Sixty jobseekers enrolled in the PGWorks Employment and Training Program, operated by KRA Corporation for the Prince George’s (PG) County Department of Social Services, listened intently as Delegate Jolene Ivey, Representative for the 47th Legislative District, Maryland House of Delegates, spoke about why participating in civic affairs is both a right—and a responsibility.
Shawna Wright, KRA Operations Manager, reported “Delegate Ivey is held in high regard and widely respected for her record of advocating for those less fortunate, especially at-risk youth, children, and families. She is an excellent speaker—on voter registration, local and state government organization, the legislative process, etc.—but, just as important, she is a good listener, addressing our customers’ concerns on childcare, education, housing, and of course—unemployment.”
Delegate Ivey serves on the prestigious Ways and Means Committee; is House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families; is a member of the Legislative Black Caucus and the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review; and is Chair of the PG County House Delegation.
With a resume this impressive, it is no wonder that Gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Doug Gansler selected Ivey to join his ticket as Lieutenant Governor for the 2014 election. Of special interest and relevance to KRA’s Maryland-based workforce development programs is the Gansler/Ivey Jobs Plan for All Maryland, an agenda that includes modernizing our workforce, bringing businesses and jobs to every part of Maryland, and supporting and nurturing existing businesses.