Success Stories,
Accomplishments & Testimonials

2022 has been an exciting year.  We have been blessed.

Check out below how we are being change agents by providing exposure, career exploration & diversity
in our community.



Gaining Experience

Terri was referred to the NCWorks Career Center by our partners at Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center for employment and training services. After graduating with her master’s degree in criminal studies/cybersecurity in 2018, she could not find employment due to her lack of experience.

She was interested in the Phenomenal Women in STEM apprenticeship program offered by Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center to gain experience in the IT industry. Her goal was to find employment as a Computer User Support Specialist.

Overcoming Obstacles

At the time of Terri’s enrollment with NCWorks, she hadn’t worked a permanent job in over three years. She also struggled to find a computer sufficient for IT-related tasks at home. She believes her greatest barrier to employment was her lack of significant work history or professional experience.

Terri enrolled in the WIOA program for training and employment services. She started the IT apprenticeship program at Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center in April 2021. While participating in the apprenticeship program, she finalized her resume to show her IT-related skills from her master’s program, completed virtual interview preparation, and learned how to write a cover letter email. Terri also received a laptop on loan through GuilfordWorks’ TechBoost grant.

Once Terri completed Phase I of her apprenticeship program, she was invited to participate in a paid work experience at Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center to gain hands-on experience in the IT industry. While in Phase II of her apprenticeship program, Terri received supportive services to cover the cost of professional attire, such as shoes, pants, and polo shirts.

Finding Enjoyment Through Employment

After completing her program with Nehemiah in April 2022, she obtained employment as a Help Desk Technician at The Longleaf Network, earning $20 an hour. Terri hopes to earn further IT certifications as she pursues her career.


The Nehemiah Center is thrilled to be a part of Terri's story.

We wish her the best throughout her I.T. career and future endeavors.


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Triad Business Journal gathered on June 23 to recognize the contributions of this region’s Leaders in Diversity, a group that is championing efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in workplaces, across the community and beyond. This marks the second year of TBJ’s Leaders in Diversity Awards, and this year we’ve added an event component. It’s more important now that ever to recognize successes in this arena, and the individuals leading them, to ensure employers are evaluating DEI’s strategic benefits.

This event, along with a section featuring the winners, will provide access and practical insights on how to move DEI forward in your organization and what those efforts can mean for your operational success. This year’s honorees include five employers from the life sciences, health care, construction and nonprofits sectors, as well as nine individuals working in the financial, health care, legal and philanthropic arenas.




  • Monica Brunache of Bank of America (NYSE: BAC)

  • Carmen Canales of Novant Health

  • William T. Lewis of Willhouse Global

  • Athan Lindsay of Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

  • Buffy Morris of Arch MI

  • Eva Ogden of Pinnacle Financial Partners

  • Dr. Lenny Peters of Bethany Medical

  • Sarah Saint of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

  • Sherri Thomas of Truliant Federal Credit Union



Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion (Public Company)

  • Labcorp (NYSE: LH)


Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion (Private Company)

  • Samet Corp.

  • Bethany Medical


Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion (Nonprofit/Government Agency)

  • Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center

  • Smart Start of Forsyth County

We're just getting started. THE BEST IS YET TO COME!