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Hartford K2C Academy Supports Regional Manufacturing Industry

In 2015, KRA launched the proprietary Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, offering Out-of-School Youth (OSY) customized career services, including occupational-skills development, such as On-the-Job Training (OJT) linked directly to employment with employers in high-demand industries. Similar to KRA programs in California and Illinois, the newest K2C Academy—serving OSY, 18-to-24—is in Hartford, operated in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, as an integral component of the KRA American Job Center operation, funded by Capital Workforce Partners, serving WIOA-eligible Adults and Youth and TANF recipients. Targeting the Manufacturing Industry, K2C provides Tooling U-SME coursework, which complies with CT/DOL Pre-Apprenticeship requirements. In addition to 72 hours of classroom
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KRA/K2C Builds Business-Worksite Partnerships

Combating a young-adult unemployment rate of 20.7%, the Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a KRA-proprietary workforce-services program, continues establishing mutually-productive partnerships to create innovative solutions for preparing young adults—disconnected from school and the workforce—to qualify for high-demand occupations with local businesses. Supported by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, KRA/K2C is developing employment-development agreements with Island’s Restaurant, PMG Athletic Funding, Two The Root Beauty Salon, and ScoutReach for Paid Work Experience (PWE) opportunities, with potential for fulltime employment. Also, an expanded program has been proposed to Island’s Restaurant corporate office to provide PWE assignments at their “fine burgers and drinks” restaurants in
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KRA/K2C Academy Joins Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the City of Long Beach, funds the KRA Knowledge2Careers Academy. Recently, Craig Johnson, PGWDB Business Assistance Officer, introduced Shawna Wright, KRA/K2C Project Director, to John Cruikshank, President & CEO, JMC2, and Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, HAIC, “a collective voice and advocate for the harbor business community on important issues pertaining to economic, environmental and public policies.” Shawna, reports “During our meeting, Mr. Cruikshank invited me to speak before the Board to introduce the members to the great resources and services available through K2C, and to solicit their partnership for the benefit
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KRA/K2C Academy Expands Services to Support Youth With Disabilities

Even before KRA announced that disability employment was the focus of its 2015 Community Care Campaign, the KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy had already developed two successful partnerships dedicated to expanding its workforce services to include youth with disabilities. KRA Program Manager, Shawna Wright, also K2C Project Director, reports, “We were excited to learn that our corporate 2015 Campaign was focused on raising awareness around the issue of employment for individuals with disabilities. K2C and the Long Beach Unified School District’s Youth Employment Network have been collaborating, whereby we serve as the resource for their youth with disabilities to gain the support and training needed to
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KRA Opens Second Construction Academy in Maryland

KRA is a licensed provider of the Home Builders Institute (HBI) award-winning PACT (Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training) Program, based on its proprietary National Construction Skill Standards, as well as National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Standards. On September 4, 2018, KRA opened its first Construction Academy, in Anne Arundel County, implementing PACT curriculum, which provides core skills for graduates to compete for entry-level and/or semi-skilled job opportunities across multiple specializations in the construction industry. For the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS), KRA operates the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, assisting TANF-TCA jobseekers to increase sustainable-employment
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KRA Knowledge2Career Academy Continues to Succeed During Pandemic

In 2015, KRA launched the proprietary Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, offering Out-of-School Youth customized career services, including on-the-job training (OJT) linked directly to employment with companies in high-demand industries. KRA operates the K2C Academy for Capital Workforce Partners, the North Central Connecticut WDB, in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). Targeting the Manufacturing Industry, traditionally, K2C provided coursework through Tooling U-SME, and hands-on instruction through OJT agreements with participating employers. However, on March 17, just when KRA introduced a new K2C cohort, with 19 K2C students, who had passed the required Mechanical Aptitude Test, COVID-19 restrictions went into effect in the state. Tony
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KRA Hartford AJC-CCAT Partnership Celebrates Most Recent Graduation

On May 1, 2019, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) posted a blog, announcing that six more students from the KRA Hartford AJC Knowledge 2 Career (K2C) Academy had graduated CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) program. The article started with, “Six students apart of the Knowledge 2 Careers Academy Program completed 18-hour hands on training at CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and graduated the program last week. The Knowledge 2 Careers Program was established by the KRA Corporation through Capital Workforce Partners in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. for Tooling U and on the job
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KRA Represents Employment Sector on Reentry Coalition Executive Committee

Based in Chambersburg, PA, the Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a proprietary KRA program operated for the South Central PA Works WIB, serves the unique career-development needs of young adults, 17 to 24, who are disconnected from both school and the job market, by linking academic and vocational training services to achieve workforce-related success. Recently, Amien “Tim” Hodge, KRA/K2C Operations Manager, received an invitation from Alaina Ingels, which read, “I’m pleased to announce that you have been nominated to represent the employment sector on the Franklin Together Reentry Coalition’s Executive Committee. As the Coalition Coordinator, I believe your work experience, knowledge and special skill sets would complement our committee and
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KRA Convenes Workforce Development Extravaganza for Out-of-School Youth

The KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, a proprietary program operated as a WIOA One-Stop Center for California’s Orange County Development Board, serves the unique career-development needs of young adults, 17 to 24, disconnected from both school and the workforce. K2C, which links academic and occupational development to employment-related services, recently hosted its 2018 End of the Year Summer Extravaganza.  Attended by 40 percent of enrolled K2C Academy participants, the multi-activity event included engaging demonstrations, presentations, and workshops provided by several key K2C community partners and stakeholders, including: Michele Worth, presented Self-Care Through Art, representative of her award-winning Worth Visual Arts Program that helps at-risk teens and young adults learn
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Young-Adult KRA Customers Receive AHLA Certification

The KRA Knowledge2Career (K2C) Academy, funded by The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, offers Out-of-School Youth, 17-21, a wide range of customized workforce-development services, two of which are Occupational Skills Training, linked directly to industry-recognized credentialing, and paid work experience (PWE) opportunities with area partner-employers. One such industry sector—Hotel and Tourism—celebrated its best year ever in 2017, as a major employer and contributor to the City of Long Beach economy, and recently expanded its pool of trained professionals when four KRA/K2C Academy customers were credentialed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as Certified Front-Desk Representatives. Sheila Perhacs, one of the young
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