Kansas

Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Heartland Works, Inc.

Meet Stephanie

Workforce Challenge

Stephanie dropped out of high school before her senior year. She made this decision when she realized her baby’s due date fell in the middle of the school year. Stephanie felt working to save money was a bigger priority at that time in her life. She didn’t realize the impact her lack of diploma would have on her job opportunities. Stephanie visited the Junction City Workforce Center to ask for help with her job search and was referred to the Heartland Works, Inc. WIA Youth Program.

Workforce Solution

While enrolled in the WIA Youth program, Stephanie attended an alternative education program to receive tutoring and instruction towards the completion of her high school diploma. She also participated in a work experience opportunity at the local hospital in the food service department. This work experience allowed her to earn a wage, learn new skills, build a work history and cultivate positive work references. Throughout her participation in the WIA Youth program, Stephanie received coaching on her school and work activities and encouragement to stay engaged in the program.

Outcomes & Benefits

Stephanie obtained her high school diploma before the birth of her baby. Her WIA funded work experience gave her the skills she needed to obtain a full-time, unsubsidized job with the hospital where she remains employed to this date. Empowered by her success, she applied for Habitat for Humanity and moved into her brand new home in January 2011. She no longer receives SRS assistance and her future plans include attending college so she can move up the career ladder at the hospital.

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