Search Results for Westside American Job Center

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Partners with Chicago-based Multinational on Critical Hiring Effort Specialists on KRA’s Career and Business Services Teams support area employers in high-demand industries all across the country. For the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, KRA operates the Westside American Job Center, as well as the Chatham Education & Workforce Center on the Southside. Corey Person, KRA Work Based Learning Coordinator, reports, “In 2012, I worked at Mondelēz International as a Job Developer, specializing in OJT placements for Machine Operators.  A co-worker, Rita Lopez, and I placed 50+ jobseekers in OJT positions.” Mondelēz posts average annual revenues of $26 billion, with operations
Read More

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Supports South East Collaborative Workforce Development Initiative For the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (Partnership), KRA provides a comprehensive array of career-development services—guidance, education, occupational-skills training, and employment—for the area’s Adult, Dislocated, and Youth jobseekers through the Westside American Job Center and, since August 2020, the Chatham Education and Workforce Center (CEWC) on the Southside. Already struggling economically, first from the impact of the 2007-2009 Recession, and then from the devastating effects of COVID-19, area public- and private-sector leaders realized the need to do more to support the Chatham Community. On the 3rd Thursday of each month, members of the
Read More

KRA Presents Workshops at NAWDP Annual Conference…Again!

For 30 years, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) has supported workforce-services stakeholders to enhance and maintain their skills through continuing education, networking, and sharing ideas and experiences related to new and innovative programs and services. The KRA-NAWDP partnership is a strong and long-standing one—from providing sponsorship, presentations, and video-production services for Conferences, Forums, and Symposia, to supporting KRA staff while they share their expertise as contributors to and/or members of various Board, Committee, and pilot-program activities.  KRA sponsored 24 corporate- and program-level staff members to attend the recent 2019 Annual Conference, with three senior-level employees facilitating workshops
Read More

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Westside AJC Supports Chicago Construction Industry – Recently, from Linthicum, MD, a report emerged related to the KRA YouthWorks! Construction Academy that is contributing to the industry’s efforts to address a critical skilled-worker shortage. In Chicago, IL—700 miles away—another KRA program is playing a pivotal role, under the auspices of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), in the development of three training projects, one of which is ConstructionWorks, powered by the Illinois Tollway under the Workforce Development Technical Assistance Initiative (WDTAI). Ron Hearns, KRA Director of Midwest Workforce Operations, reports, “As the vendor selected for the Initiative, the CCWP tasked
Read More

KRA and Partners Pre-Screen Candidates for Hiring Fair

The Chicago Westside American Job Center, operated by KRA for the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), was an integral participant in pre-screening job-seeking hopefuls for the invitation-only World Business Chicago Westside Hiring Fair. World Business Chicago, a not-for-profit corporation, coordinates Chicago’s business retention and attraction efforts; raises Chicago’s profile as a prime business location; and serves as a resource for the community, bringing together key parties in the public- and private-sectors to accelerate economic development and growth. The 200 jobseekers selected to attend the Fair had to undergo a pre-screening process, which included resume review, update, and/or development; interview tips
Read More

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
Read More

KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our June Spotlight! is shining brightly on “Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin’ town”!  Recently, on behalf of KRA and its client-partner, the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), Ron Hearns, KRA Director of Midwest Workforce Operations, welcomed 60 guests to the Grand Opening of the Westside American Job Center! Hearns then introduced Knowlton R. Atterbeary, KRA President & CEO, who extended his own welcome, including a special thank-you, to the assemblage, which included Karin Norington-Reaves, CCWP CEO; Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President; Alicia Ivy, Administrative Assistant to Ward 7 Alderman, Walter Burnett; and a host of Chicago-Cook region representatives and stakeholders. The Westside Center opened
Read More