Under the auspices of the DC Workforce Investment Council, Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, KRA operates Career Coach DC (CCDC), expanding the capacity of the DC public-workforce system to connect residents—affected by the economic downturn following the COVID-19 pandemic—with educational, training, employment, and other services to progress in their careers.
The CCDC linchpin, the Community of Practice (CoP), supports Career Coaches, and other DC workforce-development (WD) practitioners, to share concerns, challenges, and interests, deepening their knowledge through ongoing interactions.
Pivotal CoP components include the Career Coach Connection (CCC) and the Career Coach Boot Camp (CCBC):
- CCC hosts in-person and virtual professional-development sessions, focusing on information sharing, networking, and peer-to-peer mentoring, and publishes an e-newsletter with articles, upcoming events, topical blogs, and a resource library for WD professionals working in the District.
- CCBC, a 2-day symposium, trains career-coach professionals to assist customers in seeing themselves as empowered individuals, which can result in new levels of confidence and success.
Camille McKenzie, Program Director, comments, “In addition to the immediate direct-service impact CCDC makes on DC residents’ lives, there is a lasting impact created by training DC workforce-services professionals in expanding their knowledge, skills, and abilities.”
“CCDC/CoP wants to engage and learn from others who are currently offering job coaching and WD services. If you or your agency provides services that support DC residents to identify career-readiness and/or career-placement services, we invite you to join our network, and apply here.