ECWDB Success Stories

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Beth Henry

Beth Found her Career through Craven NCWorks

Beth Henry : Adult Success Story

Beth Henry began working with a partner agency, Coastal Community Action, at the NCWorks Career Center in Craven County in August of 2020 as a CARES NC Case Manager. She was initially seeking an opportunity that would allow her to gain more experience and knowledge in Human Services. Beth worked full-time while also attending Lenoir Community College to earn her degree in Human Service Technology and a Certificate in Substance Abuse. She graduated with Honors and began to dive deeper into seeking other employment because her contract with them was soon coming to an end. She had tried for many years, since 2018, to get on with the Craven County Department of Social Services. She was getting discouraged because she was not having any success. She was not getting any interviews but continued to submit applications with the hope of securing employment. Her passion has always been to help families in the community and an advocate for the less fortunate. She has always believed that helping individuals in turn helps the communities.

She decided to get some help with her resume and application that she was preparing to submit. She had tried it her way and wasn’t successful and so she decided to reach out to Mr. Eric Cedars at NCWorks.  Although, she had referred many of her clients to NCWorks, she had not actively pursued the help she needed with her own resume and application with Craven County Department of Social Services. She decided to take her own advice and she brought a copy of it to Eric Cedars, a Career Advisor in Craven County. The worked on the resume together and Eric suggested some improvements.

Beth soon put in an application for DSS. This time, things were different. She got an interview. She knew that once she got the interview that she would be able to close the deal. After a second interview, she got the job that she so wanted. She is very thankful for the help that she received.

Her current job title is Transportation Coordinator, Processing Assistant IV. She believes that trusting a professional Career Advisor to critique her resume showed her a different prospective of what employers are looking for.

“The honest advice and recommendations of Mr. Cedars made all the difference. I highly recommend Craven County NCWorks to anyone seeking advice on resumes, applications, interviewing tips, etc. The NCWorks Career Center also hosts job fairs, facilitates workshops, and so much more. I wholeheartedly believe that I secured my current career because of the help of Craven NCWorks,” Beth told NCWorks.

Source: NCWorks Craven County

Trenton Carmon

NCWorks Helped a Marine Veteran find Work

Trenton Carmon : Veteran Success Story

Trenton Carmon, a Marine Veteran, registered with NCWorks on January 18, 2022 as a Veteran with barriers to employment. Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist Janet Buck received a notification that a Veteran with SBEs registered with NCWorks. She immediately sent him a “Welcome to NCWorks” email advising him of all the services our center has to offer. After receiving DVOP Janet Buck‘s, Welcome to NCWorks Veteran Services’ email, Trenton contacted her the next day to schedule an appointment with Janet.

During the appointment, Janet and Trenton worked on his NCWorks profile and background information, created a resume, and reviewed available positions available in the local area. With new opportunities available, he expressed interest in logistics. Over the course of the next few weeks, Janet provided guidance and assistance as Trenton applied for positions and they worked on interviewing skills. During one of their appointments, they discovered a job posting on NCWorks – Associate with Postal Annex. Janet referred Trenton, he went to Postal Annex that day and was hired on February 14. Congratulations Trenton!

We are proud of our NCWorks Craven’s DVOPS who work with military Veterans everyday with barriers to employment to give them a “Hand Up.” Great work Janet!  

Source: NCWorks Craven County


Graduated and Ready for the Next Step

Shawn : NextGen Youth Success Story

Shawn was not expecting a graduation, but he was more than excited! With a little help from NextGen’s Site Supervisor – Mrs. Kelly – the tassel was placed and ready to be flipped!

Already equipped with experience in HVAC, Shawn showed great interest in the credentialing and work experience offered by the program.

Coming this Spring, Shawn’s next step will be to attend classes related to HVAC technology. Work experience is also on the radar for this promising young man!

Source: Eckerd Connects


Craven’s first NextGen GED Graduate

Rachel : NextGen Youth Success Story

Rachel is Craven’s first NextGen GED graduate. What a beautiful day it was for a graduation celebration! Classmates even joined the NextGen team on the lawn to show their excitement for her achievement.

With so many interests and passions, Rachel will be participating in a work experience like no other. Through this work experience, she will be able to cultivate a wide range of skills and develop the ability to put those skills to work!

Once she finds her niche, Rachel will be furthering her potential by continuing her education.

Source: Eckerd Connects


Janet Landed a Job with the Assistance of Craven NCWorks

Janet : Adult Success Story

Janet is a Veteran who was unemployed during the summer of 2021, and Career Advisor Taylor Lee in New Bern contacted her for a virtual appointment. Taylor thoroughly updated her NCWorks profile, as is the custom in the New Bern office, and encouraged her in her efforts owing to her extensive skills. As part of the registration process, Taylor made a resume for her and emailed it to her that same day.

When a vacancy for the SBE Veterans/JVSG position came open in the New Bern NCWorks office, Janet decided to apply for it and was thrilled to get an interview for the position.

When Janet was hired and reported to work her first day, she was able to meet Taylor in person: not as an applicant, but as a new coworker. Janet then told Taylor that she was appreciative of his efforts, kind words and support, and that she used the resume he had made for her when she reported to her interview.

Janet and Taylor are glad to be working in the same office and can assist each other every day. They are both passionate about helping their customers and look forward to working together to help their clients in the days to come. Janet is pleased that she can help others, in the same way that she was assisted.

Source: Craven NCWorks Career Center

Makayla Gaitan

Carteret Community College Graduate, Makayla Gaitan, Received the Governor's Award of Distinction

Makayla Gaitan : Youth Success Story

After receiving her high school diploma through the Carteret Community College Adult High School, Gaitan pursued her college degree and entered the Human Services Technology program at Carteret CC, during which she worked as a WIOA student worker as the College’s Retention and Counseling Services Assistant.

“I owe a lot to Carteret Community College and the WIOA program,” said Gaitan. “To be recognized for doing my job and pursuing my passion of helping others is such a great feeling. I know I am on the right career path and to have that recognized gives me indescribable joy.”

In May 2021, Gaitan graduated with her Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Human Services Technology from Carteret Community College and is now pursing her bachelor’s degree at Lees-McRae College. She hopes to pursue her master’s and possibly her doctorate.

“I am continuing to work with and for people while preparing for a future career as a therapist,” said Gaitan. “But no matter what, as long as I am able to help others, I will be happy.”

Makayla Gaitan, Carteret Community College graduate, is the recipient of the 2021 Governor’s NC Works Award of Distinction in the category of Outstanding Young Adult. The award recognizes young adults who have been involved in a publicly funded NC workforce service or program and have demonstrated exceptional achievement to attain career-related goals. Gaitan participated in the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth program through the Carteret NCWorks Career Center.

“The WIOA program and the NCWorks staff are extremely proud of Makayla’s accomplishment,” said WIOA Youth Program Coordinator Merianne Grigoriciuc. “She has demonstrated academic, personal and professional perseverance throughout her time in the WIOA program and has exemplified professionalism, empathy and quality customer service in each of her work experiences and internships. Makayla’s dedication to help others and serve her community are the qualities that make her deserving of the Governor’s NCWorks Award of Distinction.”

Source: Carteret Community College

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