By: Crystal Taylor, Lead Career Coach
Industry: Hospitality & Tourism, Retail
Quantez was enrolled into the #NextGen program on August 19, 2019, as a referral from
#UrbanMinistries, where he was residing. Quantez moved to #DurhamNC from Roanoke
Rapids after facing some legal issues and found himself homeless. With all his barriers,
he stays motivated and determined to make steps towards having a positive future.
From the beginning, Quantez had a plan on how to accomplish his goals. He knew that
he wanted to take #carpentry classes at #DurhamTech and needed permanent
employment as well. Quantez never let his background stop him from applying for jobs
and attending job fairs. With that determination, Quantez was able to secure not one
but two jobs! Quantez obtained his first job at Bull City Burger and Brewery on August
24 as a server. Then on September 6, he started full time employment at Lowe’s Home
Improvement as a customer service associate. On September 19, he signed his lease for
his own apartment! The next steps for Quantez will be to enroll in the carpentry program
at Durham Tech for the Fall 2020 semester.