Success Stories: Turning Dreams Into Reality

While best practices help businesses achieve greater goals, they often fulfill a higher purpose: helping people become more successful. Our workforce board members are proud to have helped play even a small role in helping make dreams come true for so many people from North Carolina. These are the best of best practices.

Alamance County NCWorks Career Center SUCCESS STORIES

Building Futures Work Experience

valentina-butcher-2016Valentina Butcher, a 20 year old in-school youth from Alamance County, had previously earned her high school diploma while in the program, and has now earned her Nursing Aide certification on June 11, 2016.  Valentina is currently attending pre-requisite classes at Alamance Community College towards the nursing program. WIOA assisted Valentina with the nursing uniforms and tools needed to complete her clinical rotation for the Nurse Aide course. 

Valentina also completed a paid work experience through Building Futures at the Children’s Museum of Alamance County and is now employed there part-time while she continues with school.   *Provided by Alamance Building Futures Youth Program


Montgomery County NCWorks Career Center SUCCESS STORIES

NCBA Participant, An Attitude of Gratitude

“Becoming computer literate at my age was a definite challenge. Fear of the computer was my first obstacle. But due to the patience and encouragement of our staff at Montgomery NC Works Career Center, I was determined to persevere. All thanks to Ms. Phyllis, our Customer Service Specialist.” *Submitted by Millicent Peck, NCBA Participant

Vision to Protect and Serve—WIOA Was There to Help with Expenses

zachary-prevatte-2016            Vickie Odom, Career Advisor for Montgomery County Building Futures interviewed Zachary Prevatte in July 2015 to participate in the WIOA Youth Program. He was raised by a single parent who instilled excellent values and a solid work ethic. After talking with him and getting to know him, Vickie knew that he would be an excellent candidate for both the WIOA program and the BLET program. 

            Zachary, a mature 19 year old, has a vision for his life… graduate high school, enroll in the BLET program at Montgomery Community College, become a Sheriff’s Deputy working with the K-9 Unit for Moore County, then eventually become a Detective and help with the Crime Scenes Division.  Zachary’s ultimate dream job is to work for the CIA or FBI. 

            Zachary was enrolled in the WIOA program on July 22, 2015 with WIOA assisting with his uniform expenses and other supplies. WIOA also assisted with his transportation back and forth from home and school. He began BLET classes in August 2015.  Vickie stated, “I could see each month the growth and progress he was making personally, and in school. I could see the pride in his accomplishments on his face.”  Zachary continued to make excellent grades and grow as a mature twenty year old.  He was very appreciative and thanked Vickie continually for all the assistance WIOA provided to him.   

            On May 11, 2016 Zachary graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Montgomery Community College. Montgomery County Building Futures is proud to say that Zachary is on his way to achieving his next goal of becoming a Police Office.  They have no doubt that one day they will see Zachary sworn in and protecting lives.   *Provided by Montgomery County Building Futures Youth Program

Moore County NCWorks Career Center SUCCESS STORIES

Charlene Ross Recognized at RPWDB October Meeting

            Moore County native, Charlene Ross, was recognized at the Regional Partnership Workforce Development Board Meeting on October 27 in Moore County.

            After becoming separated from her job of several years in January of 2014, Charlene Ross, a single mother of two, was faced with a very challenging decision to make ends meet for her and her family. Struggling to find work and sufficient wages, she decided to return to school. After visiting the Moore County NCWorks Career Center and learning of the WIOA program and its useful services, Charlene was excited and enthusiastic about completing her goal.

charlene-ross-pic-oct-27-2016            Charlene knew that her goal would be difficult, but she was ready for the challenge. The NCWorks Career Center served as a solid support system and was able to assist her with transportation, resume and job search assistance, motivation and encouragement, and other supportive services.

On July 13, 2015 Charlene completed the Human Services—Substance Abuse two-year program at Sandhills Community College and received her Associate’s Degree.

Charlene found full-time employment on October 7, 2015. She began as a Human Service Activity Assistant at Elmcroft of Southern Pines and was offered a promotion on June 21, 2016 as the Healthy Lifestyle Director.  October, 2016 marked her one year Anniversary and she is excited about her future.  She dreams to one day build a homeless shelter within her county. In Charlene’s words… “Believe in yourself and never let people or society dictate what you can become”.  Congratulations Charlene.   *Provided by Moore County NCWorks Career Center


Moore Count Building Futures Youth Participant Receives Ford Professional Technician Society Certificationmarcus-leslie-moore-county-2016 

 “I really appreciate the assistance, opportunities, and motivation that the WIOA program has provided for me. The transportation assistance was especially great and I feel that the motivation I received really helped me remain focused.”

Marcus Leslie, Automotive Mechanic

Orange County NCWorks Career Center SUCCESS STORIES

Work Experiences, Business 101 Trainings & More

 Orange County Department of Social Services has opened its employment and training center “Orange Works”.  Our county is dedicated to assisting individuals with job orange-county-bfplacement and training.  As a result, DSS has incorporated Café 113 as a training opportunity. Many WIOA participants have been able to take advantage of work orange-county-bf-2016experience opportunities at Café 113. This would not have been such a success without the partnership of Weaver Street Market and Joe Van Gogh Coffee. These community partners have offered free business 101 trainings, which taught our participants how to start their own business. They learned marketing strategies, how to assess inventory and order merchandise appropriately, as well as, how to create job descriptions, etc.  Joe Van Gogh Coffee offered no cost training on products and how to make the best coffee and smoothies.                  *Provided by Orange County DSS– Building Futures Youth Program

Randolph County NCWorks Career Center SUCCESS STORIES


Kimberly Chandler and her husband were enrolled in college at the same time. With three children and student loans mounting, they sought help from the Randolph County NCWorks Career Center.  After going through the qualification procedure, Employment Specialist, Gail Bailey enrolled Kimberly and supported her in completing her Dental Hygienist certification.  WIOA funds were able to assist with the cost of exams, uniforms and dental kits needed in order for Kimberly to find full-time employment.  In June of 2016, Kimberly found full-time employment with a dentist office.   Gail stated, “Kimberly is truly one of the best WIOA participants that a case manager could have. She was always on time with her time sheets and would always call to let you know if there was any change in her schedule, classes, or anything going on in her life that would affect her attending school. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished!”  *Submitted by NCWorks Career Center – Randolph County

Building Futures – Randolph County

Justin Lackey completed his Associates Degree in Automotive Body Repair from Randolph Community College in May, 2016.


“The Building Futures program was so helpful to me in many ways throughout this process. Without their help, I wouldn’t have had many of the tools to complete my courses in school or do the job I am currently doing now. Thank you for all you do for so many people!”  *Submitted by Justin Lackey- Building Futures Randolph County Participant