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

Meet Magalit

Workforce Challenge

Magalit was laid off from a large aviation firm and wanted to retrain for the healthcare industry. When she came to the Wichita Workforce Center, she had been working part-time in retail and she had finished one semester toward her associate's degree as an occupational therapy assistant. Magalit needed help with tuition, paying for licensure exams, and her internship that required her to relocate for a short time.

Workforce Solution

WIA funding was used to help Magalit with the cost of tuition. The first part of her internship required her to relocate to Pueblo, Colorado and with help from WIA she was able to get fuel assistance to ease the financial burden. The second half of her internship required her to drive a half-hour just outside of Wichita and once again, fuel assistance alleviated the barrier. Once her program was complete, she received help paying for her licensure exams so that she could quickly transition into the workforce.

Outcomes & Benefits

The assistance provided by the Workforce Alliance cleared the obstacles that could have prevented Magalit from advancing beyond her part-time retail position. She easily found work as an occupational therapy assistant and began a new career in the healthcare industry. In a time of instability, unemployment, and disabling debt, WIA funding empowered Magalit to pursue her dream of a fulfilling career.

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