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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Michelle

Workforce Challenge

Michelle was a single of mother of four, receiving state assistance through DCF to assist with daily living needs. She was also an ex-offender, which is often a significant barrier to employment. Michelle came into the Wichita Workforce Center in hopes of finishing some short term training programs in the healthcare field in order to provide for herself and family, as well as find a career path she had passion for and could find some success. Michelle also wanted to gain her GED / High School equivalency, as she had been completing preparation courses on her own.

Workforce Solution

Michelle became eligible for the KHPOP program in September 2011. She began her career path with the CNA and CPR trainings, which were completed in May 2012 and paid for with KHPOP funds. During this time she was working part-time as a food server at a school district, but only getting minimal hours. She was able to receive supportive services through KHPOP in the way of housing and utilities, which helped her while job searching for a positions as a CNA. She was able to complete her CMA (Medical Assistant) in March 2013, again using KHPOP funds.

Michelle began searching for a position as a CMA. She had some struggles with her job search due to her offender status, so the Workforce Center provided extensive job search assistance as well.

Outcomes & Benefits

Michelle continued to work as a food server until October 2013, when she found full-time employment as a CMA, working at an established healthcare provider, making $11 per hour. She is excited to be involved in this new career path that will set her up for success in her field of choice.

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