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Meet Brenda

Workforce Challenge

Brenda was laid off from the aviation industry where she was working as a Dispatcher. Not wanting to return to the aviation industry, she decided it was time to pursue her dream to become a Registered Nurse. She struggled with cost of attending school, and sought assistance from the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas. Her income was very limited at the time of enrollment and she already had a bachelor’s degree which eliminated her from receiving a Pell grant.

Workforce Solution

Because of her layoff, Brenda qualified for funding from the National Emergency Grant, which provided funding to cover the cost of tuition and books. Brenda enrolled in the Registered Nursing program at Wichita State University. During her training program, Brenda gave birth to a second child and was able to maintain satisfactory grades while raising two small children.

Outcomes & Benefits

After graduating she was hired by a local hospital at a higher wage than her former position. She is very happy in her new career.

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