Reprint from USCM Weekly Newsletter – April 16, 2019

  DOL Announces $87.6 Million in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Americans Exiting the Criminal Justice System – The U.S. Department of Labor recently made available $82.5 million in Reentry Employment Opportunity [REO] grants and $5 million in Fidelity Bonding Demonstration [FBD] grants to improve employment opportunities for young adults and adults exiting the criminal justice system. The grants are part of the effort on criminal justice reform. In December 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the First Step Act, which endeavors to reduce recidivism and ensure successful reentry of ex-offenders back into the community. On April 1, the Department
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Young KRA Customer “Constructing” Her Career Path

In February, KRA reported on the overall success of the first graduating class of the Construction Academy, operated through YouthWorks! for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. Now, we are extremely pleased to report on an individual success story of one of the graduates, Taya Moore. James LeBlanc, Program Manager, reports, “Taya Moore is a 20-year-old OSY participant, who enrolled in the Academy in October 2018. Coming directly from completing a Summer Youth Internship Program with the Finishing Trades Union, she brought more hands-on experience than some of the other students. Right away, it was obvious that Taya was unique,
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KRA/Hartford AJC Chosen for Collaborative Pilot Program

When the opportunity arose for the American Job Center (AJC) in New Britain—one of 37 North Central, CT towns serviced by KRA/Hartford—to join a new multi-organizational collaborative, the initiative was supported readily by the regional WDB, Capitol Workforce Partners, KRA client-partner. On February 19, 2019, the New Britain Herald * featured CARES (Collaborating Actively for Resident Empowerment and Success) 2020, reporting in part, “The New Britain Housing Authority kicked off a new initiative in collaboration with local organizations to help residents become more self-sufficient in employment, education and mental and physical health. Joshua Gilmore [KRA Career Agent] and Rebecca Carruthers [KRA
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March Madness – The KRA Way

Between March 3-6, the Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA) and the North Carolina Employment and Training Association (NCETA) hosted the third Joint 2019 Spring Conference, during which Joseph Seymour, KRA Corporate Training and Development Coordinator, and John Hattery, KRA Director, Strategic Partners, delivered dynamic presentations. On March 4, Joseph facilitated The Outcome Zone: Performance Management for Workforce Development Professionals, an informative workshop, providing management-level program staff with tried-and-true techniques for creating and maintaining a high-performance workplace culture. The next day, John presented a unique, highly interactive workshop on Saying the Hard Thing to Clients, Colleagues, and Even Your Boss,
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KRA/Southern Nevada One-Stop Director Back on TV!

Earlier this month, Bonita Fahy, KRA Director of One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) Operations for Southern Nevada, was—for the second time in 2 months—featured on News 3 LV TV, this time, promoting a free LinkedIn or Left Out Workshop.  KRA reported on her first TV appearance, on February 25, 2019, in the article Las Vegas One-Stop Hosts First Workforce Summit. However, that was not the only newsworthy event last month. On February 21, Nevada’s First Congressional District Representative Dina Titus visited the Las Vegas Comprehensive OSCC. Accompanied by Ms. Fahy and Princette Bowling, KRA Manager of OSCC Operations, she toured the
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KRA/Hartford AJC Staff Dress-Up to Support Regional Programs

Some organizations have an optional “Dress-Down” or “Casual” Friday policy. However, for staff of the KRA/Hartford American Job Center—operated in 37 North Central Connecticut towns for Capital Workforce Partners—it is Dress-Up Your Jeans to Help Those in Need Friday. Dress-Up? Artie Owens, KRA Senior Director of Workforce Operations, comments, “All of our WIOA and TANF Program Team members appreciate how incredibly uplifting it is to extend our dedication to workforce-services into an ongoing commitment to community-service in the region we serve. Five dollars per-participant may seem to be relatively a small donation, but in the aggregate represents figuratively a small fortune!” Between August and October 2018,
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KRA/Orange County Hosts OCBCC Leadership Reception

Last month, KRA hosted a Black History Month Leadership Reception, sponsored by KRA funding partner, the Orange County Development Board, in partnership with the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce. During the event, the 42nd stamp in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Black Heritage Series, honoring iconic dancer-actor Gregory Hines, (1946-2003), was unveiled. The event, convened at the Orange County One-Stop Career Center in Irvine, attracted more than 80 attendees, including representatives from several public-sector entities, including the Irvine City Council, the Office of the Orange County Supervisor, the California State Assembly, and the US House of Representatives and Senate.
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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 Monthly Spotlight!

KRA Westside AJC Supports Chicago Construction Industry – Recently, from Linthicum, MD, a report emerged related to the KRA YouthWorks! Construction Academy that is contributing to the industry’s efforts to address a critical skilled-worker shortage. In Chicago, IL—700 miles away—another KRA program is playing a pivotal role, under the auspices of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), in the development of three training projects, one of which is ConstructionWorks, powered by the Illinois Tollway under the Workforce Development Technical Assistance Initiative (WDTAI). Ron Hearns, KRA Director of Midwest Workforce Operations, reports, “As the vendor selected for the Initiative, the CCWP tasked
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KRA Las Vegas One-Stop Hosts First Workforce Summit

Last month was much busier-than-usual for the KRA Southern Nevada One-Stop Career Center (OSCC) program, operated for Workforce Connections. On January 17, Bonita Fahy, Director of Operations, promoted what turned out to be a highly successful OSCC Event on TV! Subsequently, on January 31, KRA hosted the first Workforce Summit 2019, a major event planned and implemented to facilitate continued integration of the Southern Nevada One-Stop Delivery System (OSDS), provide partners a venue for networking, set the vision for the OSCC-Las Vegas District Library expansion, and promote staff development through cross-training opportunities. Through the OSDS, a seamless KRA/OSCC operation supports
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