KRA…Putting America Back to Work

On June 20, 2012, programs that serve customers’ workforce development needs in KRA’s Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD offices co-hosted a Putting America Back to Work job fair and networking event, as part of the KRA Job Fairs in June campaign.  Held at the KRA office in DC, more than 135 pre-screened and pre-qualified customers, who are currently receiving public assistance, attended. 

Anthony Featherstone, KRA Program Manager for the PG County operation, reported, “It seems like our employer-customers began contacting the job developers at our DC and PG locations all at the same time, seeking assistance in filling various positions in different locations. We put together a “Job Development Collaboration Team” that quickly sprang into action and organized the recruitment event, which set the stage for the first annual Putting America Back to Work networking event.  I think we’ve set the bar pretty high.  However, we’re looking forward to raising it even higher the next time around.”

Employers included Christol Salon & Spa; Creative Options & Employment; Days Inn; Eureka Movers; Giant Foods; Grand Hyatt Hotels;  Marriot Hotels; Norbeck Technologies, Inc.; Specialty Hospitals of Washington, DC; The Department of VA Medical Center; and The Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commission.  Other participants included the DC office’s  training vendor-partners: ASM Education Center, Inc., which offers IT Specialist and Help Desk Support; Career Technical Institute, which provides training in Medical Office Assistants, Help Desk Professionals, and Office Support  Specialists; RizeUp Technology Training, which offers Microsoft Office Certification and IT Support; and the UDC Paths Program, which provides Certified Nursing Assistant, Child Development Associate, and Home Health Assistant training. 

Featherstone concluded, “The employers were delighted with the KRA customer turnout, and how well-prepared they were for the event.  They enjoyed the discussions with the candidates, ran out of materials…which they say they like to do…and expressed that we did an impressive job in coordinating the fair so quickly. Many indicated they are looking forward to participating in our next job fair.  Since the event, we’ve had several updates: 11 candidates have been scheduled for second interviews, and three have been hired…with start dates…pending background checks.  Over the coming weeks, I expect to receive more positive feedback of this nature.”