KRA Presents Workshops at NAWDP Annual Conference…Again!

For 30 years, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) has supported workforce-services stakeholders to enhance and maintain their skills through continuing education, networking, and sharing ideas and experiences related to new and innovative programs and services. The KRA-NAWDP partnership is a strong and long-standing one—from providing sponsorship, presentations, and video-production services for Conferences, Forums, and Symposia, to supporting KRA staff while they share their expertise as contributors to and/or members of various Board, Committee, and pilot-program activities.  KRA sponsored 24 corporate- and program-level staff members to attend the recent 2019 Annual Conference, with three senior-level employees facilitating workshops
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KRA Hartford AJC-CCAT Partnership Celebrates Most Recent Graduation

On May 1, 2019, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) posted a blog, announcing that six more students from the KRA Hartford AJC Knowledge 2 Career (K2C) Academy had graduated CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) program. The article started with, “Six students apart of the Knowledge 2 Careers Academy Program completed 18-hour hands on training at CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and graduated the program last week. The Knowledge 2 Careers Program was established by the KRA Corporation through Capital Workforce Partners in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. for Tooling U and on the job
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Reprint – USCM Workforce Development Council Weekly Newsletter – May 6

Washington Update – Appropriations/Budget On Tuesday, April 30, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies approved a Labor-HHS spending bill that provides $13.3 billion for the Department of Labor for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) — a 10 percent or nearly $1.2 billion increase from FY19 enacted levels, and far above the Trump administration’s proposed cuts of nearly 10 percent. The bill also includes $75.9 billion in funding for the Department of Education, a $4.4 billion or 6 percent increase. The bill makes available almost $4 billion, plus reimbursements, for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity
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KRA Northern Nevada AJC Hosts First Latino Career Fair

The American Job Center Of Nevada (AJC-Nevada), operated by KRA for Nevadaworks, hosted its first Latinos to Work: Get Better Pay, Faster! Career Fair at the Reno Town Mall on April 27, 2019, about which Adrienne Santiago, KRA Program Manager, reports, “About 789,000 Latinos reside in Nevada, the fifth largest statewide population! The AJC-Nevada promoted this event to provide job-seeking candidates in the Latino community access to free career-development services, including educational and occupational-skills training that lead to career paths in the workplace that maximize employment options in Northern Nevada’s in-demand industries.   Other agencies—Nevada JobConnect, Nevada DHHS and Vocational Rehabilitation, Northern
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Las Vegas OSCC Operation Expands Library-Affiliate Sites Bonita Fahy, Director, One-Stop Career Centers (OSCC), reports, “When Workforce Connections selected KRA to manage the Las Vegas-based operation, we offered our services through one Comprehensive OSCC and seven library-affiliate sites, which we expanded to include an eighth facility, the Green Valley Library, in January 2018. Today, KRA OSCC operations include 10 affiliate-sites, throughout all four Library Districts, expanding accessibility to our career-development resources for our WIOA, Welfare and Supportive Services, and Community Service Block Grant jobseekers and employers in the Southern Nevada communities we serve. In addition, on March 11, 2019, we announced
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Reprint from USCM Weekly Newsletter – April 16, 2019

  DOL Announces $87.6 Million in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Americans Exiting the Criminal Justice System – The U.S. Department of Labor recently made available $82.5 million in Reentry Employment Opportunity [REO] grants and $5 million in Fidelity Bonding Demonstration [FBD] grants to improve employment opportunities for young adults and adults exiting the criminal justice system. The grants are part of the effort on criminal justice reform. In December 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the First Step Act, which endeavors to reduce recidivism and ensure successful reentry of ex-offenders back into the community. On April 1, the Department
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Young KRA Customer “Constructing” Her Career Path

In February, KRA reported on the overall success of the first graduating class of the Construction Academy, operated through YouthWorks! for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Now, we are extremely pleased to report on an individual success story of one of the graduates, Taya Moore. James LeBlanc, Program Manager, reports, “Taya Moore is a 20-year-old OSY participant, who enrolled in the Academy in October 2018. Coming directly from completing a Summer Youth Internship Program with the Finishing Trades Union, she brought more hands-on experience than some of the other students. Right away, it was obvious that Taya was unique,
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KRA/Hartford AJC Chosen for Collaborative Pilot Program

When the opportunity arose for the American Job Center (AJC) in New Britain—one of 37 North Central, CT towns serviced by KRA/Hartford—to join a new multi-organizational collaborative, the initiative was supported readily by the regional WDB, Capitol Workforce Partners, KRA client-partner. On February 19, 2019, the New Britain Herald * featured CARES (Collaborating Actively for Resident Empowerment and Success) 2020, reporting in part, “The New Britain Housing Authority kicked off a new initiative in collaboration with local organizations to help residents become more self-sufficient in employment, education and mental and physical health. Joshua Gilmore [KRA Career Agent] and Rebecca Carruthers [KRA
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March Madness – The KRA Way

Between March 3-6, the Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA) and the North Carolina Employment and Training Association (NCETA) hosted the third Joint 2019 Spring Conference, during which Joseph Seymour, KRA Corporate Training and Development Coordinator, and John Hattery, KRA Director, Strategic Partners, delivered dynamic presentations. On March 4, Joseph facilitated The Outcome Zone: Performance Management for Workforce Development Professionals, an informative workshop, providing management-level program staff with tried-and-true techniques for creating and maintaining a high-performance workplace culture. The next day, John presented a unique, highly interactive workshop on Saying the Hard Thing to Clients, Colleagues, and Even Your Boss,
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KRA/Southern Nevada One-Stop Director Back on TV!

Earlier this month, Bonita Fahy, KRA Director of One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) Operations for Southern Nevada, was—for the second time in 2 months—featured on News 3 LV TV, this time, promoting a free LinkedIn or Left Out Workshop.  KRA reported on her first TV appearance, on February 25, 2019, in the article Las Vegas One-Stop Hosts First Workforce Summit. However, that was not the only newsworthy event last month. On February 21, Nevada’s First Congressional District Representative Dina Titus visited the Las Vegas Comprehensive OSCC. Accompanied by Ms. Fahy and Princette Bowling, KRA Manager of OSCC Operations, she toured the
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