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

Meet Tim

Workforce Challenge

After graduating high school, Tim joined the National Guard. He was called to duty for 16 months during the Iraq War and was stationed in Iraq for 12 months. After returning home Tim secured a job with a local aviation manufacturing company as a sheet metal assembler. He worked for this company 1 1/2 years, but was laid-off in 2009 at the start of the recession. Being a married father of one child, Tim wanted to get back to work as quickly as possible to support his family.

Workforce Solution

Tim visited the Butler Workforce Center. With only a high school diploma and a limited work history, Tim knew he needed formal training to secure employment amongst thousands of other aviation workers who were also being laid-off due to the economy. Tim explored the training programs available on the Demand Occupations list and after much consideration he decided to enter the healthcare sector. Tim worked with a Workforce Professional to get assistance paying for the Surgical Technology program at Wichita Area Technical College. While attending training, a Workforce Professional was able to help Tim work though the barriers that could have otherwise kept him from completing the program by providing vouchers and funds for transportation and required class supplies.

Outcomes & Benefits

Tim completed the program and received his certificate in May, 2010. Just a few weeks later he was hired by Wesley Medical Center as a Surgical Technician making $16.27 per hour. Tim now has a career in a new field with even greater earning potential.

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