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

Valeri

Workforce Challenge

Tired of working low-paying jobs she found a position as an EKG Tech at a local hospital. Though this position was one that she enjoyed she still wanted more. More out of her life, especially her profession.

Workforce Solution

Valeri started a Certified Medication Aide (CMA) class in March 2012. She completed that class in May, earning a professional credential that not only changed what she did, but also her outlook on her future.

“The training really opened my eyes to a lot of things,” Valeri said. “I enjoy being an EKG Tech, but now I get to work more with the patients and the doctors. I’ve learned so much and really enjoy my job. This has been more than I ever expected.”

Valeri is driven to continue her career pathway. Receiving her CMA has inspired her to take the next step, becoming a surgical technician. In addition to the PACES support that will help provide funding for her education, Valeri will also benefit from financial literacy training and guidance from a career coach who will help with supportive services.

Outcomes & Benefits

Valeri hopes to enter training to become a Surgical Technician in the Spring of 2013 and is thinking about acquiring a CNA Certification to be even more employable in the health care field. Valeri is on a mission, one that a year ago didn’t seem possible.

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