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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Craig

Workforce Challenge

Craig came into the Wichita Workforce Center for a scheduled RES appointment. Craig had been laid off from his full-time position in Metal Bond Composite Lay-up with Hawker Beechcraft on 04/29/2012 after almost five years of employment. He had been earning $19.11 per hour. Craig had been unable to secure employment in his field and when he reported for RES, he was informed by the Workforce Professional providing his services that he was eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits. The WP referred Craig to TAA and provided him with resources required for the program.

Workforce Solution

Craig met with his Case Manager and enrolled in TAA. Craig was placed on a waiver from training which allowed him to continue his job search and would provide him with time to research training options while preserving his benefits. Though labor market data indicated that Craig was marketable, he was unable to find and secure employment in his field. Craig’s case manager provided him with the tools needed to research training, identify a training provider and determine the best course of action. He determined that obtaining a CDL “A” was his best options based on LMI and the length of the training. Craig enrolled at Wichita Truck Driving School and a TAA training plan was completed and approved. Craig obtained a certificate from the Wichita Truck Driving School, verification that he had completed the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course Professional Truck Driver and was issued his Commercial Class “A” license. While enrolled in TAA approved training, the entire cost of Craig’s training was covered including tuition, fees, books, DOT physical, drug screen and testing fees associated with his program.

Outcomes & Benefits

Craig obtained full-time employment with Hall Industrial Services as a Flatbed Truck Driver on 11/11/2013. This position ended up being short term when the employer requested that Craig relocate out-of-state. He obtained new full-time employment as a cabinet finisher at Global Engineering and Technology, Inc. effective 03/12/2014 at a rate of $11 per hour. Though this new position is not in the field of training, Craig continues to be employed and has applied for and is receiving RTAA benefits through TAA to supplement his income. Craig hopes for advancement in his current position but continues to meet with his TAA case manager and to look at employment options in his field of training and at a higher rate of pay.

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