Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Mandy

Workforce Challenge

Mandy, a 26 year old married mother of one, was a stay home mom until her husband was laid-off from his aviation job. While Mandy was able to find part-time work making minimum wage, she sought assistance from the Cowley Workforce Center because she knew she could not make-up for her husband’s lost income only working part-time.

Workforce Solution

Mandy saw nursing as a stable career and made it her employment goal. Mandy had an associate’s degree, but not the technical skills needed to obtain self-sufficient employment in the health care industry. With funding from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act received by the Workforce Alliance in 2009, Mandy attended Cowley College and Wichita Area Technical College to obtain her LPN.

Outcomes & Benefits

Upon graduation, Mandy went to work for a local hospital in Winfield as an LPN making $13.06 per hour. She is now continuing her education with tuition assistance from her employer to become an RN.

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