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KRA Monthly Spotlight! Assisting Justice-Involved Jobseekers Find New Beginnings

At a recent San Diego Re-Entry Roundtable Employment Committee meeting, KRA Career Agent Catherine McLean, San Diego Metro Career Centers—operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—met Dennis Walsh, CEO, Oasis Breads, a 40-year old wholesale establishment that supplies fresh baked goods to local establishments. Subsequently, through continued discussions, Walsh earned the distinction of becoming the first employer-partner to commit to supporting the Career Centers’ New Beginnings Program that assists the Justice Involved population—individuals re-entering society after incarceration—with workforce-preparation and job-placement opportunities necessary to avoid recidivism. In early 2017, McLean and KRA Workshop Facilitator Terrance Bowens developed and designed New Beginnings,
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

White House Announces $40 Billion ARPA Investment in Our Workforce  Earlier this month, the White House Summit on the American Rescue Plan and the Workforce announced $40 Billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to  expand and strengthen our workforce, providing underserved Americans, and those with severe barriers to employment, with career pathways for securing good-paying jobs. Decades of operating One-Stop Career/American Job Centers and TANF Employment Programs has equipped KRA with the experience and expertise required to support programs related to the three major areas of ARPA investment addressed during the Summit: Building a Diverse and Skilled Infrastructure
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA San Diego Provides New Beginnings for Justice-Involved Individuals – The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP)—KRA client-partner for the operation of the San Diego Career Centers (SDCC)—posted in Workforce News, “Roughly seven million Californians…have an arrest or conviction record, which significantly undermines efforts to obtain gainful employment [which is] essential in reducing recidivism [and] helping formerly incarcerated people support themselves and their families.” Employing a proactive approach for the San Diego County communities, in 2017, the SDCC launched a 5-day workforce-readiness workshop series, New Beginnings, for justice-involved customers re-entering the workforce. To date, 72 participants have completed New Beginnings, with
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USDOL Announces $82.5 Million Grant Program for Incarceration-to-Workplace Transition

On March 14, part of Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018, by Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative and Wendy Sawyer, Senior Policy Analyst, read, “The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 1,852 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. Every year, 626,000 people walk out of prison gates, but people go to jail 10.6 million times each year.” On April 4, not directly related…but definitely relevant…to
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Success for Justice-Involved KRA Customer

In early 2017, KRA San Diego Metro Career Centers’ Catherine McLean, Career Agent, and Terrance Bowens, Workshop Facilitator, developed the New Beginnings Pathways to Employment Program for justice-involved individuals, i.e. jobseeker-customers with criminal records. Laura Bowden, KRA Business Services Representative, often attends New Beginnings Workshops to inform participants about job openings available through the Career Centers. For one opportunity in particular, Terrance introduced her to Robert Garcia, who was more than ready, willing, and able to get his life back on track through sustainable employment. For a Driver & Warehouse Associate position with San Diego Drums & Totes, which KRA/San
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

 KRA Customers Anticipate A Happy Prosperous New Year Their stories could not be more different, in origin, but more similar in the trusted end-results achieved through the KRA San Diego Metro Career Centers, operated for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Deborah Fernandez was a perfect candidate for the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program—after a job lay-off. She had a steady employment history—20+ years’ professional experience with higher-education institutions, plus 15 years as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. Christopher Johnson, on the other hand, was a perfect candidate for the New Beginnings Pathways to Employment Program—after serving 28 years of a 45-year prison
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KRA/DC-TEP Spotlights Local “Black Excellence” Achievers

On February 25, in celebration of Black History Month, the KRA/DC TANF Employment Program (TEP)—operated for the D.C. Department of Human Services—hosted a virtual Black Excellence event to highlight the accomplishments of four present-day achievers in our community. James Parker, KRA/DC-TEP Education Navigator, kicked off the celebration with a presentation to the 20 customers and 10 staff in attendance, highlighting pivotal events in Black History with a spotlight on many heroes often missing in today’s textbooks, including the event’s Guest Speakers, two of whom are former KRA/DC-TEP customers:   Artist, Songwriter, Performer, and Grammy Member JANAE MUSIC  spoke of humble
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

This month’s Spotlight! is shining brightly on the contribution made by the KRA Corporation Baltimore Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program* to a massive recruitment/hiring effort spearheaded by Walters Relocations, Inc. (WRI), a valued KRA/Baltimore business customer. Sponsored and hosted by John Walters, Founder, CEO, and President of WRI**—which has specialized in commercial and residential relocation services for more than 25 years, the Summer Employment Appreciation Event celebrated WRI’s hiring of 70 employees! According to Yvette Clark, “Mr. Walters, a long-established, recognized leader in our community, felt there was more he could do to promote workforce development throughout the Greater Baltimore City area. 
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