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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KRA Staff Put the “Work” in Networking

In November 2017, Iain Tapscott, 22, 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. James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, reported, “Even though Iain completed our Career Exploration Workshop, he made it clear from the start that he has not been interested in any career other than HVAC Technician ever since he took a few courses in high school and got ‘hooked’. While our YouthWorks! Team searched diligently for any ‘foot-in-the-door’ HVAC opportunities, Iain rejected several transitionary-job options offered to him. Thus, when a customer’s career goal is so
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KRA MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT!

KRA Supports CSI Credentialing Program – Recently, Noozhawk, “the freshest news in Santa Barbara”, reported that the Career Skills Institute of the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) School of Extended Learning offered one of its most popular, tuition-free certificates in June at the Santa Barbara office of the California Employment Development Department. Local jobseekers completed three classes to earn the Customer Relations Certificate, as part of a pilot program conducted in collaboration with the KRA American Job Centers of California (also known as One Stop Career Centers) operated for the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board. Through Personality Styles and Difficult
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KRA Gets “Physical” at NAWDP 2018 Conference

Zaskia Ruiz, Contract and Budget Services Manager, and Queenie Galvez-Ramiro, Senior Budget Analyst, co-presented Let’s Get Physical! to a packed-house, providing important fiscal information, which included critical topics, such as: What are Grants; Where Funding Comes From (Federal, State, and Local/Subrecipient Sources); What’s Required; Types of Costs (Direct, Shared, Indirect); What’s Allowable/What’s Never Allowable; Who Checks/What’s Needed for Compliance; What Went Wrong/Consequences for Noncompliance; and How to be Fiscally Fit. For example, What Are Grants? included the following: funds provided to state and local governments and other entities to implement federal programs and to support specific purposes, topics, or causes; payment for services to be provided with legal obligations to services
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KRA Gets “Social” at NAWDP 2018 Conference

For nearly 30 years, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Annual Conferences have supported industry stakeholders to enhance and maintain their skills through continuing education; network with peers, mentors, and leaders; share ideas, experiences, and metrics about promising practices; and discover new and innovative programs, products, and services.  NAWDP 2018, Making Your Workforce Shine, was no exception! Representing the San Diego County Career Centers—operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, a proud partner of America’s Job Center of California℠ Network—Manager of Training and Program Development Maylynne Rayos and Workshop Facilitator Terrance Bowens presented Social Media is
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KRA Supports Annual Lompoc Career Event

In January, the heavy rains that spawned massive mudslides in Southern California left a path of death and destruction in Santa Barbara County, including the city of Montecito, whose 2010-census count of 8,965 included Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Oprah Winfrey, and other celebrities. KRA laments the loss of life and property suffered by anyone affected by such disasters. However, we surmise that the rebounding and rebuilding process was not as devastating in Montecito, the wealthiest community in the County, as it was—and still is—for other cities. Sixty miles away is the 130-year old city of Lompoc, with a 2010-census of 42,434
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Supports National OSY Cohort Challenge – Launched in November 2017, by the Innovation and Opportunity Network Community of Practice, the OSY Cohort Challenge was “to unpack out-of-school youth (OSY) engagement and retention, and develop solutions that the field will want.” To achieve its goals, Cohort Teams examined and developed resources in three areas: Empowering Youth as Active Participants; Recruitment, Marketing, and Outreach Strategies; and Using Technology in Innovative Ways through Programming—led by Shawna Wright, KRA Director of Workforce Operations. Between February-May 2018, Team members—selected through an approved-application process—collaborated in sharing their challenges, presenting their own community models, and partnering with
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KRA Presents at MWA Raising the Bar Conference

By all accounts, the MWA Raising the Bar 2018 Conference was a great success, providing more than 900 workforce and educational professionals an opportunity for networking and sharing innovative solutions for the Workforce Industry. For the 2nd year in a row, Joseph Seymour, Corporate Training & Development Coordinator presented a workshop, The Art of 3-D Presentations: Develop, Design, Deliver. Providing insightful instruction on creating effective presentations that engage, educate, and empower, Joseph discussed the skills that can have an undeniable impact on meetings, orientations, trainings, and workshops. John Hattery, Director, Strategic Partners, who also presented at the 2017 NAWB Forum, based his
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Loophole in Federal Law Allows Companies to Pay Disabled Workers $1 an Hour

Reprinted from VOX, May 4, 2018, by Alexia Fernández Campbell Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises, an Illinois nonprofit, billed itself as a vocational training program for people with disabilities. But it essentially operated as a subcontractor for local factories, providing menial tasks to workers with developmental disabilities, such as scraping debris from metal casts. Last week, the Department of Labor took action against the company “after finding nearly 250 workers with disabilities were being exploited.” One of the ways they were being exploited? Self Help paid some workers with gift cards instead of money. The DOL’s announcement underscores the
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Smooth Career Path Ahead for KRA Customer – In December 2017, Darian 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 (AAWDC). Adhering to the Maryland Workplace Excellence Program, co-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, “Darian was the ideal candidate for Youthworks!  During a Workplace Excellence Workshop, our Career Exploration Team discovered he was committed to a healthy lifestyle…vegetarian diet; daily exercise; and creating his own
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