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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Steve

Workforce Challenge

Although Steve had many years of experience and a BA in the IT field, he was finding it difficult to find work. His previous employment lasted only a year before resulting in another difficult layoff. Employers viewed Steve's IT experience as "outdated," making it difficult to even get an interview. In the meantime, Steve and his family were getting by on unemployment insurance benefits... but just barely.

Workforce Solution

Steve came to the Workforce Center in Wichita, KS and discovered he could receive support in updating his IT skills as well as support in looking for employment. Eventually Steve gained the support he needed through WIA funding to obtain certificates in the IT industry.

At the same time, due to the financial strain on his family living on unemployment benefits, Steve needed work. Steve's Workforce Professional emailed job openings provided by the Business Services Team to maximize his options. Pretty soon Steve began getting called for interviews.

Outcomes & Benefits

After only three months in his IT training program, Steve was offered a job with a prestigious local IT company making a higher, self sufficient wage. The employer recognized Steve's desire to improve himself through continuing education, and has provided an incentive for him to complete his training by offering a large salary bonus once certification is gained. This certification would not have been possible without the support of WIA funds and Steve's hard work.

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