KRA YouthWorks! Celebrates First Construction Academy Graduation

According to equipmentworld.com, “During and after the Great Recession—between 2007 and 2011—2 million workers left the construction industry, either retiring or finding more stable work in another industry” and a recent Associated General Contractors of America survey found that 63 percent of U.S. construction firms faced a shortage of skilled workers in the last year, with 30 percent forced to turn down work because of it. One of the largest industry trade associations, the Home Builders Institute (HBI), is responding aggressively to this critical shortage with its award-winning PACT (Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training) program, customizing academic-skills learning with hands-on vocational-skills training to address the unique
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KRA Las Vegas Director Promotes One-Stop Event on TV!

Bonita Fahy, Director of KRA One-Stop Career Center Operations in Las Vegas, reports the phenomenal success of a recent workforce-services event for the community, complete with local TV promotional coverage! “On behalf of our mutual client, Workforce Connections, Red 7 Communications proposed that we conduct a series of events to draw people to our public libraries, the heart of our One Stop Operations’ programs. As a team, we decided to conduct ‘The Great Resume Review’ as the first event, and Red 7 suggested—and Workforce Connections agreed—that I conduct the TV interviews to promote the event, which aired on KTNV ABC13
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New Nevada Governor Delivered “Keynote” for Opening of KRA Nevada AJC

On October 12, 2018, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the new American Job Center Of Nevada, Stephen F. Sisolak was Commissioner of Clark County, Nevada. On January 7, 2019, he was sworn into office as the 30th Governor of Nevada! Adrienne Santiago, KRA Program Manager, reports, “I invited Mr. Sisolak to be the Keynote Speaker for the event, hosted by the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, and he agreed, focusing his remarks on our fast-growing local economy and the big companies that are relocating to the Region—Amazon, Panasonic, Switch, Tesla, and Zulily, to name a few.” Board
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KRA Takes Leadership Role in Community Walkway Clean Up

Recently, under the headline “Mud damaged trail in January becoming refurbished Montecito walking path this month”, John Palminteri [KEYT.com] reported, “A once mud covered section of Jameson Lane is getting refurbished to make a new neighborhood walkway. Covered in mud and debris in the January Montecito disaster, a newly refurbished trail is about to open.”  Though the project was on county land, the site-restoration work, coordinated by KRA and the Santa Barbara Workforce Resource Center, was funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. Colin Ayers, KRA Site Supervisor, worked with the FEMA representatives and the non-profit Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade,
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House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing on Minimum Wage

A reprint from the December 10th Washington Update, the weekly newsletter of the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council “On Wednesday, December 12, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold the hearing ‘Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses’ in the Rayburn House Office Building at 10:00 a.m. EST. Republicans, in their last hearing in the majority, will use the hearing to make the case that a $15 minimum will hurt businesses. Congressman Bobby Scott (VA), who is expected to take over as chairman, said last month that the committee
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Young KRA Customer Proves to be a “Cut Above”

In August 2018, Chance Shelton, 23, enrolled in YouthWorks!, a career-development program for Out-of-School Youth and young adults (18-24) operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC). James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, reported, “After working with our Career Exploration Team (CET), which was focused on assessing Chance’s job skills and career interests, it was clear that his passion was to become a Master Barber and one day own his own barbershop.” The CET agreed that Chance was “workforce-ready”, so LeBlanc contacted Derrick Adair, owner of Unique Looks Barbershop, who agreed to a 200-hour ‘earn & learn’ Work Experience
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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
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Why the Current Workforce System is Not Suited to Help Medicaid Beneficiaries Meet Work Requirements

(A Center for Law and Social Policy October 31, 2018 Newsletter Reprint) For the first time in the 53-year history of Medicaid, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance in January saying it would consider state proposals to take health coverage away from people who don’t meet work requirements. Since then, over a dozen states have requested such waivers from CMS, with Arkansas the first to implement. However, the January guidance made clear that CMS would not allow states to use Medicaid funds for the costs of providing job training or related services to Medicaid recipients. Many states have therefore
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KRA Continues to Air Innovative Workforce-Services Podcasts

In March 2016, the San Diego Career Centers—partners in the American Job Center of California network, operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership—launched Searching in San Diego, the official SDWP Podcast for on-demand access to the most up-to-date workforce-related information and resources for both job-seeking professionals and employers. Highlighting “workforce topics, trends, and tips you need to know on the go”, KRA’s Diana Saldivar, Social Media & Communications Specialist, and Shadia Omer, Digital and Multimedia Coordinator, co-host the Podcast, supported by a team of Career Development, Business Services, Facilitation, and Special Projects Coordinators, whose own experiences, many times, contribute to episode
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

In January 2018, when James LeBlanc, KRA Program Manager, recruited a local drivers’ education business as a Work Experience Program supporter, he was more than pleased that YouthWorks!  was gaining not just a valuable employer-partner, but an invaluable community-involvement partner as well! Benjamin and Allan Griffin founded B&A Brothers Driving Academy, LLC in honor and memory of their brother Bernard Griffin. Allan comments, “The unbreakable bond between Bernard, Benjamin, and myself guided the establishment of B&A to foster service in the communities where it was most needed, working toward the common good of individuals, especially our youth.” Both brothers attended Morgan State University. Allan (on
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