KRA Workforce & Government News

The USDOL WorkforceGPS Newsletter is one of the most educational and informative venues KRA has found for staying up-to-date on the latest ETA/AJC Workforce System Strategies’ events, programs, and resources.  If you are looking for evidence-based research and emerging practices, Workforce System Strategies (WSS) is the place to start on WorkforceGPS. Through our own Workforce & Government Edition of Inside KRA Today, we are sharing the contents of the August edition with our business- and career-services customers, our clients, and our other valuable partners and stakeholders.   WSS Summertime Reads – With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming school year; and in that spirit,
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Anti-Poverty Advocates Condemn the RAISE Act as an Affront to Working Families

Reprint of August 4, 2017  CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) released the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act), which would drastically reduce legal immigration to the United States. Backed by the Trump Administration, the proposal would cap refugee admissions, cut total immigration in half by eliminating diversity visas and cutting family-based visas, and create a new visa system that awards points to potential immigrants based on characteristics such as speaking English and having higher education levels. The bill also includes troubling provisions that would
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Senate Rejects Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Reprint from CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people. Today, as we mark Medicaid’s 52nd birthday, we also celebrate the defeat of deeply disturbing proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and tear health coverage away from tens of millions of Americans.  CLASP is delighted to join others in breathing a sigh of relief that Medicaid and the ACA will continue to provide health insurance for children, families, young adults, people with disabilities, senior citizens, low-wage workers, and so many others. Thank you to everyone who
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CWP Honors KRA Workforce Professionals and Customers

Capital Workforce Partners, KRA client-partner for the operation of the multi-site Greater Hartford American Job Center, recently convened its 13th Annual Meeting Breakfast and Awards Ceremony.  Addressing the theme of “Aligning Vision to Action”, Mr. Alex Johnson, CWP President & CEO, extended a warm and inspirational welcome to nearly 200 guests, and bestowed “Star Awards”, a highlight of the event, honoring those who provide, and receive, life-changing workforce-development services in Connecticut’s North Central Region. Professional Workforce Star Awards were presented to Mark Allen, KRA Retention Specialist, for his relentless dedication to the success of customers participating in the Free to Succeed Program for returning
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What’s at Stake for Low-Income People in Federal Budget, Health Care Bills?

Reprint of July 13, 2017  CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) Article A U.S. House subcommittee is voting today on a bill that would slash federal funding for programs that support the economic security of children, families, and individuals of modest means. CLASP has issued a statement with our reactions to why this bill is yet another assault by Congressional leaders and the president on crucial supports for American communities. In addition, the U.S. Senate today released a new health care bill that, like previous bills from both the House and Senate, would leave millions without insurance and end
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KRA/WRC One-Stop Career Center in the News!

The headline of Chamber Connection—the monthly newsletter of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors and Convention Bureau—read “Workforce Resource Center Provides Opportunities for Local Job Seekers, Businesses”. Herbert Villa, KRA Business Services Representative, is quoted in the article as saying, “People see us as another unemployment office of EDD [Employment Development Department], when in fact we are so much more than that.” The article goes on to state, “…community members are often surprised to learn just how many different services the facility offers to both job seekers and businesses in need of employees.” The WRC, funded by the
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our June Spotlight! is shining brightly on “Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin’ town”!  Recently, on behalf of KRA and its client-partner, the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), Ron Hearns, KRA Director of Midwest Workforce Operations, welcomed 60 guests to the Grand Opening of the Westside American Job Center! Hearns then introduced Knowlton R. Atterbeary, KRA President & CEO, who extended his own welcome, including a special thank-you, to the assemblage, which included Karin Norington-Reaves, CCWP CEO; Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President; Alicia Ivy, Administrative Assistant to Ward 7 Alderman, Walter Burnett; and a host of Chicago-Cook region representatives and stakeholders. The Westside Center opened
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KRA Supports Building A Better Long Beach

Recently, the Long Beach City News website reported, “On Tuesday, June 6, Mayor Robert Garcia, in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, presented an update on new development within the City and major construction projects underway that are ready to break ground over the next few years.” Long Beach is “home” to KRA’s first Knowedge2Career (K2C) Academy—a proprietary workforce-services program for young adults disconnected from school and the workplace—and the K2C Team, especially Joanie Sonnet, KRA Business Liaison, was more than a little excited to learn about the City’s new-development plans. Robert Garcia, Long Beach Mayor was joined by
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Trump Order Weakens Apprenticeship System, Continues to Slash Funding for Workforce Training

June 19, 2017 – Reprint from CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people.   On June 15, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) meant to “expand apprenticeships in America.” Under the current system, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and state apprenticeship agencies register all apprenticeship programs. However, this EO proposes to decentralize the registration of apprenticeships to enable third parties—including a variety of corporate, nonprofit, trade groups, or other entities—to independently register or recognize apprenticeships. The implementation of this EO is likely to expand
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This is Workforce Development

Reprint of June 15, 2017 San Diego Workforce Partnership* CEO Message The idea of “workforce development week” by the Trump administration sounds promising…on the surface. However, the President’s proposed budget plan includes a 40% cut in funding. That is not a typo. This is not a cut. This is absurd. This is an evisceration of a system that works. Funding for workforce development has already been reduced by $1 billion since 2010. Cutting further is counterintuitive and would be devastating to millions of job seekers around the country. Many of those impacted would be our most vulnerable, at-risk and underrepresented. The
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