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Iwork Speaker Series

NC Virtual is now hosting an IworkNCVirtual speaker series to include presentations about career paths and jobs by those working in the field. We feel that it is never too early to start thinking about your future, and we are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths while still in middle or high school.

Sessions focus on a large variety of careers and jobs, but all sessions will cover the following information:

  • Prerequisites & Education: Degrees, Certificates, Trainings, Professional Experience & Resumes
  • Getting the Job: Job Search, Interview Process, Internships, Apprenticeships, Climbing the Ladder
  • Daily Responsibilities (Micro): Job duties, Location, Market Environment
  • Industry Environment (Macro): Industry Trends, Competition

The IworkNCVirtual series will focus on career exploration with guest speakers representing a broad range of career fields in order to inform students of the multitude of career and educational opportunities available to them. Check back after each episode is completed to view the archived episode.



Episode 15: AP Information Session

Join this session with Michelle Lourcey, NCAPP Associate Director, to find out more about the advantages of taking AP classes and how these advanced placement classes can help with College & Career Readiness.

Date: September 15, 2020

Time: 5 PM to 6 PM 

Where: IworkNCVirtual Zoom

Flyer: Advanced Placement Classes 


Episode 16: Career Exploration Tools

Jamie Vaughn, Senior Analyst for Market Intelligence, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and Amy Schroeder, Career Development Consultant with NCDPI, presenting the new NCcareers.org website in Iwork Speaker Series.

Date: September 17, 2020

Time: 10 AM to 11 AM

Where: IworkNCVirtual Zoom

Flyer: Career Exploration Tools


Episode 17: Communication and Public Engagement

Do you ever wonder how communication and public engagement connect? Join us for a Career Connection with Noelle Talley- Deputy Chief of Staff and Matty Lazo-Chadderton- Deputy Director of Outreach for NC Office of the Governor.

Date: September 22, 2020

Time: 11 AM to 12 PM

Where: IworkNCVirtual Zoom

Flyer: Communication and Public Engagement


Episode 18: Project Management and Policy

Are you interested in learning about project management and policy? Join us for a Career Connection with Bailey Recktenwald- Special Assistant to Policy Team Office of the Governor

Date: September 23, 2020

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Where: IworkNCVirtual Zoom

Flyer: Project Management and Policy



Episode 14: Engineering – Designing & Building

Do you love designing and building? Are you interested in learning about architecture and engineering? Join us for a Career Connection with Jeff Roman, Partner Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.

Date Aired: September 14, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 14 Archive Link 

Episode 13: Education and Computer Science

Do you have a passion for education? Are you interested in learning about the importance of computer science and how to serve as a motivational speaker? Join us for a Career Connection with Mary Hemphill Ph.D., the NC Director for K-12 Computer Science.

Date: September 14, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 12 Archive Link

Episode 12: NC Community Colleges & How They Work

Are you interested in learning about NC Community Colleges and how they operate? Join us for Career Connection with Matthew Meyer Ph.D., Associate Vice President Business Engagement, National and International Partnerships NC Community College System.

Date Aired: September 11, 2020

Episode Archive:  Episode 12 Archive Link

Episode 11: Government and Public Engagement

Are you interested in learning more about government and public engagement? Join us for a Career Connection with Jeremy Collins, Director of Community and Citizen Service for NC Office of the Governor, Roy Cooper

Date Aired: September 4, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 11 Archive Link

Episode Transcript: Episode 11 Transcript

Episode 10: Community College Options with CFNC

Brittany Privott, CFNC Representative, join us once again to look at post-high school two-year community college options for careers as well as transfer tips to a four-year program. She will share timely information for students and their families who are affected by loss of income with COVID-19.

Date Aired: May 26, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 10 Archive Link

Episode 9: Architecture and Engineering the Design of a Building 

Want to learn more about architecture and design careers? Jeff Roman, Engineer, & Shana Hetherington, Architect, from Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, will join our IworkNCVirtual Speaker Series to share about their work and careers in this field. The topic is Architecture and Engineering – The Design of Building.

Date Aired: May 22, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 9 Archive Link

Episode 8: Amy Denton – CFNC

Wishing you could go on a college tour during Spring 2020? Not happening this spring, but you can do the next best thing – go virtually! Amy Denton, our 252 CFNC Regional Rep, will share how you can take that trip from your couch. Find this great feature at the College Foundation of NC website as well as learn more about the College Redirection Pool, and some Student Enrichment Programs. You are sure to find out some great information! 

Date Aired: April 30, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 8 Archive Link

Episode 7: Brittany Privott – CFNC

With some time in your week with our Stay at Home learning, you will want to be thinking about how you can prepare for your future educational endeavors. Join CFNC Representative Brittany Privott as she discusses Getting Ready for College, Essay & Application Tips plus how you can prepare for senior year as a freshman, sophomore or junior to take some of the stress away. Preparation is the key, and Ms. Privott shares how you can work toward that goal.

Date Aired: April 23, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 7 Archive Link

Episode 6: Timeka Ruffin – CFNC

As students get ready to take their next steps, it is a great time to learn more about the financial side of education. Join CFNC Representative Timeka Ruffin as she shares some financial tips and ways that you can find funding to make your post-high school education possible

Date Aired: April 9, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 6 Archive Link

Episode 5: Marlene Mueller – Biotechnology

Do you have an interest in biotechnology and how it can be used? We are excited to have Marlene Mueller present to us about her work as the Commercial Yeast Business Lead for Novozymes North America. Novozymes has a biotech company in Franklinton, NC. You are sure to find out some awesome things in this wonderful presentation. 

Date Aired: February 25, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 5 Archive Link

Episode 4: Herman Hall – Real Estate Industry

NC Virtual’s own Senor Herman Hall joins us as an entrepreneur and real estate industry career speaker. He shares information on real estate topics, which include tax advantages, cash flow, appreciation, how real estate loans work, and how to analyze real estate deals. See real world math application skills and how you can use them in this career.

Date Aired: February 20, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 4 Archive Link

Episode 3: Tyler McGraw – Software Engineer

Tyler has been developing mobile and web applications for ten years, and his resume is impressive! Applications that he’s built include an augments reality app for the New Orleans Saints, a surfing app that uses wave data from ocean buoys, and a tool library app for a multi-billion dollar construction company.

Tyler currently works remotely from home in Winston Salem as a software engineer for a New York-based startup called Extend.
He has volunteered for Code.org for over 6 years, and he wants to encourage younger students to get into coding. He never had the chance until he went to college.

Date Aired: January 30, 2020

Episode Archive: Episode 3 Archive Link

Episode 2: Paying for College

Understanding financial aid and ways to pay for college. Presented by College Foundation of North Carolina. Helping you plan, apply and pay for college – a free service of the state! Topics included financial aid basic, college costs, applying for financial aid, other ways to pay for college, eligibility for financial aid, scholarships, Grants, Work-Study, Loans, and CFNC tools and materials.

Date Aired: December 11, 2019

Episode Archive: Episode 2 Archive Link

Episode 1: Finding Yourself and Your Future!

Laura Misner from the College Foundation of North Carolina will kick off the Iwork@NCVirtual speaker series with her informative and engaging presentation of career interests and exploration titled, “Finding Yourself and Your Future.” Topics included: Learn about Yourself, Free interest & personality assessments, See the hottest careers in North Carolina, Understand different types of colleges, Find the RIGHT college for you, Explore programs and major, and Free resources and material on CFNC.

Date Aired: November 25, 2019

Episode Archive: Episode 1 Archive Link