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

LaSherie

Workforce Challenge

LaSherie was anticipating a lay-off from her current employer when she decided to be proactive and visit the Wichita Workforce Center. LaSherie, a single-mother, was horrified at the thought of being unemployed. She wanted to make a career change and obtain employment in an industry with a stable outlook. LaSherie wanted to train for a career in the health care industry.

Workforce Solution

LaSherie was eligible for tuition assistance and completed the necessary steps to enroll for health care training. In additon, she received assistance with her resume and job search and she completed financial literacy computer modules and a soft skill workshop.

LaSherie enrolled in the CNA/CMA program at Midwestern College and received assistance with her tuition, fees, materials and supplies. In addition, she received assistance with various supportive services to eliminate barriers to training, such as, a car repair and fuel assistance.

Outcomes & Benefits

LaSherie found employment as a janitor at a local health care facility while completing her first two short-term healthcare credentials. After earning her CNA/CMA certifications, she was promoted at her job from janitor to CNA. She was earning about $8.50 per hour as a janitor, and she was able to increase her earnings to $10 per hour in less than 6 months.

LaSherie is now on a career pathway to completing her LPN.

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