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Success Stories

2017

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Youth Gains Valuable Work Experience while Earning her Degree

In 2015, Sheneka McNeill was an underemployed, twenty year old high school graduate, who was dealing with some serious issues in her home life. She lacked social skills, was extremely shy, and had basic skills deficiencies in both reading and math. When Sheneka decided that she did not want to spend the rest of her life working a part-time job with no opportunities for advancement.... Read more

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Harnett Dislocated Worker Successfully Transitioned to a New Career

Angela Reeves worked at the Factory Carpet Outlet in Pinehurst, NC for three years before she was laid off due to a merger. As a single mother of two, Angela struggled to make ends meet and realized that she was in need of additional training to find another job that would provide enough for her and her family.... Read more

 

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From Homeless to Homeowner!

An updated Success Story for former WIOA participant Antwan Murphy. Mr. Murphy has completed his State Barbering Examination successfully and is now.... Read more

 

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A Former High School Dropout Earns Nursing Degree and Gains Employment

Before Amanda Clewis came to the WIOA Program in 2014, she was a twenty-three year old high school dropout who knew she would need additional education and training to enter into a career field with competitive wages and benefits. So, she enrolled into some adult high school classes and Certified Nursing Assistant Courses (CNA) courses, and began her first steps on her journey to become a nurse. Read more

2016

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Chatham Youth Gains needed Education and Work Experience to Support her Family

As a single mother of two young boys, Janet was determined to gain the education and training needed to secure a good job, so she enrolled into the Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) Office Administration program. Read more

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Sampson County Youth Earns CRC

Prior to his program enrollment, Derrick had no work experience, no resume, no education or skills beyond a high school diploma, and was not comfortable with talking to people. He was completely unaware of the potential he possessed... Read more

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Former Offender finds Success with WIOA

Derik Davis is a former offender who contacted the Harnett County Department of Workforce Development for help reaching his career goals. Although Derik faced several adversities that could have dissuaded him from pursuing career training, Derik decided that he wanted a new life for himself.... Read more

 

 

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Sampson County Dislocated Worker Overcomes Homelessness to Successfully Complete Training

After being laid off in early 2014, Antwan Murphy enrolled into the WIA Dislocated Worker program at the NCWorks Career Center of Clinton in hopes of becoming a Barber. With the help of his case manager, Mary Warren, Antwan entered.... Read more

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Harnett County Youth Participant to be Recognized as Outstanding Teen for the Governor's NCWorks Awards of Distinction

Sophia McLean came to the Harnett County Department of Workforce Development as a 15 year old who was failing most of her classes and being raised by her elderly grandmother. Once she enrolled into the WIA Youth program, her Case Manager, Anitra Hart, was there to give her the help and support she needed. With additional assistance from her teachers.... Read more

2015

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Sampson County Dislocated Worker earns a 4.0 GPA, becomes a Teacher

Mrs. Wanda Parker was laid off from her full time job in May of 2013. To make ends meet, she began working as a substitute teacher and discovered her passion was working with children. In August 2013, she enrolled into the WIA Dislocated Worker Program to earn an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.... Read more.

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Former Offender finds Success as a Barber

Jeffrey Mason, a Siler City native, graduated from High School in 1992. At a young age he made some serious mistakes and ended up incarcerated for 10 years. While incarcerated, Jeffrey set some educational and career goals.... Read more.

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Harnett County Dislocated Worker Transitions to a New Career after 31 Years

In 2013 Sharon Seagroves was laid off from Air Distribution Technologies where she had been employed for thirty-one years as a supervisor. Even though Sharon had several years of experience and job skills, she panicked.... Read more

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Sampson County Participant Utilizes WIA to Upgrade her Skills

Asenet Chavez is a Columbia native who became a US Citizen in 2009. She was enrolled into the WIA Adult program in December of 2012 after losing her job as a front desk receptionist. Asenet understood that she needed additional training.... Read more

2014

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Sampson County Youth Achieves her Dream of Becoming a RN

Brittany Tyndall first came to the Harnett - Sampson WIA Youth Office in August of 2010. She was a 20 year old with big dreams and little money. Although she was receiving some money from the Pell Grant to attend school, it was not quite enough to make do, so she sought out additional assistance from the WIA Youth Program of Sampson County. Read more.

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Sanford Youth Enrolls in College and Receives a Governor's Award

Dominique Staton was referred to the WIA Youth program by her School Counselor and the Juvenile Court Counselor of Lee County. She was sentenced to completing restitution for skipping school, vandalism, and fighting in 2011. Both counselors agreed that the WIA Youth Program would be a great way for her to stay out of trouble.... Read more.

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Sanford WIA Participant obtains Employment as a Local Truck Driver

Joey Hayes enrolled into the WIA Adult program at the NCWorks Career Center of Sanford. He had recently been let go from his job and his former offender status was making it hard for him to find work, so he came to Career Center in hopes of obtaining a career that would support his family and turn his life around for the better. Mr. Hayes had always been interested in earning his North Carolina Commercial Driver's License.... Read more.

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Harnett County Veteran earns IT Degree after 16 Years of Service

Joseph Dwyer served in the U.S. Air Force from 1996 until 2012. He completed three tours of duty to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Germany following the 9-11 attacks in 2001 on the United States. After being honorably discharged, Joseph was unable to obtain employment and decided to seek assistance through the Dislocated Worker Program under the Workforce Investment Act. Joseph understood that his skills were dated and recognized that he needed to be re-trained in Computer Information Technology to be able to successfully compete in today's workforce and provide for his family. Read more.

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Chatham County WIA Participant Lands Teaching Position at UNCG

Mauri comes from a single parent household and could not afford to pay for tuition for her final two semesters of study at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). She applied to the WIA Adult Program in Chatham County.... Read more.

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Harnett County Single Mom of Two earns her CNA

Shanquona McKoy is a single parent of two small children who is passionate about helping others that cannot help themselves. Before enrolling in WIA, Shanquonna worked at South Wake Pre-School and Academy in Fuquay Varina as a floater to provide for her children. Although she often struggled to make ends meet.... Read more.

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Sampson County Youth earns CNA

Azucena Valdez is a 21-year old participant enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Sampson Community College in January 2014. Azucena has a remarkable attitude and possessed a strong desire to become a Certified Nursing Assistant since her first day of enrollment.... Read more.

2013

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Chatham County Man named TSWDB Outstanding Adult Participant

Mr. Frederick Wolfe, the Adult Award Recipient, came to Joint Orange Chatham Community Action, Inc. unemployed and completely on the verge of giving-up. At his last job, Mr. Wolfe was badly injured while working as a delivery truck driver for a local gas company when a propane tank fell on him and broke his back in several places. Being out of work for the next few years.... Read more.

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Harnett Youth Participant named TSWDB Outstanding Younger Youth

As an adolescent growing up in a single parent home, Brittany McKoy has overcome several barriers and adversities in her journey towards success in the Harnett County Youth program. Throughout her enrollment, Brittany demonstrated excellence in various Workforce Development Activities including: organizing and directing the Harnett County Youth Choir, completing her Academic Enrichment activities, excelling in.... Read more.

 

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Harnett Participant earns degree in Broadcasting Production Technology

Tamira Eason is a WIA Adult Program Participant from Harnett County. As a single mother, Tamira found that returning to college to finish her degree is often times a daunting task. "The hardest part about pursuing a college degree and being a single mother .... Read more.

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Army Veteran named TSWDB Outstanding Dislocated Worker

Mr. Baldwin is an Army Veteran that served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two medals for his service to his country. After receiving an honorable discharge, Timothy began working at a power plant in New Hill, NC, until he was notified of his pending layoff.... Read more.

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Lee County resident Named TSWDB Outstanding Older Youth

Anthony Mitchell was a young man on his way to successfully completing high school and starting college until his mom became disabled and no longer able to work and provide for her and Anthony. He dropped out of high school with one semester left.... Read more.

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Lee County Dislocated Worker earns Associate's Degree

Karen Nelson Frazier learned that her job at Pilgrim's Pride Plant in Siler City, NC would end on March 23, 2008. The first thing that came to her mind was "what I am going to do now". The 48 year-old dislocated worker decided to take the time to go back to school to pursue her dreams of higher education.... Read more.

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Harnett Youth Becomes 4th Member of his Family to Earn High School Diploma

During his junior year of high school, William Robinson enrolled in the WIA Youth Program at the Harnett County Department of Workforce Development in Lillington, NC, in hopes of one-day attending college to become an architect. He graduated from Triton High School in Erwin, NC in June 2013, and became the fourth member of his family to receive a high school diploma.... Read more.

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Sampson County Dislocated Worker earns CDL

Ebony Parker is a single mother with two adult children. She previously worked as a Bus Driver for East Coast Migrant Headstart making over $13 per hour, 40 hours a week. Unfortunately, in November of 2011, Ebony was laid off from her job, but was strong enough not to lose hope.... Read more.

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Chatham Youth gains Valuable Skills through TSWDB Youth Activities

Donta Cobb is an 18-year old young adult that currently attends alternative high school at SAGE Academy in Siler City, NC. Donta joined the WIA Youth program in search of learning skills that will help him grow into a successful young man. He considers himself to be a natural leader, and seeks to gain increased leadership ability through various skill building activities and workshops.... Read more.

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Chatham Youth Re-enrolls in High School with Hopes of Being a Manufacturer

Bryan Johnson, a Chatham County resident also known as Keith, dropped out of High School in 2010. While living on his friend's couch, Keith worked side jobs here and there in an effort to make ends meet. At the time, Keith was referred to the WIA Youth Program, but before he was able to schedule an appointment, he was involved in a major car accident that left him hospitalized.... Read more.

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Sampson County Dislocated Worker receives the North Carolina College System Academic Excellence Award

Steven Vernon, a Sampson County resident, is a hard working individual that worked at Energy Conversion Systems before he was laid off from his job in May 2009. After the plant closed, Steven decided that he would return to school to pursue his dream of becoming a Teacher. He entered the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) and enrolled in Sampson Community College's Early Childhood program .... Read more.

2012

Sampson Youth Doubles his Pay by Earning a CDL

William Powell was a 20-year old high school graduate when he enrolled in the Harnett Sampson Youth Program. With his limited education and job history, William realized that he had no marketable skills outside of agricultural employment and that he needed specialized training in order to reach his career goals.... Read more.