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Ruiz Excels in Giving and Receiving Training and Development Experiences

Even while directing the operations of three KRA departments—Accounting, Contract Services, and People & Culture—Zaskia Ruiz, Executive Vice President, Administration & Finance, carves out time to share her 20+ years’ experience through industry conferences, including CWA, NAJA, and NAWDP. On the giving end, on March 10th, for the 37th Annual NAJA Conference, Zaskia facilitated two workshops, Fiscal Management in the Virtual Office and Fiscal and Program Collaboration, both of which were well-attended, with an average of 100 participants each. Both were also very well-received, with two comments reflective of many others, “Thanks for the amazing experience.” and “Thanks for a great
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Joseph L. Seymour Slated for SETA Presidency

Following two highly successful presentations on March 9, 2022, at the NAJA Annual Conference, Joseph Seymour, Managing Director, Operational Excellence, and 2nd Vice President (VP) of the Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA)—headed to Florida to present on March 13th at the SETA Spring Conference, sponsored by KRA, for the fifth time in 6 years. Three days in a row, Joseph’s flights were cancelled.  Arriving on March 14th, he missed the chance to present, but not the opportunity to attend the Annual Members Meeting, during which he was elected 1st VP as of July 1, 2022, and President, beginning July 1,
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KRA Ready to Support Workforce Boards in Implementing New and Existing Federal Initiatives

On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, which provides funding to launch new education- and workforce-related initiatives, to increase funding levels for many existing programs, and to expand economic support for low-income and traditionally underserved communities. For 40+ years, as a National Leader in Workforce Development, KRA has provided critical services—i.e. research & evaluation, training & technical assistance, and program operations—that support workforce-related programs for under-represented Youth and Adult populations. All Federal agencies benefit from the Act’s provisions.  However, it is the Department of Labor’s $13.2 billion in discretionary appropriations, particularly the
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KRA/SETA Executive Presents Back-to-Back, Coast-to-Coast  

Following  two presentations at the NAJA Annual Conference in San Francisco on March 9, 2022, Joseph L. Seymour—KRA Managing Director, Operational Excellence and SETA 2nd Vice President—will head to Miramar Beach, FL for the SETA Spring Conference, sponsored by KRA. On March 13, first day of the 4-day event, 1:00pm-3:30pm, Joseph will facilitate Now What? Successfully Navigating the New Normal as Workforce Development Professionals, addressing critical questions, such as “how do we manage our fears, and prioritize our mental and emotional well-being while attempting to change the lives of individuals struggling with the same challenges?” A 13-year KRA veteran, Joseph
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KRA Executives Cover NAJA 2022 Program and Fiscal Tracks

The National Association of Job Training Assistance 37th Annual Conference, convened March 7-11, 2022, focused on two breakout-session “tracks”.  Two of KRA’s most engaging and sought-after experts each presented two exciting and informative workshops. On March 9th, on the Program Track, Joseph L. Seymour, Managing Director, Operational Excellence, facilitated From Co-Workers to Community—exploring practical ways to apply the new science of—Building High-Performing Teams in the Post-Pandemic Workplace as workforce-development leaders settle into the new normal, facing the challenge of re-connecting and re-building our teams. Later in the day, Joseph presented Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals, discussing types of traumas, the
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New KRA Partnership Supports Ex-offenders In West and Southside Chicago Communities  

Mignonne Barnes, KRA Program Director, reports, “Strong community partnerships ensure that the Westside American Job Center and the Chatham Education and Workforce Center [both operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership] continue to provide WIOA Adult Services for every eligible jobseeker in our communities.” Recently, she met with Ivory Snow, Chief Administer Officer, St. Leonard’s Ministries (SLM), and other staff, to explore mutual goals related to technical and soft skills training resulting in job-placement opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals. In addition to the social stigma generally attached to returning citizens, many present multiple challenges related to homelessness, mental illness, racial
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KRA Corporate Director Featured in Strategic Media Venues

In March 2016, the San Diego County Career Centers—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—launched Searching in San Diego, the official SDWP Podcast for up-to-date workforce-services information for both jobseekers and employers.  More than 100 episodes have aired, many supported by KRA/SDWP Career- and Business-Services specialists, who contribute the benefit of their expertise. However, for Episode 111: Women in the Workforce, a KRA corporate-level executive, Dr. Kordilia Noble, Director, Partnerships & Market Development, joined the program. She discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on women, African American women in particular, as well as her perspective on the importance of access
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KRA/Baltimore City Customers Train for Self-Employment

The Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the BCDSS, includes a mandatory 3-month Work Experience (WEX) Program Internship.  The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC) has been a valued WEX-site for several years, recently providing workplace-readiness internships for seven KRA customers. Since all of the WEX participants had expressed interest in developing their own businesses, Azalee Fisher, DHCDC Community Outreach Director, offered them the opportunity to enroll in an Entrepreneurial Training Program founded by Dr. Lela Campbell, and directed by Katrina Leonard, both from the Workforce Development Center of A Step Forward Inc. Several small-business development specialists
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

 KRA Non-Profit Partner is a Valued Employer The WIOA and TANF programs that KRA operates across the country cultivate collaborative partnerships with local employers—businesses and non-profit organizations—essential to the workplace success of our jobseeker-customers. In Baltimore City, the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the BCDSS, requires up to a 3-month Work Experience (WEX) Internship, at the end of which, the intern-jobseeker is either hired by the WEX employer, or given another assignment. The New Vision House of Hope (NVHOH), an exceptional WEX-site provider, has assisted dozens of KRA jobseekers optimize their employment options, hiring several in
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KRA Partners With One of Chicago’s Biggest Minority-Owned Businesses

The collaboration between the Westside American Job Center (WAJC) and The Will Group began in July 2021, and expanded 2 months later to include the Southside Chatham Education & Workforce Center, both of which KRA operates for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Ms. Mignonne Barnes, Program Director, reports, “Since studying the short-term hiring needs of The Will Group, members of our Business Services Team have referred four female and five male candidates for jobs in Assembly, Field Auditing, Driving, and Shipping and Receiving.” These positions offer not only job training and stability, but also opportunities for advancement in the company’s
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