KRA and Partners Pre-Screen Candidates for Hiring Fair

The Chicago Westside American Job Center, operated by KRA for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), was an integral participant in pre-screening job-seeking hopefuls for the invitation-only World Business Chicago Westside Hiring Fair. World Business Chicago, a not-for-profit corporation, coordinates Chicago’s business retention and attraction efforts; raises Chicago’s profile as a prime business location; and serves as a resource for the community, bringing together key parties in the public- and private-sectors to accelerate economic development and growth. The 200 jobseekers selected to attend the Fair had to undergo a pre-screening process, which included resume review, update, and/or development; interview tips
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Why the Current Workforce System is Not Suited to Help Medicaid Beneficiaries Meet Work Requirements

(A Center for Law and Social Policy October 31, 2018 Newsletter Reprint) For the first time in the 53-year history of Medicaid, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance in January saying it would consider state proposals to take health coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. Since then, over a dozen states have requested such waivers from CMS, with Arkansas the first to implement. However, the January guidance made clear that CMS would not allow states to use Medicaid funds for the costs of providing job training or related services to Medicaid recipients. Many states have therefore
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KRA Continues to Air Innovative Workforce-Services Podcasts

In March 2016, the San Diego Career Centers—partners in the American Job Center of California network, operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—launched Searching in San Diego, the official SDWP Podcast for on-demand access to the most up-to-date workforce-related information and resources for both job-seeking professionals and employers. Highlighting “workforce topics, trends, and tips you need to know on the go”, KRA’s Diana Saldivar, Social Media & Communications Specialist, and Shadia Omer, Digital and Multimedia Coordinator, co-host the Podcast, supported by a team of Career Development, Business Services, Facilitation, and Special Projects Coordinators, whose own experiences, many times, contribute to episode
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

In January 2018, when James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, recruited a local drivers’ education business as a Work Experience Program supporter, he was more than pleased that YouthWorks!  was gaining not just a valuable employer-partner, but an invaluable community-involvement partner as well! Benjamin and Allan Griffin founded B&A Brothers Driving Academy, LLC in honor and memory of their brother Bernard Griffin. Allan comments, “The unbreakable bond between Bernard, Benjamin, and myself guided the establishment of B&A to foster service in the communities where it was most needed, working toward the common good of individuals, especially our youth.” Both brothers attended Morgan State University. Allan (on
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

On September 19th, the San Diego County Career Centers, operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—winner of the 2018 NAWB National WIOA Trailblazer Award—hosted its third Annual Job-I-Con Hiring Fair, an extremely beneficial event for  jobseekers and employers alike. Jobseekers get to talk up their experience and expertise, connecting with dozens of employers in a relatively short amount of time. Employers, too, save time and money, interviewing and screening from a pool of hundreds of candidates. Shadia Omer, KRA Digital and Multimedia Coordinator, reported, “More than 200 jobseekers attended, networking, collecting applications and other materials, and taking advantage of the interview opportunities presented by more
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KRA Customer’s Success Leads to Career Opportunity for Another

Three months ago, Tiana McLeish enrolled in YouthWorks!—a career-development program for Out-of-School Youth and young adults (18-24)—operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Adhering to the Workforce Excellence Series, developed by AAWDC, YouthWorks! combines career assessment and guidance with workplace-skills training to equip young jobseekers with resources that maximize their potential for long-term workforce success. James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, reported, “During a Workplace Excellence Workshop, our Career Exploration Team agreed that Tiana’s skills-and-interest assessments indicated she would be highly successful in a customer-service career environment.” Following productive career-planning and-counseling sessions, the Team also agreed that Tiana was workforce-ready, and
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KRA Represents Employment Sector on Reentry Coalition Executive Committee

Based in Chambersburg, PA, the Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a proprietary KRA program operated for the South Central PA Works WIB, serves the unique career-development needs of young adults, 17 to 24, who are disconnected from both school and the job market, by linking academic and vocational training services to achieve workforce-related success. Recently, Amien “Tim” Hodge, KRA/K2C Operations Manager, received an invitation from Alaina Ingels, which read, “I’m pleased to announce that you have been nominated to represent the employment sector on the Franklin Together Reentry Coalition’s Executive Committee. As the Coalition Coordinator, I believe your work experience, knowledge and special skill sets would complement our committee and
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KRA Selected to Support Office of Family Assistance TANF Webinar

On August 22, 2018, from 1:00 -2:30pm (ET), Anthony Featherstone, KRA Director of Workforce Operations, and Sylvelt Walker, KRA Education & Business Services Manager, DC TANF Employment Program, will serve as panelists for the OFA Peer TA Webinar on Developing Stable Employer Partnerships. Recognizing that strong partnerships between TANF programs and employers can lead to better long-term employment outcomes for participants, the Webinar will stress that through partnering with employers, TANF programs gain direct access to information about potential and existing job openings, current occupational and skill needs, and anticipated changes within the organization that may impact jobs. Featherstone and
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KRA Convenes Workforce Development Extravaganza for Out-of-School Youth

The KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a proprietary program operated as a WIOA One-Stop Center for California’s Orange County Development Board, serves the unique career-development needs of young adults, 17 to 24, disconnected from both school and the workforce. K2C, which links academic and occupational development to employment-related services, recently hosted its 2018 End of the Year Summer Extravaganza.  Attended by 40 percent of enrolled K2C Academy participants, the multi-activity event included engaging demonstrations, presentations, and workshops provided by several key K2C community partners and stakeholders, including: Michele Worth, presented Self-Care Through Art, representative of her award-winning Worth Visual Arts Program that helps at-risk teens and young adults learn
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Congress Passes Perkins CTE Act Reauthorization

A reprint from the USCM Workforce Development Council July 30 Washington Update newsletter. On Wednesday, July 25, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) passed the House, two days after being approved by the Senate.  The legislation reauthorizes and revamps the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and is the first overhaul of the legislation in more than a decade. The Senate adopted a substitute amendment from Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (TN) to limit the Department of Education’s role in how the federal government doles out funding. The
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