Success Story:
Samantha Finds Financial Stability and a New Career

Telamon Corporation - Samantha Finds Financial Stability and a New CareerSamantha, North Carolina

In 2015, Samantha was looking for new job opportunities, but as a seasonal farmworker without a high school diploma, she felt stuck. A single mom, she wanted more financial stability for her and her teenage son, and she wanted to transition off public assistance.

A family friend suggested she contact Telamon-TRC for help. At Telamon-TRC Samantha met with a workforce development specialist to discuss her educational and career goals and she completed the O*Net Career Interest Profiler to help identify careers that would fit her interests.

After completing the assessment, a career in the food service industry was identified as a good fit for Samantha.  First though, Samantha’s workforce development specialist recommended she obtain her high school diploma. After successfully doing so, Samantha enrolled at Robeson Community College (NC), eventually graduating with an associates of applied science degree in culinary arts. In addition to helping Samantha reach her educational and career goals, she also received guidance on budgeting and finance, helping her with past due utility bills and weekly transportation costs.

“Telamon’s support, guidance, and encouragement have allowed me to achieve my career goal.”

Today, Samantha is employed as a cook making $9.50 per hour at University of North Carolina Pembroke, by Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company. Samantha is grateful that she found Telamon-TRC to help her find permanent employment and achieve financial stability.


Since 1965 Telamon-TRC has helped individuals like you access services that lead to better jobs, better lives, and better communities. Our Workforce & Career Services program encompasses a broad array of customized work readiness and job skill training programs, focusing on helping farmworkers, veterans, and youth who seek to build skills and career paths. Work readiness and job skill development is often supplemented by language services (ESL), educational support (GED) and includes one-on-one counseling, group workshops and supportive services. Find a Workforce & Career Services program near you today.