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LWIA 51 - Calcasieu Parish Consortium

Meet Kalli

Workforce Challenge

Kalli Stoker was an underemployed 18-year-old single mother. Her job as a dental assistant didn't give her enough income to support her family, and she wasn't really happy in the position.

Workforce Solution

The Calcasieu Parish Consortium (LWIA 51) helped Kalli on the road to a new career in welding by providing financial assistance for tuition, books, supplies, meals and travel. This helped her earn certificates of completion for her welding courses. When her original welding class ended, Kalli opted to continue her studies, paying for the courses herself while receiving a meal and travel stipend through LWIA 51.

Outcomes & Benefits

After receiving her additional completion certificate in November 2009, Kalli started working for a local employer as an industrial material handler. Kalli is still employed there, making the living wage she needs to support her family.

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