Archives for Workforce & Government

KRA Chicago Supports South Shore COVID-19 Grant Program

When the federal Department of Health and Human Services declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national public-health emergency, KRA clients, including the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) were eligible to apply, through States, for Dislocated Worker Grant/Disaster Recovery Employment (DWG/DRE) funding. Awarded by the Secretary of the Department of Labor, these grants provide disaster-relief employment and employment-related services for WIOA-eligible Dislocated Workers affected by major workforce displacements, including temporary or permanent layoffs due to COVID-19. The Partnership selected KRA to support the South Shore Works Planning and Preservation Coalition that operates the DWG/DRE-funded South Shore Community Wellness Fellow Program, which
Read More

Nevada Governor Appoints KRA Program Manager to Conflict-Resolution Board

KRA congratulates Michael Smith, Program Manager of our Reno-based American Job Center of Nevada (AJCN), on his appointment by the Honorable Stephen F. Sisolak to serve out the unexpired term of a retired Government Employee- Management Relations Board member. His appointment became effective at the October 27 Board meeting, which in response to COVID-19 restrictions was convened via video conferencing.  After completing the 8-month balance of his predecessor’s term, Mr. Smith will begin his 4-year term on July 1, 2021. He joined KRA in September 2019, following a dedicated 32-year career as a Teacher, Coach, Student Support Services Coordinator, Assistant
Read More

OJT…A Win-Win Opportunity for KRA Business- and Career-Services Customers

KRA’s proprietary Knowledge2Career (K2C)) Academy offers Out-of-School Youth customized career-development services, including on-the-job training (OJT) linked directly to employment with companies in high-demand industries. For Capital Workforce Partners, the North Central Connecticut WDB, KRA operates a K2C Academy, in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT).  Targeting the Manufacturing Industry, Tooling U-SME provides coursework and certification, with hands-on instruction provided through OJT agreements with regional employers. On March 17, 2020, KRA introduced a new K2C cohort, with 19 students—one of whom was Manuel Otero—who had passed qualifying Mechanical Aptitude Tests. Tony Harrington, KRA Operations Manager, commented, “Manuel expressed concern about a
Read More

Work Group Led by KRA Corporate Counsel Recommends Repeal of Maryland LEO Bill of Rights

A previous Latest News article reported that Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, had appointed Vanessa E. Atterbeary, KRA Corporate Counsel, to chair a Police Reform and Accountability Workgroup. Recently, The Baltimore Sun posted an article, which read, “A group of state lawmakers endorsed repealing the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, a tentative first step toward jettisoning a law that many believe protects police officers from being held accountable for bad acts.” Tantamount to righting a wrong, in 1974, Maryland was the first state to pass such a law—a blueprint for America on protecting corrupt and
Read More

KRA Convenes “Back to Business Virtual Night” for Customers

As a TANF Employment Program (TEP) Provider for the DC Department of Human Services (DCDHS), KRA provides customized Job Placement for recipients ready to enter the workforce, and Education and Occupational Training for customers needing pre-employment readiness services. Since March, when COVID-19 prevention requirements forced the closing of the TEP office, KRA staff have continued to support customers, working from home and utilizing a Zoom-based service-delivery approach to augment daily e-mail and phone check-ins with customers. Furthermore, KRA collaborates with several local educational institutions, including UDC, to access additional distance-learning resources to continue supporting our customers and their families. Recently,
Read More

KRA Opens Second Construction Academy in Maryland

KRA is a licensed provider of the Home Builders Institute (HBI) award-winning PACT (Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training) Program, based on its proprietary National Construction Skill Standards, as well as National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Standards. On September 4, 2018, KRA opened its first Construction Academy, in Anne Arundel County, implementing PACT curriculum, which provides core skills for graduates to compete for entry-level and/or semi-skilled job opportunities across multiple specializations in the construction industry. For the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS), KRA operates the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, assisting TANF-TCA jobseekers to increase sustainable-employment
Read More

KRA Customer Helps Makello Create Potential Revenue Streams

  Overlooking the beautiful San Diego skyline, on the top floor of the Central Library, the KRA San Diego Career Centers—operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—hosted its 4th Annual JOB-I-CON Hiring Fair in September 2019. An SDWP/Career Center On-the-Job-Training (OJT) Program partner, Makello, understood just how daily solar progression, heat gain, glare, and backlighting, created by floor-to-ceiling windows, can affect trade-show success. Therefore, they chose a location closest to the Fair entrance to attract career-hopefuls before the heat-buildup became uncomfortable. To fill a Research Assistant OJT-position, Makello interviewed eight candidates, selecting Linda Boisvert, who, when offered the opportunity
Read More

Customer Thanks KRA PGWorks Team for “The Hope Given”

KRA operates the PGWorks Employment and Training Program—for jobseekers applying for TCA/TANF benefits—for the Prince George’s County (PGC) Department of Social Services The Subject line read: The Hope Given.  Melody Daniel, Program Manager, and Candi Rawls, Career Agent, opened their inboxes to find a message from Mark Shepard that began, “I am reaching out concerning the KRA Job Service team…whose interactions with me were patient, kind, understanding, and provided the information I needed to proceed toward achieving my goals.” Mark, 48, had worked as a Director of Operations/Supervising Chief Engineer until a COVID-19 lay-off. With no income, and UI benefits denied because he
Read More

Maryland Comptroller Thanks KRA Program Director for Contribution to Economic Recovery During Pandemic

Recently, Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller, thanked William McIntyre, “for participating in the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s virtual conversation…regarding the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our society.  The impact that you and other leaders in the Greater Washington region have on the economy is immeasurable for the jobs created and critical revenue generated.” Mr. McIntyre, KRA Program Director for a District of Columbia (DC) TANF Employment Program (TEP), stated, “We’ve been a TEP Provider for the Department of Human Services (DHS) since 2012, providing customized workforce-development services for TANF recipients ready to enter the workforce, as well as
Read More

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Corporate Counsel “Making Things Happen” in Private- and Public-Sectors According to its website, “The Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. (MSBA) is a nonprofit, professional voluntary member organization. It does not have governmental or regulatory authority or jurisdiction over its members, which include lawyers from many states.” One esteemed MSBA member, from one of those “many states”, i.e., Maryland, is Vanessa E. Atterbeary, Esq., and she does have “governmental [and] regulatory” input, on behalf of KRA, as Corporate Counsel since 2010, and for thousands of Howard County District 13 constituents, as their elected Delegate since 2014. No stranger to positive media
Read More