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

Meet Thomas

Workforce Challenge

Thomas, a 38 year old Arkansas City resident, was laid-off from an entry-level position at an aviation manufacturing company. Prior to layoff Thomas was commuting 130 miles each day and earning $15.94 per hour. Thomas had earned an associate degree earlier in his life, but it was not relevant to the mechanical work he liked to do.

Workforce Solution

Through the WIA Dislocated Worker program and money received from the State’s Rapid Response fund for those affected by a mass layoff, Thomas was able to enroll in the Megatronics Program at Cowley College(a combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and software engineering). After completing the program the Workforce Center's Business Services Team helped him connect to local employers.

Outcomes & Benefits

Thomas obtain employment at a local Arkansas City company. He is now earning $15.00 per hour and does not have to travel 130 miles round trip to work every day. The savings in fuel cost allows him to bring home more money each week.

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