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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Tammara

Workforce Challenge

At age 17 Tammara found out she was pregnant. Finding a balance between managing her pregnancy and finishing school was a challenge and she dropped out of high school. "I became a single mother without a high school diploma and absolutely no job experience," said Tammara. Advised by a former teacher, Tammara sought assistance from the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas.

Workforce Solution

While participating in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program, Tammara attained a GED and enrolled in classes at Wichita Area Technical College in pursuit of an Associate of Arts in Administrative Office Technology. In June 2010, Tammara participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program and felt her prayers had been answered. Three months of on-the-job training and her AA degree would give her the experience needed to find a permanent position. Tammara was placed at the Nonprofit Chamber of Service and the executive director was very pleased with her work. "She really did a terrific job. She was punctual, friendly and anxious to learn," said Perry Schuckman, Executive Director.

Outcomes & Benefits

Tammara did so well she was hired in a permanent full-time position by the Nonprofit Chamber. Now, two years later, Tammara is faced with a new challenge. She will manage and train the Nonprofit Chamber's new SYEP participant. With one semester left before she completes her AA degree, Tammara is already thinking about continuing her education. "I can't believe I have come this far," said Tammara. "I now know where my future is going and I am excited because I can take care of my family."

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