KRA/Hartford AJC Staff Dress-Up to Support Regional Programs

Some organizations have an optional “Dress-Down” or “Casual” Friday policy. However, for staff of the KRA/Hartford American Job Center—operated in 37 North Central Connecticut towns for Capital Workforce Partners—it is Dress-Up Your Jeans to Help Those in Need Friday. Dress-Up? Artie Owens, KRA Senior Director of Workforce Operations, comments, “All of our WIOA and TANF Program Team members appreciate how incredibly uplifting it is to extend our dedication to workforce-services into an ongoing commitment to community-service in the region we serve. Five dollars per-participant may seem to be relatively a small donation, but in the aggregate represents figuratively a small fortune!” Between August and October 2018,
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KRA/Orange County Hosts OCBCC Leadership Reception

Last month, KRA hosted a Black History Month Leadership Reception, sponsored by KRA funding partner, the Orange County Development Board, in partnership with the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce. During the event, the 42nd stamp in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Black Heritage Series, honoring iconic dancer-actor Gregory Hines, (1946-2003), was unveiled. The event, convened at the Orange County One-Stop Career Center in Irvine, attracted more than 80 attendees, including representatives from several public-sector entities, including the Irvine City Council, the Office of the Orange County Supervisor, the California State Assembly, and the US House of Representatives and Senate.
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Hartford K2C Academy Supports Regional Manufacturing Industry

In 2015, KRA launched the proprietary Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, offering Out-of-School Youth (OSY) customized career services, including occupational-skills development, such as On-the-Job Training (OJT) linked directly to employment with employers in high-demand industries. Similar to KRA programs in California and Illinois, the newest K2C Academy—serving OSY, 18-to-24—is in Hartford, operated in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, as an integral component of the KRA American Job Center operation, funded by Capital Workforce Partners, serving WIOA-eligible Adults and Youth and TANF recipients. Targeting the Manufacturing Industry, K2C provides Tooling U-SME coursework, which complies with CT/DOL Pre-Apprenticeship requirements. In addition to 72 hours of classroom
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Westside AJC Supports Chicago Construction Industry – Recently, from Linthicum, MD, a report emerged related to the KRA YouthWorks! Construction Academy that is contributing to the industry’s efforts to address a critical skilled-worker shortage. In Chicago, IL—700 miles away—another KRA program is playing a pivotal role, under the auspices of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), in the development of three training projects, one of which is ConstructionWorks, powered by the Illinois Tollway under the Workforce Development Technical Assistance Initiative (WDTAI). Ron Hearns, KRA Director of Midwest Workforce Operations, reports, “As the vendor selected for the Initiative, the CCWP tasked
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KRA Las Vegas One-Stop Hosts First Workforce Summit

Last month was much busier-than-usual for the KRA Southern Nevada One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) program, operated for Workforce Connections. On January 17, Bonita Fahy, Director of Operations, promoted what turned out to be a highly successful OSCC Event on TV! Subsequently, on January 31, KRA hosted the first Workforce Summit 2019, a major event planned and implemented to facilitate continued integration of the Southern Nevada One-Stop Delivery System (OSDS), provide partners a venue for networking, set the vision for the OSCC-Las Vegas District Library expansion, and promote staff development through cross-training opportunities. Through the OSDS, a seamless KRA/OSCC operation supports
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KRA YouthWorks! Celebrates First Construction Academy Graduation

According to equipmentworld.com, “During and after the Great Recession—between 2007 and 2011—2 million workers left the construction industry, either retiring or finding more stable work in another industry” and a recent Associated General Contractors of America survey found that 63 percent of U.S. construction firms faced a shortage of skilled workers in the last year, with 30 percent forced to turn down work because of it. One of the largest industry trade associations, the Home Builders Institute (HBI), is responding aggressively to this critical shortage with its award-winning PACT (Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training) program, customizing academic-skills learning with hands-on vocational-skills training to address the unique
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KRA Las Vegas Director Promotes One-Stop Event on TV!

Bonita Fahy, Director of KRA One-Stop Career Center Operations in Las Vegas, reports the phenomenal success of a recent workforce-services event for the community, complete with local TV promotional coverage! “On behalf of our mutual client, Workforce Connections, Red 7 Communications proposed that we conduct a series of events to draw people to our public libraries, the heart of our One Stop Operations’ programs. As a team, we decided to conduct ‘The Great Resume Review’ as the first event, and Red 7 suggested—and Workforce Connections agreed—that I conduct the TV interviews to promote the event, which aired on KTNV ABC13
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New Nevada Governor Delivered “Keynote” for Opening of KRA Nevada AJC

On October 12, 2018, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the new American Job Center Of Nevada, Stephen F. Sisolak was Commissioner of Clark County, Nevada. On January 7, 2019, he was sworn into office as the 30th Governor of Nevada! Adrienne Santiago, KRA Program Manager, reports, “I invited Mr. Sisolak to be the Keynote Speaker for the event, hosted by the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, and he agreed, focusing his remarks on our fast-growing local economy and the big companies that are relocating to the Region—Amazon, Panasonic, Switch, Tesla, and Zulily, to name a few.” Board
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KRA Takes Leadership Role in Community Walkway Clean Up

Recently, under the headline “Mud damaged trail in January becoming refurbished Montecito walking path this month”, John Palminteri [KEYT.com] reported, “A once mud covered section of Jameson Lane is getting refurbished to make a new neighborhood walkway. Covered in mud and debris in the January Montecito disaster, a newly refurbished trail is about to open.”  Though the project was on county land, the site-restoration work, coordinated by KRA and the Santa Barbara Workforce Resource Center, was funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. Colin Ayers, KRA Site Supervisor, worked with the FEMA representatives and the non-profit Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade,
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House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing on Minimum Wage

A reprint from the December 10th Washington Update, the weekly newsletter of the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council “On Wednesday, December 12, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold the hearing ‘Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses’ in the Rayburn House Office Building at 10:00 a.m. EST. Republicans, in their last hearing in the majority, will use the hearing to make the case that a $15 minimum will hurt businesses. Congressman Bobby Scott (VA), who is expected to take over as chairman, said last month that the committee
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