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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

San Diego Customer Now on KRA Corporate Career Path In high school, Dennis Aumack’s favorite classes were in the business program.  After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy “to get off the streets of New York City and discover great opportunities.” After 22 years of service, Mr. Aumack retired from the Navy in 2014, as a Disabled Veteran, confident that his military career, and a BA/Business Management-MBA combo, would almost guarantee a high-paying position in the civilian job market. However, his “dream” job, in which he could fully realize his passion for business was elusive.  For 7 years, Mr.
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KRA Employees Focus on Self-Care in Emerging Post-Pandemic Era

In late November 2019, KRA staff at the Chicago Westside American Job Center (WAJC)—operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership—participated in a Staff Development Day session devoted to Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, created by Kelly Butler, Trainer/Special Projects Coordinator. Four months later, lessons learned that day would be sorely tested during the ensuing months, coping with the trauma introduced by the COVID-19 crisis that impacted everyone’s personal and professional interactions and relationships. Ms. Butler commented, “Recently, we were able to gather for our first in-person training, focused on Self-Care, providing a venue for team bonding, collaboration, and positivity. Actually, there
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KRA Customer Achieves Success Through Employment Recovery Initiative

An integral component of the San Diego Workforce Partnership Career Centers Program—operated by KRA—is the Employment Recovery Initiative (ERI), a WIOA Program for Dislocated Workers, unemployed due to actual or anticipated business closures or downsizing actions. Aron Steck had been job-hunting for approximately 6 months, after his position—Senior Manager of Events for corporate- and association-conferences and tradeshows—was eliminated, as in-person events were severely curtailed, or cancelled altogether, due to COVID-19 restrictions. He stated, “It was particularly devastating because it had taken me a couple of years to find that position, which I had been in only 4 months when the
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KRA Customer on Career Path to Realize Childhood Dream

In 2015, Myrtice Taylor applied for TANF-TCA benefits through the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS), which required her to enroll in a Job Readiness Program (JRP)—a critical component of the KRA Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program—prior to qualifying for occupational-skills training and/or job-placement opportunities. While attending JRP workshops, Ms. Taylor also participated in KRA’s unsubsidized Work Experience (WEX) Program. Volunteering at several public schools led to a job offer from the Baltimore City School System as a Classroom Aide, helping children with special needs. Unfortunately, in July 2021, Ms. Taylor became unemployed, re-applied to BCDSS, and was
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Supports South East Collaborative Workforce Development Initiative For the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (Partnership), KRA provides a comprehensive array of career-development services—guidance, education, occupational-skills training, and employment—for the area’s Adult, Dislocated, and Youth jobseekers through the Westside American Job Center and, since August 2020, the Chatham Education and Workforce Center (CEWC) on the Southside. Already struggling economically, first from the impact of the 2007-2009 Recession, and then from the devastating effects of COVID-19, area public- and private-sector leaders realized the need to do more to support the Chatham Community. On the 3rd Thursday of each month, members of the
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KRA Surpasses 100 Episodes of “Searching in San Diego” Podcasts

The San Diego Career Centers (SDCC)—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—launched Searching in San Diego, the official SDWP Podcast for on-demand access to up-to-date “workforce topics, trends, and tips” for both jobseekers and employers in March 2016. To date, 108 episodes have been co-hosted by Diana Saldivar, KRA Career Centers Brand Manager and Doug Foresta, Workforce180 Director of Podcast Services and Communications, and supported by KRA/SDWP Career- and Business-Services specialists, who contribute their expertise. For example, in E108: The Tables Have Turned, Maxine Suka, KRA Director of Workforce Operations, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the “tables
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New Home Leads to New Hope for KRA/Reno Customer

New to the region, and committed to finding a well-paying job, Johnathon entered the KRA American Job Center of Nevada (AJCN)—operated for NevadaWorks, Northern Nevada’s Workforce Board—on August 15, 2021. For Johnathon, preparing, looking, and finding employment in a new town was a daunting endeavor. However, determined to succeed in providing financial stability for himself and his son as quickly as possible, he was relieved when greeted by AJCN staff, eager to assist and provide a “tour” of all the available services. One such service was full access to the Resource Center, in which Johnathon spent hours, working one-on-one with
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Two Years on Bumpy Road Lead to Smooth Career Path for KRA Customer

Keshana Dorsey enrolled in the KRA Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program on September 12, 2019, after applying to the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) for TANF-TCA benefits. Two critical Program components include Community Work Experience (WEX) assignments with local private- and public-sector organizations, and a comprehensive Job Readiness Program (JRP) —both of which optimize opportunities for sustainable employment and career development. Unfortunately, personal circumstances led to Ms. Dorsey leaving the Program when her first WEX assignment ended on November 24, 2019. On January 15, 2020, having re-enrolled with BCDSS, she began a second WEX-site assignment, only
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

A Message from the KRA President & CEO Celebrating National Workforce Development Professionals Month   “The world in which we live equally distributes talent but, does not equally distribute opportunity”, so states a TV ad for a popular university, and a quote I believe serves well as a mantra for the Workforce Development industry. I founded KRA Corporation with a belief that sustainable community-based economic development was linked inextricably to a skilled workforce…a conviction that became my life’s mission and the motivation that guides me, and all the dedicated professionals who have worked for KRA over the past 40 years.
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A Bright Future Emerges from a Dark Past for KRA Customer

In December 2017, the Baltimore City Department of Social Services referred Alfred Howard, a TCA-TANF recipient, for enrollment in KRA’s Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, which requires comprehensive Job Readiness Workshops (JRW) and Work Experience (WEX) Internships prior to eligibility for Occupational Skills Training (OST) opportunities. As a single father of an 11-month-old son, and desperately warding off homelessness, Mr. Howard sometimes engaged in questionable “street activities” for money.  In fact, he was facing criminal charges that jeopardized not only his freedom, but custody of his son! Shawnda Walker, Lead Job Developer & WEX Site Supervisor, developed a strategic
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