Workforce Development and Job Creation Get Nod from President Obama in Baltimore

Baltimore’s workforce development initiatives were given a shot in the arm recently with the brief visit of President Barack Obama to the Charm City.

Looking primarily to promote economic development through job creation, according to the White House, the purpose of the President’s second Jobs and Opportunity Tour is to address three areas of need: jobs, skills, and opportunity.

As the operator of the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, a workforce development program for public-assistance recipients in Baltimore County, KRA Corporation applauds the President’s efforts in taking this opportunity to recognize the need to address job creation and in choosing Baltimore as the venue.

As a state, Maryland’s job growth has been fairly steady during 2013 and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, has stated that the Old Line State has recovered nearly 97% of the jobs lost during the recession.

“Our economy can’t succeed unless the young people have the skills that they need to succeed,” President Obama was quoted as saying.

It is a philosophy that KRA Corporation is completely in agreement with, and is active in addressing. The firm is committed to supporting the community’s jobseekers by delivering quality training and job-placement services, at the same time providing Baltimore employers with workers who possess the occupation-specific skills training for in-demand fields.

As part of his tour, President Obama stopped by Ellicott Dredges, a world renowned dredging equipment supply company that employs 250 workers around the globe—125 of which are from Baltimore.

He also visited an elementary school that focuses on comprehensive early childhood services, as well as a community center that aids families in developing the skills they need to get jobs and enter the workforce.

Karen Sitnick, a member of the mayor’s Office of Employment, said: “We want businesses to know that Baltimore City does have a qualified workforce,” something KRA Corporation is hopeful that the President’s visit to the Baltimore area will draw attention to.

It is KRA Corporation’s mission to continually serve the unemployed population in Baltimore and across the United States. By providing quality education, training, and job-readiness services to those seeking to better themselves through employment, KRA Corporation will prepare job seekers for tomorrow’s global economy, and supply employers with a trained and reliable workforce.