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

Meet Kimberly

Workforce Challenge

Kimberly came into the Wichita Workforce Center in May 2012. She had been informed that she would be laid off from her position as a sheet metal assembler at Hawker Beechcraft on 07/10/2012 and had received information that she might be eligible for Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) benefits. She had been employed at Hawker Beechcraft since 2001 but was interested in attending training in order to obtain employment in a more reliable occupation. Kimberly completed her Dislocated Worker eligibility and was referred to TAA. She completed enrollment in the TAA program and was almost immediately recalled to her trade impacted position at Hawker Beechcraft on 09/24/2012 at a rate of $26.48 per hour. In August 2013, Kimberly returned to the Workforce Center. Kimberly’s husband had suffered a stroke and she had requested a voluntary layoff from Hawker Beechcraft as she could not continue to work and provide the care that was needed for her spouse. Kimberly had previous experience with truck driving through family members and was interested in receiving training to obtain her CDL as she was aware that as a truck driver her spouse would be able to accompany her over the road.

Workforce Solution

Kimberly still qualified for TAA benefits under her 2012 layoff from Hawker Beechcraft and was re-enrolled in the TAA program. She was able to provide us with documentation from several trucking companies that she would be able to have her spouse accompany her over the road. Truck driving was considered a highly marketable field and a training plan was completed and approved to allow Kimberly to attend the Wichita Truck Driving School starting 11/11/2013. In five weeks she compete her training.

Outcomes & Benefits

Kimberly completed her training obtaining her CDL, NSC DDC Professional Truck Driver license and a certificate of completion. Kimberly had attended the Resume/Interview Workshop through the Wichita Workforce Center and utilizing her updated skills she received an offer of employment to drive for Schneider National starting 01/06/2014 at a rate of .30 a mile with increases of two cents every three months.

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