Recently, Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller, thanked William McIntyre, “for participating in the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s virtual conversation…regarding the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our society. The impact that you and other leaders in the Greater Washington region have on the economy is immeasurable for the jobs created and critical revenue generated.”
Mr. McIntyre, KRA Program Director for a District of Columbia (DC) TANF Employment Program (TEP), stated, “We’ve been a TEP Provider for the Department of Human Services (DHS) since 2012, providing customized workforce-development services for TANF recipients ready to enter the workforce, as well as those needing more extensive workplace-readiness services prior to job placement.”
On May 1, 2019, the DC-DHS awarded KRA a Human Care Agreement to implement and manage a new Education and Occupational Training (EOT) program to support participants with opportunities for High School or GED completion and occupational-skills training (OST) and credentialing to enhance their ability to seek and retain unsubsidized employment. With a cap of 300 new TEP customers, current EOT program enrollment is 279.
Brittany Switzer, EOT Program Manager, commented, “On March 23, 2020, when the TEP office closed due to COVID-19 prevention requirements, we initiated ‘Zoom’, with KRA staff transitioned to a work-from-home status with all the resources required to support both our non-EOT and EOT customers. In collaboration with our education and OST provider-partners, including the Academy of Hope, the Community College Preparatory Academy, and the University of the District of Columbia, KRA is providing a 100% virtual EOT program experience!”
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