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Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Meet Kimberly

Workforce Challenge

Kimberly came into the Wichita Workforce Center in May 2012. She was being laid off from her position as a sheet metal assembler at an aircraft manufacturer and wanted to understand what benefits were available to her under the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA). Although she completed enrollment in the TAA program, she was recalled to her trade impacted position in September, so she returned to work. Just under a year later, in August 2013, Kimberly returned to the Workforce Center. Kimberly’s husband had suffered a stroke and she had requested a voluntary layoff as she could not continue to work and provide the care that was needed for her spouse. Kimberly had previous experience with truck driving through family members and was interested in receiving training to obtain her CDL class A license, as she was aware that as a truck driver her spouse would be able to accompany her over the road.

Workforce Solution

Kimberly still qualified for TAA benefits under her 2012 layoff and so she was re-enrolled in the TAA program. She provided the workforce center with documentation from several trucking companies that she would be able to have her spouse accompany her over the road. Truck driving is considered a highly marketable field and a training plan was completed and approved to allow Kimberly to attend the Wichita Truck Driving School starting in November, 2013. She would need just five weeks to complete her training.

Outcomes & Benefits

In December 2013, Kimberly completed her training, obtaining her Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) her NSC DDC Professional Truck Driver license and a certificate of completion. Kimberly had attended the Resume/Interview Workshop through the Wichita Workforce Center and utilizing her updated skills, she received an offer of employment to drive for Schneider National starting right away, at a rate of .30 a mile with increases of two cents every three months.

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