Success Stories

“Sometimes hard to work with and hard work create successful students.”– Jennifer Pierce was invited to give the valedictorian speech at Roanoke Chowan Community College on May 11, 2012.
Jennifer Pierce, a highly motivated and very demanding NWDB participant, graduated from Roanoke Chowan Community College with a 4.0 GPA, receiving an Associates Degree in Applied Science – Computer Engineering Technology, a Certificate in CIS Operating Systems and a Certificate in CIS Web Security. Jennifer also was elected to the 2012 “Who’s Who Amoung Students in American Univerisites & Colleges” in recognition of her outstanding merit and accomplishments.
New Job-Career Success Story - Lisa Barcus“The WIA program has helped me to achieve my professional goals and to get a job in the career of my choice.  It has been a blessing to have help with transportation to school, school tuition, and childcare.   And the support from my worker helped to pave the way for a brighter future for me and my family.”— Lisa Barcus, Cosmetologist, All Dolled Up SalonLisa, a single mother of two, contacted NWDB after hearing about it from a friend.  Having gone through a string of unsteady jobs, Lisa wanted the stability of a career she could enjoy while being able to provide for herself and her 2 children.  She decided to make Cosmetology her career choice.  NWDB was able to meet Lisa’s motivation and determination with assistance with expenses of obtaining her Cosmetology degree at College of the Albemarle beginning in the Spring of 2010.  Lisa worked hard while attending COA, as evidence by her landing on the Dean’s list in Spring 2010 and President’s list Spring 2011.  Lisa received her diploma in Spring 2011, worked as an apprentice and was able to obtain her license by Fall 2011.  Today, Lisa maintains full time employment as a Cosmetologist at All Dolled Up Salon in Elizabeth City, NC.  Her progress is evident as she enjoys a growing clientele.  The salon owner states that Lisa is “motivated”, “amazing”, and “a big asset to the business.”