Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Heartland Works, Inc.

Meet Brent

Workforce Challenge

Brent came to Heartland Works, Inc., a WIA Program Operator, in his first semester at Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) in the Electric Power & Distribution program, seeking financial aid for his classroom training costs. A former bank loan officer at a small-town bank, Brent had made the decision to go back to school to pursue training in an occupation with strong demand and earning potential.

Workforce Solution

The WIA program operated by HWI issued an Individual Training Account (ITA) voucher to provide a modest financial scholarship for partial coverage of his training costs at MATC. During his time at MATC, he was selected as a Student Ambassador and served as Student Body President. He was also nominated for American Technological Association Outstanding student. In addition, WIA provided a referral to the State Energy Sector Partnership Training (SESPT) program (also operated by HWI) which allowed Mr. McKeeman to participate in Westar Energy’s boot camp program. Westar Energy is one of the major employers in the Electric Power industry in the state of Kansas. Brent’s HWI Career Consultant provided ongoing support during training.

Outcomes & Benefits

Brent graduated from the MATC program in December 2010, with a 4.0 GPA. He remained employed with DSNL Electric (a part-time position he obtained after starting school), but he was offered an upgraded full-time position (40 hours per week) as an apprentice lineman, which increased his wages per hour from $12.00 to $20.86. Brent said, “Thanks to Heartland Works for their active efforts in recruiting and serving clients. I will be sure to sure to spread the word about their high quality services.”

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