Motherhood No Obstacle for Young KRA Customer

In February 2018, Jakayla McGill, 19, enrolled in Youthworks!, operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Board, 2 months pregnant. A challenge to receiving career-development training and employment? Yes! An obstacle? Not by a long shot!! Right off the bat, Youthworks! enrolled Jakayla in a 12-week office internship with PrimeAmerica, an assignment through which she gained much-needed real-world work experience, but not related to her ultimate objective of Healthcare training, particularly the geriatric sector of the industry. Youthworks! arranged for Jakayla to enroll in coursework at Anne Arundel County Community College, providing her the opportunity for both Certified Nursing Assistant
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Reprint Courtesy of USCM Workforce Development Council 8-5-19 Newsletter

Employment Situation Summary – On August 2, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released its July jobs report. According to the summary, the economy added 164,000 in July. Notable job gains occurred in professional and technical services, health care, social assistance, and financial activities. The unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 6.1 million. Click here for full report. Women’s Bureau Releases Redesigned Website­ – On August 1, the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor (WB-DOL) announced that it has recently updated and redesigned its website. As part of
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Our July Spotlight! is a bit of a crossover because the story began the evening of June 28, when the Las Vegas Review-Journal posted “Las Vegas Program Bridges Digital Divide In Public Housing”, featuring members of the Lacksanamyxay family…Mark, 17, now majoring in IT; Lena, 15, studying culinary arts; and Jenna, the youngest, learning about sports leadership and management. The article stated, “For each child, the availability of basic technology outside school is instrumental to success in homework and studying. Until recently, the [family] lacked home access to the internet and a device to connect to it, but the financially struggling family
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KRA YouthWorks! Customer Achieves Multiple Career-Path Goals

May 2018…Keniya Strong, 22, and mother of a 4-year old daughter, enrolled in the YouthWorks! career-development program, operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC), developer of the Maryland Workplace Excellence Program that combines career assessment and guidance with workplace-skills training to equip young jobseekers with resources that maximize potential for workforce success. A lack of marketable job skills was the most obvious barrier to sustainable employment for Keniya. However, contributing factors included lack of childcare and an unstable home environment, challenges confronted head-on by Vinaeja Gaskin, Outreach Specialist, and Shandra Womack, Case Manager. Vinaeja referred Keniya to the Department of Social Services,
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Senior Staff Present at 2019 NAJA Conference Between June 18th – 20th, three corporate staff members conducted six Breakout Sessions at the 2019 Conference of the National Association of Job Training Assistance, the premier resource for “Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, and Training…for Workforce Development Grantees, Grantors and Subs.” The 3-day workshop agenda was intensive, offering only 12 Program- and 12 Fiscal- Track Sessions, meaning that KRA presented 25% of all NAJA Breakouts, with Zaskia Ruiz, KRA Director of Finance, Accounting, and Compliance, conducting 33% of the Fiscal-Track presentations! On the 18th she presented WIOA Fiscal 101, focused on helping attendees
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KRA Monthly Spotlight!

Young KRA Customer Continues Journey to Career Success The article, KRA Staff Put the “Work” in Networking, reported on 21-year old, unemployed Iain Tapscott, who in November 2017, enrolled in YouthWorks!, operated by KRA for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC). Subsequent to required career-development assessments, counseling, and guidance provided by the Career Coaching and Workplace Excellence Teams, Iain remained unwavering in his career objective to become a certified, licensed HVAC Technician…presenting quite a challenge to identify companies willing to hire him, without industry experience or training, except for a few high-school courses. Relentlessly, Team members researched and networked
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Reprint – Courtesy of Washington Update, the newsletter of the USCM Workforce Development Council

Opinion:  Big Talk but Short Shrift from Trump Administration on Workforce Development The Trump administration has made workforce and education a high-profile issue. Recent efforts include last week’s inaugural meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, support for last year’s passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, and a focus on creating a new industry-recognized apprenticeship system. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, the administration’s apparent enthusiasm for skills training and workforce development isn’t matched with the kind of robust investments needed to support diverse training programs — services that work. Instead of investing at
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KRA Presents Workshops at NAWDP Annual Conference…Again!

For 30 years, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) has supported workforce-services stakeholders to enhance and maintain their skills through continuing education, networking, and sharing ideas and experiences related to new and innovative programs and services. The KRA-NAWDP partnership is a strong and long-standing one—from providing sponsorship, presentations, and video-production services for Conferences, Forums, and Symposia, to supporting KRA staff while they share their expertise as contributors to and/or members of various Board, Committee, and pilot-program activities.  KRA sponsored 24 corporate- and program-level staff members to attend the recent 2019 Annual Conference, with three senior-level employees facilitating workshops
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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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Reprint – USCM Workforce Development Council Weekly Newsletter – May 6

Washington Update – Appropriations/Budget On Tuesday, April 30, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies approved a Labor-HHS spending bill that provides $13.3 billion for the Department of Labor for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) — a 10 percent or nearly $1.2 billion increase from FY19 enacted levels, and far above the Trump administration’s proposed cuts of nearly 10 percent. The bill also includes $75.9 billion in funding for the Department of Education, a $4.4 billion or 6 percent increase. The bill makes available almost $4 billion, plus reimbursements, for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity
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