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

Meet Christopher

Workforce Challenge

Christopher came into the Wichita Workforce Center in June 2011, seeking training assistance for the RN program he was currently attending through Butler Community College. Christopher was laid off from the aircraft industry in March 2009 and was unemployed for 1.5 years. He started working part-time as a delivery driver for FedEx in Jan 2011, working 16-20 hrs per week, making $13.75 per hour, but was still in need of PACES assistance to complete his RN degree and gain a new career in healthcare.

Workforce Solution

Christopher qualified for the PACES program in June 2011 and was able to secure PACES funding for his remaining 3 semesters of RN training starting in August 2011. While enrolled in PACES, he was able to get assistance with tuition, fees, books, uniforms, background check, drug screen, immunizations and testing fees associated with his RN program. Christopher also received fuel assistance to and from training, as it was a significant drive from Sedgwick, KS to El Dorado, KS. In December 2012, Christopher completed his RN degree gaining an Associates in Applied Science/Nursing. He was unable to pass his RN state exam, but is working on raising the funds to pay for a reschedule test on his own. He will have many opportunities once he is able to pass this exam.

Outcomes & Benefits

Client is still employed as a delivery driver, working for a contractor for FedEx. He has increased his hours to 30-40 per week and is now making $17.50 per hour. Client is continually applying for RN positions and has several prospects once he is able to pass his RN state exam. Once he secures the funds for the testing fees, he is looking forward to rescheduling his exam and provide more opportunities for himself in the healthcare field.

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