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

Meet Susan

Workforce Challenge

Susan came into the Workforce Center to expand her training in the healthcare field. She had her CNA certification, but she was not making a self-sufficient wage. She was working 2 jobs, trying to support herself and her family. Susan initially became eligible for the PACES program in April of 2011 and later applied for the KHPOP program, becoming eligible in July of 2012.

Workforce Solution

Through the PACES program, Susan was able to obtain her CMA license and work through most of her LPN prerequisite courses. She completed her CMA on 08/31/11 and was accepted into the LPN program. Susan completed her LPN on 07/26/12 and applied for the RN program, as she was motivated to complete her healthcare career ladder to maximize credentials and wage. Susan was accepted into the RN program and later obtained her RN license on 06/27/13. Susan was able to receive assistance with tuition, fees, books, materials and supplies all through PACES and KHPOP. She also received supportive services to repair her car and reimburse for mileage to and from school.

Outcomes & Benefits

Susan was able to complete her healthcare career pathways successfully, working all the way up to her RN / Associates Degree status. She was able to find work as a CMA to help her support herself throughout the LPN and RN trainings. She has since gained RN employment at a major hospital in the Wichita area. She is making $28 per hour base pay and $32.25 differential pay, qualifying for benefits as well. Susan is excited for this new opportunity.

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