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


Workforce Challenge

Daniel was a 24 year old married man who was attending Wichita State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. He had a background in construction and was supporting his family on his salary as a pharmacy technician while going to school.

Workforce Solution

The Workforce Alliance and Wichita State University’s College of Engineering was awarded a Federal Grant called the Kansas Engineering Excellence Project (KEEP) to promote and fund the education of students in the field of Engineering and to reduce the need of companies bringing in foreign nationals from other countries on H-1B visas for higher level projects. This was good news for Daniel. He was determined eligible for the KEEP program prior to the spring 2012 semester and was approved for tuition assistance.

Outcomes & Benefits

Daniel completed his Bachelor’s degree in May 2012 and began a KEEP funded Internship with an area manufacturing company. His salary was paid by KEEP funds and he also received Mileage Assistance. At the end of his internship, Dan’s employer offered him a full-time permanent position as a Quality Engineer earning $25.49/hour. Daniel is now pursuing a Master’s Degree with assistance from KEEP. The advanced degree will help him advance up the career ladder and fill a vital role for local companies requiring Master's level qualifications.

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