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Meet Christopher

Workforce Challenge

Christopher was laid off from Aircraft Industry in March 2009 and was unemployed for 1.5 years, before finally landing a job through a FedEx contractor as a delivery driver in January 2011. He knew that he needed a new career path, so he enrolled in a nursing program at Butler Community College to obtain an RN credential. Christopher came into the Wichita Workforce Center in June 2011, seeking training assistance to complete his RN degree and gain a new career in healthcare.

Workforce Solution

Christopher qualified for the PACES program in June 2011 and secured PACES funding for his remaining 3 semesters of RN training, to begin in August 2011. While enrolled in PACES, he received assistance with tuition, fees, books, uniforms, a background check, drug screen, immunizations and testing fees associated with his RN program. Christopher also received fuel assistance to and from training, as it was a significant drive from Sedgwick, KS to El Dorado, KS. In December 2012 Christopher completed his RN degree, earning an Associates in Applied Science/Nursing.

He was unable to pass his RN state exam on the first try, but he is working on raising the funds to pay for a reschedule on his own.

Outcomes & Benefits

Christopher is still employed as a delivery driver, working for a contractor for FedEx. He has increased his hours to 30-40 per week and is now making $17.50 per hour. He is continually applying for RN positions and has several prospects once he is able to pass his RN state exam. Once he gets the monies for the testing fees, he will able to reschedule his exam and provide more opportunities for himself in the healthcare field. He is excited for this new career opportunity.


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