Success for Justice-Involved KRA Customer

In early 2017, KRA San Diego Metro Career Centers’ Catherine McLean, Career Agent, and Terrance Bowens, Workshop Facilitator, developed the New Beginnings Pathways to Employment Program for justice-involved individuals, i.e. jobseeker-customers with criminal records. Laura Bowden, KRA Business Services Representative, often attends New Beginnings Workshops to inform participants about job openings available through the Career Centers. For one opportunity in particular, Terrance introduced her to Robert Garcia, who was more than ready, willing, and able to get his life back on track through sustainable employment. For a Driver & Warehouse Associate position with San Diego Drums & Totes, which KRA/San
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KRA Continues to Air Innovative Workforce Podcasts

In March 2016, the KRA San Diego Metro Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, launched  Searching in San Diego, the Centers’ official podcast for on-demand access to the most up-to-date workforce-services information and resources of interest to both job-seeking professionals and employers. Highlighting “workforce topics, trends, and tips you need to know on the go”, the Searching in San Diego Podcast is hosted by Diana Saldivar, KRA Social Media & Communications Coordinator, and supported by a cadre of KRA Career Development, Business Services, Facilitation, and Special Projects Coordinators, whose own experiences, many times, contribute to episode development. To date, 39 podcasts
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Young-Adult KRA Customers Receive AHLA Certification

The KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, funded by The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, offers Out-of-School Youth, 17-21, a wide range of customized workforce-development services, two of which are Occupational Skills Training, linked directly to industry-recognized credentialing, and paid work experience (PWE) opportunities with area partner-employers. One such industry sector—Hotel and Tourism—celebrated its best year ever in 2017, as a major employer and contributor to the City of Long Beach economy, and recently expanded its pool of trained professionals when four KRA/K2C Academy customers were credentialed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as Certified Front-Desk Representatives. Sheila Perhacs, one of the young
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KRA Customer Needed a Job…to Get a Job!

Despite an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and 5 years’ experience as a Process Engineer, Ali was unemployed for almost a year after emigrating to the U.S., as most companies to which he applied required at least 6 months’ U.S.-based work experience. To overcome his catch-22 dilemma—how to get experience if he couldn’t get a job—Ali sought professional workforce services through the KRA San Diego Metro Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, where he met with Career Agent Zuri Williams. Zuri provided orientation and introduction to the wide range of resources available to support Ali, who commented, “Apart from
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

 KRA Customers Anticipate A Happy Prosperous New Year Their stories could not be more different, in origin, but more similar in the trusted end-results achieved through the KRA San Diego Metro Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Deborah Fernandez was a perfect candidate for the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program—after a job lay-off. She had a steady employment history—20+ years’ professional experience with higher-education institutions, plus 15 years as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. Christopher Johnson, on the other hand, was a perfect candidate for the New Beginnings Pathways to Employment Program—after serving 28 years of a 45-year prison
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A Christmas Story…KRA Style

Recently, KRA staff from the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, visited the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, which each year houses 1,200 family members of critically ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals. During a tour, staff discovered that every year, a group of Marines donates the entire holiday décor, and volunteers to “deck-the-halls” with beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths, and other sparkling decorations to the delight of all who enter the “home-away-from-home” facility. KRA staff collected and donated two tubs full of 30+ toys for the children; helped out at lunchtime in the Family
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A KRA Journey: From Customer to Career Agent

KRA operates the PGWorks Employment and Training Program—for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services—for jobseekers applying for, or already receiving, TANF/TCA benefits. PGWorks offers a wide range of workforce-development services, including unpaid Community Work Experience (CWE) opportunities with local private- and public-sector organizations. For Javada Murphy, CWE became an integral career-building resource, as she reports, “For 11 months, I volunteered with KRA, as my assigned CWE site, providing administrative support to staff, as well as training support, in computer and mobile-device skills, for jobseekers challenged by technical-skill barriers to employment. Preparing for a Computer Science career, I had
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KRA Monthly Spotlight! Westside Economic Development Collaborative Supports KRA

In The Effects of Unemployment on Crime Rates in the US, 2015, Ajimotokin, Haskins, and Wade analyzed the relationship between unemployment (BLS data) and crime (FBI data), and concluded that” “there is a positive correlation between both violent and property crime, not only with unemployment rates…” Unfortunately, the Westside of Chicago cannot be excluded from these research results. According to the Chicago Tribune, in a recent 30-day period, 503 violent-, property-, and quality-of-life crimes were reported in this community. On December 15, 2017, the KRA Westside American Job Center, operated for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), will host the
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KRA Continues to Lead the Way in Workforce Development

The intent of the e-mail from KRA President & CEO, Knowlton R. Atterbeary, was to provide a welcome message, an agenda, and logistics information for the first KRA Workforce Leadership Retreat, convening later in the month. It was to read, “I am pleased that we have the opportunity to convene our Retreat in Nevada to support KRA’s two State clients, Nevadaworks and WorkforceConnections, which is headquartered in Las Vegas. However, on October 6, 2017, Mr. Atterbeary amended his message to include, “In light of Monday’s tragic mass shooting at an outdoor concert event, I am also pleased that KRA is in
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KRA Monthly Spotlight! Assisting Justice-Involved Jobseekers Find New Beginnings

At a recent San Diego Re-Entry Roundtable Employment Committee meeting, KRA Career Agent Catherine McLean, San Diego Metro Career Centers—operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—met Dennis Walsh, CEO, Oasis Breads, a 40-year old wholesale establishment that supplies fresh baked goods to local establishments. Subsequently, through continued discussions, Walsh earned the distinction of becoming the first employer-partner to commit to supporting the Career Centers’ New Beginnings Program that assists the Justice Involved population—individuals re-entering society after incarceration—with workforce-preparation and job-placement opportunities necessary to avoid recidivism. In early 2017, McLean and KRA Workshop Facilitator Terrance Bowens developed and designed New Beginnings,
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