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KRA Supports Healthcare Business Expansion Effort

KRA’s Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, has partnered with a major local hospital, providing HR-support services to fill Dietary, Environmental Services, and Nursing positions critical to immediate and long-range growth and expansion goals. KRA’s innovative workplace-readiness, screening, and selection processes have already resulted in a Food Service Technician hire, and 10 more pre-screened candidates for CNA, Dietary Aide, and additional Technician openings. KRA looks forward to providing exceptional customer service to our new partner, challenged by the staffing demands imposed by a high-growth industry sector, and to our talented jobseekers
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on KRA partner, Cathedral Kitchen (CK), and the students enrolled in KRA’s Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program, funded by the Camden County Workforce Investment Board. Nigel Charles, KRA/Camden Instructor, reports, “In November 2015, during an OSY Workshop session, we discussed a 2014 Census Bureau statistic that close to 40% of the Camden, New Jersey population lives below the federal poverty level. Beginning with the general challenges imposed by living in poverty, the discussion soon evolved into the specific, day-to-day impact, including the lack of enough food, that poverty has on families and their children.” Motivated to
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KRA Implements CQI Plan Aligned With Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence

No business enterprise can grow and prosper–exist, for that matter–for 35 years without continuous quality assessment, control, and improvement policies and procedures (P&P).  However, for KRA Corporation, it was time to formalize and institutionalize these P&Ps, especially in light of the changing landscape of the public and private workforce-services system. New WIOA regulations, as well as those anticipated for TANF, necessitated an introspective assessment of current  corporate and local-program P&Ps, to ensure total alignment with industry changes, and to identify areas where new approaches were needed–not just for compliance with regulations, but for KRA to remain a producer of superior program
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KRA Expanded Approach to Business Engagement Successful in Alameda County, CA

In July 2014, the same month and year that WIOA was signed into law, as part of its contract with the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), KRA Corporation implemented an Employer Services Hub Program, tasked with outreach to area businesses as a centralized point-of-service.  Connected to the County’s six American Job Centers, the KRA/Hub employed a consultative approach with its business-customers to address their workforce plans, including growth and competitiveness. One year later, when WIOA became effective, the legislation made it quite clear that WIBs, through their contracted service-providers, focus efforts on more effectively engaging businesses, i.e. developing an
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KRA/DC TANF Employment Program’s (TEP) supports new business partner, retail giant Walmart

Our Spotlight! is shining brightly on the KRA/DC TANF Employment Program’s (TEP) Job Development Services team that supported new business partner, Walmart, in a major staffing effort for the Grand Opening of the retail giant’s third DC Supercenter, which announced on its October 28th webpage, “What an amazing day for Fort Totten and the Lamond-Riggs community.” Chris Vera, Job Developer, reports, “It was also an amazing day for DC/TEP, which KRA operates for the Department of Human Services.  About a year ago, I noticed a lot of positive media attention on the prospect of Walmart building in ‘the DC community’ as
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