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


Workforce Challenge

Sophia came to the Workforce Center looking for assistance to complete her last semester in her Social Work degree program. Sophia is a single mom and was unemployed while trying to complete the practicum required for her training program. She struggled to pay the bills let alone the cost of books and other fees for her education.

Workforce Solution

WIA funding was used to assist Sophia with the cost of books and the fees of becoming a licensed Social Worker. To alleviate outside stressors, the Workforce Center was also able to assist with her electric bill, water, and outstanding rent. Without a stable place to live for her and her child, finishing her education may have been an insurmountable challenge. Following Sophia’s graduation, she was also referred to the Business Services Team for additional assistance with her resume and connections to jobs in her field.

Outcomes & Benefits

Sophia is now employed full time as a Social Worker making a high wage. With the assistance she received from the Workforce Center, Sophia is now self-sufficient and prepared to give back through her rewarding career. Helping someone like Sophia get back to work is a reminder that what programs like this do isn’t about helping just one person. That one person could also support a family or even provide assistance to others in need through a helping career like Social Work!

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