KRA Executives Cover NAJA 2022 Program and Fiscal Tracks

The National Association of Job Training Assistance 37th Annual Conference, convened March 7-11, 2022, focused on two breakout-session “tracks”.  Two of KRA’s most engaging and sought-after experts each presented two exciting and informative workshops. On March 9th, on the Program Track, Joseph L. Seymour, Managing Director, Operational Excellence, facilitated From Co-Workers to Community—exploring practical ways to apply the new science of—Building High-Performing Teams in the Post-Pandemic Workplace as workforce-development leaders settle into the new normal, facing the challenge of re-connecting and re-building our teams. Later in the day, Joseph presented Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals, discussing types of traumas, the
Read More

New KRA Partnership Supports Ex-offenders In West and Southside Chicago Communities  

Mignonne Barnes, KRA Program Director, reports, “Strong community partnerships ensure that the Westside American Job Center and the Chatham Education and Workforce Center [both operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership] continue to provide WIOA Adult Services for every eligible jobseeker in our communities.” Recently, she met with Ivory Snow, Chief Administer Officer, St. Leonard’s Ministries (SLM), and other staff, to explore mutual goals related to technical and soft skills training resulting in job-placement opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals. In addition to the social stigma generally attached to returning citizens, many present multiple challenges related to homelessness, mental illness, racial
Read More

KRA Corporate Director Featured in Strategic Media Venues

In March 2016, the San Diego County Career Centers—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—launched Searching in San Diego, the official SDWP Podcast for up-to-date workforce-services information for both jobseekers and employers.  More than 100 episodes have aired, many supported by KRA/SDWP Career- and Business-Services specialists, who contribute the benefit of their expertise. However, for Episode 111: Women in the Workforce, a KRA corporate-level executive, Dr. Kordilia Noble, Director, Partnerships & Market Development, joined the program. She discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on women, African American women in particular, as well as her perspective on the importance of access
Read More

KRA/Baltimore City Customers Train for Self-Employment

The Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the BCDSS, includes a mandatory 3-month Work Experience (WEX) Program Internship.  The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC) has been a valued WEX-site for several years, recently providing workplace-readiness internships for seven KRA customers. Since all of the WEX participants had expressed interest in developing their own businesses, Azalee Fisher, DHCDC Community Outreach Director, offered them the opportunity to enroll in an Entrepreneurial Training Program founded by Dr. Lela Campbell, and directed by Katrina Leonard, both from the Workforce Development Center of A Step Forward Inc. Several small-business development specialists
Read More

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

 KRA Non-Profit Partner is a Valued Employer The WIOA and TANF programs that KRA operates across the country cultivate collaborative partnerships with local employers—businesses and non-profit organizations—essential to the workplace success of our jobseeker-customers. In Baltimore City, the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated for the BCDSS, requires up to a 3-month Work Experience (WEX) Internship, at the end of which, the intern-jobseeker is either hired by the WEX employer, or given another assignment. The New Vision House of Hope (NVHOH), an exceptional WEX-site provider, has assisted dozens of KRA jobseekers optimize their employment options, hiring several in
Read More

KRA Partners With One of Chicago’s Biggest Minority-Owned Businesses

The collaboration between the Westside American Job Center (WAJC) and The Will Group began in July 2021, and expanded 2 months later to include the Southside Chatham Education & Workforce Center, both of which KRA operates for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. Ms. Mignonne Barnes, Program Director, reports, “Since studying the short-term hiring needs of The Will Group, members of our Business Services Team have referred four female and five male candidates for jobs in Assembly, Field Auditing, Driving, and Shipping and Receiving.” These positions offer not only job training and stability, but also opportunities for advancement in the company’s
Read More

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

San Diego Customer Now on KRA Corporate Career Path In high school, Dennis Aumack’s favorite classes were in the business program.  After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy “to get off the streets of New York City and discover great opportunities.” After 22 years of service, Mr. Aumack retired from the Navy in 2014, as a Disabled Veteran, confident that his military career, and a BA/Business Management-MBA combo, would almost guarantee a high-paying position in the civilian job market. However, his “dream” job, in which he could fully realize his passion for business was elusive.  For 7 years, Mr.
Read More

KRA Employees Focus on Self-Care in Emerging Post-Pandemic Era

In late November 2019, KRA staff at the Chicago Westside American Job Center (WAJC)—operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership—participated in a Staff Development Day session devoted to Understanding Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, created by Kelly Butler, Trainer/Special Projects Coordinator. Four months later, lessons learned that day would be sorely tested during the ensuing months, coping with the trauma introduced by the COVID-19 crisis that impacted everyone’s personal and professional interactions and relationships. Ms. Butler commented, “Recently, we were able to gather for our first in-person training, focused on Self-Care, providing a venue for team bonding, collaboration, and positivity. Actually, there
Read More

KRA Customer Achieves Success Through Employment Recovery Initiative

An integral component of the San Diego Workforce Partnership Career Centers Program—operated by KRA—is the Employment Recovery Initiative (ERI), a WIOA Program for Dislocated Workers, unemployed due to actual or anticipated business closures or downsizing actions. Aron Steck had been job-hunting for approximately 6 months, after his position—Senior Manager of Events for corporate- and association-conferences and tradeshows—was eliminated, as in-person events were severely curtailed, or cancelled altogether, due to COVID-19 restrictions. He stated, “It was particularly devastating because it had taken me a couple of years to find that position, which I had been in only 4 months when the
Read More

KRA Customer on Career Path to Realize Childhood Dream

In 2015, Myrtice Taylor applied for TANF-TCA benefits through the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS), which required her to enroll in a Job Readiness Program (JRP)—a critical component of the KRA Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program—prior to qualifying for occupational-skills training and/or job-placement opportunities. While attending JRP workshops, Ms. Taylor also participated in KRA’s unsubsidized Work Experience (WEX) Program. Volunteering at several public schools led to a job offer from the Baltimore City School System as a Classroom Aide, helping children with special needs. Unfortunately, in July 2021, Ms. Taylor became unemployed, re-applied to BCDSS, and was
Read More