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Meet Grant

Workforce Challenge

Grant Sorensen was laid off from his position as a Video Production Specialist in the aerospace manufacturing industry in July 2013. Grant is an Air Force Veteran who obtained his broadcaster training while on active duty and served as a broadcaster for the Armed Forces. After completing his military services, Grant returned to the Wichita area and obtained employment as a videographer with The Boeing Company. Spirit Aerosystems acquired the commercial division of Boeing in 2005 and Grant continued working as a producer, videographer and editor. After 24 years of employment, he was laid off.

Workforce Solution

In October, Grant received notice that a TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) petition had been approved for Spirit and he was eligible for TAA benefits. Grant came into the Career Center in November 2013, where he met with a counselor to complete his dislocated worker eligibility and be referred for TAA. The counselor provided him with the TAA Next Steps which, among other items, required him to post his resume to KANSASWorks. Grant's employment goal was to return to the video production field but he felt that the demand was limited in the Wichita area.

Outcomes & Benefits

In January 2014, the case manager emailed Grant regarding the availability of new job openings in Wichita and received the best news a case manager can receive. Grant replied with thanks for the information but said he didn’t need it. He had started a new job as Video Production Manager at a local television station on January 2nd, and according to him the best part was, "My new employer saw my resume on KANSASWorks website and called me out of the blue. So I guess, KANSASWorks WORKS!”

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