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Meet Silver

Workforce Challenge

Silver was a dislocated worker who was laid off from a local heating and air conditioning company due to lack of work. While he was on unemployment, he came in to KansasWORKS to begin job searching with an Employment Specialist. He was struggling with finding work because of his felony record and the time he had spent in prison. In addition, while he had a high school diploma, he did not have any formal training for a career.

Workforce Solution

Silver's Employment Specialist enrolled him as a dislocated worker in the WIA Program. He attended both the Job Search Workshop and the Career Success Workshop. Following that, he participated in the 6 week CDL course offered at Seward County Community College. He obtained his license on his first try and started applying for trucking jobs in the area. I referred him to Ford County Road & Bridge for a CDL driver position.

Outcomes & Benefits

I worked with the county to identify skills Silver had as well as those he still needed to learn and we were able to work together to form an on-the-job training contract. Silver participated in and successfully completed the OJT with Ford County. He has been very successful at his job and Ford County is very appreciative of the work the employment specialist and the WIA program did to connect this job seeker to them for employment.

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