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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Andrew

Workforce Challenge

Andrew came into the Wichita Workforce Center wanting to obtain funds to complete his Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate/license, as well as pursue his RN after the LPN was completed. Andrew is married with 3 children and he wanted to be able to provide sufficiently for himself and his family. At the time, Andrew was employed part time as a CNA, working 2 days per week (16 hours) and making $11.50 per hour. He had additional barriers in the form of housing and utilities.

Workforce Solution

Andrew was able to secure Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project (KHPOP) funding for his final semester of training as an LPN. KHPOP assisted with tuition, fees, books, the LPN testing fee, licensing fee and background check fees.

In order to be successful in completing his LPN license, Andrew also requested assistance with his housing payment and utilities, both gas and electric. This assistance was needed largely due to his part-time hours and having to focus on full-time school to complete his LPN on time. Andrew completed his LPN Technical Certificate in December 2011 and obtained his LPN license in January 2012. After completing his LPN, he applied for the RN program in order to enhance opportunities and wages in the healthcare field.

Outcomes & Benefits

Although Andrew was accepted into an RN program in June 2013, after much discussion and consideration, he decided to delay pursuing his RN due to some family issues. Even though he was not able to complete his entire goal, Andrew was a success in completing his LPN and he knows that he can obtain his RN when he is ready. Andrew is now working full-time hours as an LPN making $17 per hour, and gaining necessary experience for his future.

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