Programs Create Diverse Events to Celebrate Workforce Development Month
In 2005, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals created Workforce Development Professionals Month, raising awareness about the importance of our industry to a growing national economy. Originally celebrated in May, NAWDP moved the designation to September in 2012.
In 2022, a U.S. Senate resolution designated September as Workforce Development Month, recognizing the importance of equipping Americans with the education and training necessary to advance their careers and to contribute to the national economy.
Staff from the KRA Westside American Job Center and the Chatham Education and Workforce Center celebrated with an introspective 1-day program focused on health and wellness, affording the two groups an opportunity to “recharge their batteries”, connecting, having fun, and sharing resources through team-building exercises and a “painting with a purpose” activity to express their creative sides.
For the DC Department of Human Services, KRA operates co-located Educational and Occupational Training and Job Placement Programs, whose teams hosted special community-outreach events with staff- and customer-participants each week of September.
The kick-off event included representatives from Project HOPE, which provides IT and CDL certifications, and SOME, Inc. that focuses on career coaching, educational certification, and housing assistance. Both organizations provided information on open positions and how customers can access career opportunities with DC METRO and various government agencies.
Local banks participated during the month—a Truist representative provided information on family-focused financial planning, and M&T’s representative spoke with customers about open positions and how to gain employment.
KRA is proud to be part of an industry that is critical to the success of other industries, providing un- and under-employed adults and youth with training and upskilling services that lead to prosperity for businesses, their employees and communities, and our economy as a whole.
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