On September 14-15, 2011, KRA Program Manager, Anita Davis and Job Developer, Natividad Perez, co-presented a workshop at the annual Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Conference in Atlantic City. Zuri Davis, Executive Director, Genesis School of Business; Laurie Maguire, MIS Director, Camden One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) system; and Marie Mead and Robyn Morris, OSCC staffers, co-facilitated the management-level session, Managing Youth Performance, with Davis and Perez. Invited by GSETA to share best practices in working through challenges with younger job-seeking customers, KRA/Camden offers community work experience, educational opportunities, and job training/placement services to Youth, TANF, and General Assistance populations. The multi-program Camden County operation has long been recognized for outstanding performance related to the WIA Youth Common Measures for literacy and numeracy. In addition to New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) attendees, all New Jersey counties were represented by their Workforce Investment Board and OSCC Operating Systems teams.
In addition to management-staff-only workshops, Davis attended sessions on Promising Practices in Business Services, Social Media Marketing, OJT: The Secret is Finally Out, How to Best Use the Labor Demand Occupations List, Building Business Connections, and Effective Communication Skills. To share with staff and customers what she came away with, Davis said, “I learned that we need to find more effective ways of sharing our program successes with the NJDOL and the OSCC system, not just once a year at a conference, but on an ongoing basis. I also learned that we need to improve on our strategies for increased community business and partnership development. She continued, “I will be conducting in-house training with staff, as well as with a group of customers who are attending an upcoming Open House at one of our training facilities. The workshop on NJ Enhanced Online Job Seekers & Employers Services was particularly informative, and our staff will definitely be using the new State website to enhance our job placement services. Using Jobs4Jersey.com, we can more efficiently assist our job seekers with uploading their resumes, identifying transferrable skills, and matching them to job opportunities with area employers.”