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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Michael

Workforce Challenge

Michael had been employed as a Sheet Metal Assembler at Hawker Beechcraft for six years when he received notice that he was being laid off effective immediately. Michael was now unemployed and going from a salary of $26.48 per hour to drawing weekly unemployment benefits along with many of his coworkers. Though Michael had 12+ years of sheet metal experience, labor market data at the time indicated a -1% decline for that field in the state of Kansas.

Workforce Solution

Michael was aware that he was eligible for benefits under TAA Petition 74901 and came into the Workforce Center to complete Dislocate Worker eligibility. He was referred to TAA and met with his case manager for the first time on 05/22/2012. He completed enrollment and learned about the many benefits of TAA that were available to him including training. Michael researched available training opportunities and identified the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program through WATC as his best option to update and enhance his current skills and believed that receiving the A.A.S. in A & P would allow him to expand his job search to other states if necessary due to the out sourcing of jobs in our local area. Michael and his TAA case manager completed and submitted a classroom training request which was approved.

Outcomes & Benefits

Michael began his training at WATC on 08/27/2012 and was so successful in training that he was hired as an adjunct professor at WATC effective 11/11/2013. This provided Michael with some part-time employment so that he could continue his training and have some additional financial support for him and his family. Michael completed training at WATC on 04/22/2014 and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology. He also completed his Airframe oral and practical exams obtaining his Airframe license on 09/08/2013 and General and Powerplant license on 04/26/2014. Michael’s training and credentials proved to be a valuable asset and he didn’t even have to relocate. On 05/12/2014, Michael began his new full-time position as a Technician, Aviation Maintenance (A & P Mechanic) with Bombardier Learjet at a rate of $22 per hour. In two years, TAA had provided him with the opportunity and support needed to obtain new skills and embark on a new career.

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