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Building You: Laid-off worker chooses new path in healthcare

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 5:38 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - This laid off worker from the aviation industry is choosing a new career path in the healthcare industry.

Tracy Taylor was laid off from Spirit AeroSystems in January and is now enrolled at WSU Tech in the practical nursing program.

Her schooling is paid for in full through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program.

“Relieved and happy. I’m ecstatic at the fact that I can do this, that I’m getting the opportunity to do this,” said Taylor.

She could start working as a licensed practical nurse as soon as January 2022, and get paid more than $20 per hour.

“Healthcare is the single most in demand (industry) across the country and we want to make sure we have all the healthcare workers we need here in Wichita. And, it’s a continued demand because we have an aging population, so healthcare is always a big part of what we’re looking at,” said Jim Hall, dean of aviation and manufacturing at the National Center for Aviation Training.

To learn more about the Get Trained Get Paid campaign, click here.

To learn more about the TAA program, click here, or contact the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas at (316) 771-6800.

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