KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Partners with Chicago-based Multinational on Critical Hiring Effort Specialists on KRA’s Career and Business Services Teams support area employers in high-demand industries all across the country. For the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, KRA operates the Westside American Job Center, as well as the Chatham Education & Workforce Center on the Southside. Corey Person, KRA Work Based Learning Coordinator, reports, “In 2012, I worked at Mondelēz International as a Job Developer, specializing in OJT placements for Machine Operators.  A co-worker, Rita Lopez, and I placed 50+ jobseekers in OJT positions.” Mondelēz posts average annual revenues of $26 billion, with operations
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KRA Launches Hiring Effort for Local Baltimore Entrepreneur

Valued at USD 19.3 billion in 2021, the organic personal-care sector of the Health and Wellness Industry is expected to reach USD 42.19 billion by 2030—an extremely favorable forecast for Fran Ngong, owner of Fran’s Organic Bodycare in Towson Center Mall and the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. One day, she mentioned an immediate need to fill three positions to a colleague, who recommended Ms. Ngong contact the KRA Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program. On May 26, 2022, she contacted Shawnda Walker, KRA/Baltimore Lead Job Developer, who recommended an in-person Job Fair on June 2, 2022, as the best
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Six+ Years’ of Searching in San Diego

Since March 2016—when KRA launched Searching in San Diego, the official Podcast of the San Diego Career Centers, operated for the SDWP—more than 120 episodes have provided on-demand access to up-to-date “workforce topics, trends, and tips” for both jobseekers and employers. In E121: Working with Purpose, learn how to incorporate more meaning and purpose into your work, and your interests into any job, without having to find a different line of work. More educational and informative episodes, via iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud include: E120: Rethinking Your Career During the Great Resignation (2) and E119: Rethinking Your Career During the Great Resignation (1)—In this
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KRA Leaders Presented at NAWDP 38th Annual Conference

NAWDP’s 38th Annual Conference, sponsored by KRA, convened May 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, with both corporate and program leaders facilitating exciting workshops that focused on different types of “care” and COVID-related workforce development issues. On the Program Administration and Management  track, Joseph L. Seymour, KRA Managing Director, Operational Excellence, and SETA 1st VP-elect, presented one of only six submissions selected as a Super Session: Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals. He stated, “Trauma-informed care is an approach that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms, discussing the role that trauma may play in the lives of our program participants, various
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Supports Massive Hiring Effort of Luxury Hotel For the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, KRA operates the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, providing critical workforce-development services for recipients of TANF benefits. On April 21, 2022, KRA hosted its first in-person Job Fair since early 2020.  Of the employers in attendance, the standout was the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, a luxury 5-star, resort-like property in the heart of Baltimore’s Harbor East district. Bolstered by the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s positive industry-recovery projections, the Four Seasons identified 70 openings for seasonal Lifeguard, Pool, and Spa positions, as
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KRA Team of DEI Experts Presented at 2022 NAWB Forum

The National Association of Workforce Boards convened its 2022 Forum, sponsored by KRA, in Washington, D.C., April 11-14. On target with the Forum’s theme, Transforming Potential into Workforce Power, on April 13th, a prestigious KRA team of experts presented Transforming Today’s Workforce Training Programs into Tomorrow’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Talent Solutions. Led by Dr. Kordilia Noble, KRA Director, Partnerships & Market Development, this team of seasoned industry facilitators and presenters also included Mr. Joseph Seymour, KRA Managing Director, Operational Excellence, and 1st VP-elect, Southeastern Employment & Training Association; Dr. Jon Mott, CEO, Aspire Ability; and Dr. Brian Johnson, KRA
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Women Leaders of the U.S. Department of Labor As March, Women’s History Month, ends, KRA believes it highly appropriate to celebrate the women who served as Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), which includes the Employment and Training Administration, the root-funding source for the WIOA Adult/Dislocated Worker and Youth Services Programs operated by KRA. For 109 years (1913-Present), the Secretary of Labor (SOL) position has been held by 22 men—and 7 women.  We shine our KRA Spotlight! on four of these incredible women, and invite you to visit United States Secretary of Labor for information on Ann McLaughlin, Elizabeth Dole,
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Ruiz Excels in Giving and Receiving Training and Development Experiences

Even while directing the operations of three KRA departments—Accounting, Contract Services, and People & Culture—Zaskia Ruiz, Executive Vice President, Administration & Finance, carves out time to share her 20+ years’ experience through industry conferences, including CWA, NAJA, and NAWDP. On the giving end, on March 10th, for the 37th Annual NAJA Conference, Zaskia facilitated two workshops, Fiscal Management in the Virtual Office and Fiscal and Program Collaboration, both of which were well-attended, with an average of 100 participants each. Both were also very well-received, with two comments reflective of many others, “Thanks for the amazing experience.” and “Thanks for a great
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Joseph L. Seymour Slated for SETA Presidency

Following two highly successful presentations on March 9, 2022, at the NAJA Annual Conference, Joseph Seymour, Managing Director, Operational Excellence, and 2nd Vice President (VP) of the Southeastern Employment & Training Association (SETA)—headed to Florida to present on March 13th at the SETA Spring Conference, sponsored by KRA, for the fifth time in 6 years. Three days in a row, Joseph’s flights were cancelled.  Arriving on March 14th, he missed the chance to present, but not the opportunity to attend the Annual Members Meeting, during which he was elected 1st VP as of July 1, 2022, and President, beginning July 1,
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KRA Ready to Support Workforce Boards in Implementing New and Existing Federal Initiatives

On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, which provides funding to launch new education- and workforce-related initiatives, to increase funding levels for many existing programs, and to expand economic support for low-income and traditionally underserved communities. For 40+ years, as a National Leader in Workforce Development, KRA has provided critical services—i.e. research & evaluation, training & technical assistance, and program operations—that support workforce-related programs for under-represented Youth and Adult populations. All Federal agencies benefit from the Act’s provisions.  However, it is the Department of Labor’s $13.2 billion in discretionary appropriations, particularly the
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