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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Federal Judge: Trump Administration Must Accept New DACA Applications

(Reprint from The Washington Post – April 25, 2018) A D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and — for the first time since announcing it would end — reopen it to new applicants. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “virtually unexplained” and therefore “unlawful.” However, he stayed his ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to
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USDOL Announces $82.5 Million Grant Program for Incarceration-to-Workplace Transition

On March 14, part of Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018, by Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative and Wendy Sawyer, Senior Policy Analyst, read, “The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. Every year, 626,000 people walk out of prison gates, but people go to jail 10.6 million times each year.” On April 4, not directly related…but definitely relevant…to
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KRA Supports TechHire San Diego

Recently, the San Diego Union-Tribune published a Commentary, written by Barbara Bry, San Diego City Council president pro tem, and Ji Shen, CEO of HoverCam, on “How San Diego is Growing Local Tech Talent.” It read, in part, “San Diego is beginning to act locally by developing, sourcing, hiring and investing in its own tech talent. TechHire, a program administered by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, is aimed at increasing the number and diversity of qualified tech talent in San Diego.” Through TechHire, a national initiative, businesses can hire candidates for project-specific-internships at no initial cost, due to the first
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

As the month celebrating both Disability Awareness and Developmental Disabilities Awareness, we say good-bye to March—but not to KRA’s dedication to community-based, workforce-services programs that support our jobseeker-customers with disabilities, including those of a developmental origin. However, communities differ widely in their needs, as well as their resources to address those needs. Thus, KRA programs customize service-delivery systems to provide the highest possible quality of service to persons with any type of disability that presents an obstacle to gainful employment. All WIOA American Job Centers (AJC) and TANF Employment Programs (TEP), operated by KRA, develop collaborative relationships with local disability-services agencies, e.g. Departments of Rehabilitation Services, Disability Services (DDS), and Vocational
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KRA Jobseeker Advises: Networking is Key to Success

Parents, Teachers, Career-Guidance Counselors…all advise students and jobseekers, young and adult, that the more education, training, and experience you gain, the better your chances of career success, i.e. good jobs with better pay and advancement opportunities.  Certainly, this is true, in both the short- and long-run as we establish ourselves in the labor market. However, after 18 jobless months, Philip Tan was beginning to think his post-graduate education and 20+ years’ experience were actually obstacles, not assets, to his employment.  Moreover, he was a bit older than those candidates competing for the same jobs. In 1986, Philip earned a BS
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