Our October Spotlight! is shining brightly on the KRA 2015 Community Care Campaign, and the dedicated private, public, and non-profit organizations with whom we continue to collaborate in keeping disability employment a high-priority workforce-services concern.
We are proud of the achievements of our local programs in expanding, initiating, and/or supporting efforts that capitalize on the abilities of our customers for whom various challenges present significant barriers to sustainable employment.
Each KRA program deserves its own spotlight, which will be shining on them in future articles! However, today we are pleased to provide vignettes on some of the CCC partnership-projects across the country.
The Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, partnered with Coppin State University to provide Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling Department volunteers to counsel disabled TANF jobseekers entering the workforce.
As part of its Disability Employment Services Program, Hartford’s CTWorks/ AJC, funded by Capital Workforce Partners, hosted its 3rd Annual Disability Employment Awareness Resource Fair, including workshops on navigating the CT/DOL website for assessment, labor-market, and job-search resources.
Collaborating with established KRA private- and public-sector partners that set-aside positions for persons with disabilities, PGWorks, funded by the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, joined forces with the DC TANF Employment Program (TEP) to host their first Annual Disability Hiring Event.
The San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, participated as a workforce-services “vendor” in Jobtoberfest, an annual career and resource fair for individuals with disabilities organized by the San Diego Committee for Employment of People With Disabilities.
In addition, TEP, operated for the DC Department of Human Services, established an MOA with the Department of Disability Services to co-locate vocational rehabilitation specialists in the KRA office to better serve jobseekers with disabilities.
On the overwhelming success of the CCC, Patrick Boxall, KRA Vice President & COO, commented, “We are very pleased that, as in years past, a critical workforce-services issue that was targeted as a one-month awareness campaign has been re-energized as a day-to-day operational commitment on the part of our local programs.”