Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Crystal

Workforce Challenge

When first visiting the Workforce Center, Crystal was a 24-year-old single mother with a three-year-old child. Crystal and her child lived with her mother because she was unable to afford her own housing. She lacked the income to have reliable transportation, which made applying for jobs and getting to school or work nearly impossible. Crystal was also unemployed and had limited job experience which mostly included waitressing that paid $2.50 per hour plus tips. With only a high school diploma and her limited experience she was not able to secure a job that would allow her to be self-sufficient.

Workforce Solution

When discussing her employment goals with a Workforce Professional, Crystal stated that she wanted to get her degree to be a paramedic and wanted to work in an in-demand occupation that would give her a self-sufficient wage to support her and her child.

Crystal was enrolled in the WIA Adult Program and began receiving assistance to pay for her Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT). Crystal worked with a Workforce Professional to stay on track and help eliminate any barriers that stood between her and her degree. She was assisted with WIA transportation vouchers that helped make sure she could attend class daily.

Outcomes & Benefits

Crystal has now completed her degree program and is working full time for Sedgwick County EMS making $16.20 per hour.

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