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 North Carolina Business Committee for Education and the NC Virtual Public School are proud to introduce our new NC Career Connections speaker series!
NC Career Connections is a new initiative that we are providing to help students explore various career options that are available to them to learn about jobs and careers from professionals across NC. Please join us for this new virtual career exploration program about industries, career paths, job functions, and career pathways.
Check back after each episode is completed to view the archived episode.
NC State’s Data Science Program
Are you interested in the field of Data Science? Are you wondering what Data Science is? Are you curious about what jobs you can do with a Masters Degree in this field? If so, join us for a session with Valerie Schwartz, Head of Admissions for the Institute of Advanced Analytics.
Date: Thursday, November 11
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: IworkNCVirtual Zoom
Russian Flagship Program: Creating Global Professionals
Are you interested in pursuing foreign language study in college or studying abroad? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? If so, join us for a session with Meredith Doubleday, Assistant Director of
the Russian Flagship Program and Russian language
instructor at UNC Chapel Hill.
Date: Monday, November 15
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: IworkNCVirtual Zoom
Are you looking for a way to pay for college? Are you a junior or a senior? If so, join us for a session with Michelle Lourcey. Mrs. Lourcey is the Associate Director of the NC Advanced Placement Partnership and will provide lots of scholarship opportunities!
Date: Tuesday, November 16
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: IworkNCVirtual Zoom
Flyer: Scholarship Opportunities
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|Career Exploration||11/25/2019||Finding Yourself and Your Future!|
Laura Misner from the College Foundation of North Carolina will kick off the IworkNCVirtual speaker series with her informative and engaging presentation of career interests and exploration. 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.
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|College Options||12/11/2019||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.
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|Science, Technology, Engineering and Math||1/30/2020||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 augmented 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.
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||1/30/2020||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.
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||2/25/2020||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.
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|Career Exploration||4/9/2020||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.
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|College Options||4/23/2020||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.
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|College Options||4/30/2020||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!
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|Architecture and Construction||5/22/2020||Architecture and Engineering – The Design of 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.
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|College Options||5/26/2020||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.
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|Government and Public Administration||9/4/2020||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.
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|College Options||9/11/2020||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.
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|Information Technology||9/14/2020||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.
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|Architecture and Construction||9/14/2020||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.
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|Test Prep, AP Course Information||9/15/2020||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.
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|Career Exploration||9/17/2020||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.
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|Communications||9/22/2020||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.
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|Government and Public Administration||9/23/2020||Project Management and Policy|
Are you interested in learning about project management and public policy? Join us for a Career Connection with Bailey Recktenwald, Special Assistant to Policy Team for the NC Office of the Governor.
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|Manufacturing||10/13/2020||Manufacturing and Energy Efficiency|
Are you interested in learning more about manufacturing and energy efficiency? Join us for a Career Connection with Alex Lowrie. Alex serves as Energy Engineer, Center for Building Performance at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.
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|Test Prep, AP Course Information||10/13/2020||
SAT Preparation and College Search|
Is college right around the corner? Are you interested in learning tips/strategies for admittance? Join Michelle Lourcey – Using SAT Preparation and College Search to prepare for your future.
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Human Resource (HR) Leaders|
Do you want to know how HR leaders make companies succeed and help employees along the way? Join us for a Career Connection with Lori Dorcik, HR Director for the North America Region at Burkert USA Corp.
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|Architecture and Construction||10/15/2020||
Designs, Buildings, & Apprenticeships|
Do you love designing and building? Are you interested in learning about apprenticeships that can shape your future? Join us for a Career Connection with Thomas Ray, Apprentice Lead for Groninger USA.
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Power Systems and Industry|
Are you interested in learning about power systems or how various industries use power systems to function? Or how to become the CEO of a large company? Join us for a Career Connection with Arlissa Vaughn, Chief Executive Officer of Aegis Power Systems. Inc.
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Community College Options
Have you thought about the community college path to find a career or to get your associate’s degree and then transfer to a four-year school? Join us for a Career Connection with RaSheeda Waddell to find out more. RaSheeda serves as a Student Success Advisor at Pitt Community College.
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Manufacturing: Plastic Use & Distribution in NC
Are you curious about the exciting world of manufacturing and the importance of plastic uses and distribution around North Carolina? Join us for a Career Connection with Josh Cox. Josh serves as the Operations Manager for United Plastics Corporation.
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|Science, Technology, Engineering and Math||10/21/2020||
Morehead Science Planetarium: Diversity & Inclusion
Are you interested in learning about The Morehead Science Planetarium and its diversity and inclusion initiatives? Ms. Crystal Harden oversees programs such as The North Carolina Science Festival, outreach, and onsite programming. Join us for a Career Connection with Crystal Harden-Director of Program and Strategic Partnerships.
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|Business, Management and Administration||10/23/2020||
Business Solutions and Programs|
Do you ever wonder how organizations develop solutions and programs that align human capital with business objectives? Join us for a Career Connection with Diana Raygor. Diana is the talent acquisition & development director for Glen Raven, Inc.
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Health Care and Social Advocacy
Do you have an interest in healthcare, public health, and advocacy? Join us for a Career Connection with Michael Denning, MBA, MPH. Michael is a medical student at East Carolina University. He will share his mission to serve the underserved, especially rural and minority communities and children.
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|Government and Public Administration||11/09/2020||
Best Practices in the Workforce
Are you curious about long-range planning, board policy, and strategy support while providing data analysis? Join us for a Career Connection with Jade Manley, MPA. Jade is the Director of the NCWorks Local Innovation Committee.
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Home & Hospice Care in North Carolina
Are you interested in learning about home health care options in North Carolina? Join us for a Career Connection with Kathie Smith. Kathie has been with the Association for Home and Hospice Care of NC (AHHC of NC) since 2004 and is currently serving as the VP of Home Care and State Relations.
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||11/12/2020||
Product Brand Strategy
Have you ever thought about the strategies involved in creating a brand? How does a product get on the market? Join us for a Career Connection with Laura Hernandez. Laura is a product brand strategist within the Optum family in Austin, TX.
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Language & Culture – Creating Global Professionals
How can the Russian Flagship Program help students achieve their future professional goals? What advantages do global professionals gain in cultural programs? Join us for a Career Connection with Meredith Doubleday. Meredith is the Assistant Director of the Russian Flagship Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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|Science, Technology, Engineering and Math||11/18/2020||
STEM Community Building
Would you like to learn more about building a STEM Community? Join us for a Career Connection with Dr. Sarah Windsor. Dr. Windsor is a STEM community builder. She most recently served as the Director of STEM RTP, the STEM education initiative of the Research Triangle Foundation. STEM RTP works to increase access to and understanding of the STEM fields to underserved populations, specifically girls, students from low-income backgrounds, and underrepresented minorities.
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|Science, Technology, Engineering and Math||11/20/2020||
STEM Programs and Development|
Are you interested in STEM initiatives and developing partnerships? How can you create a viable STEM program? Join us for a Career Connection with Darrell Kain. Darrell is a development officer for a K-12 STEM program at NC State University.
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|Education and Training||12/08/2020||
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a teacher and how teaching internships and teacher recruitment happen? Join us for a Career Connection with Mark Townley. Mark is the Kenan Fellows Program Manager for Teacher Leadership at NC State University.
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|Government and Public Administration, Hospitality and Tourism||12/17/2020||
Project Management and Event Coordination in the Governor’s Office|
Join us for a Career Connection with Toya Crichlow. In her role as a Special Assistant, she serves in the Office of Governor Roy Cooper where she provides expertise in project management and event coordination while serving as a liaison between the Governor’s Office and bodies, such as Cabinet Members and the Council of State.
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What does it take to excel in the world of finance? Join us for a Career Connection with Angela Adkins. Ms. Adkins holds a Masters of Public Administration from NCCU and is a Business Analyst for a top professional services firm.
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|Education and Training||01/21/2021||
Behind the scenes with a middle school principal.|
Join us for a Career Connection with Deborah Brown, Associate Director at The Exploris School in Raleigh, NC. Ms. Brown will answer questions about career choices, education and experience needed, and what a day-in-the-life is like for a middle school principal.
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Information Technology: Software Engineer|
Join us for a Career Connection with Ian Parks. Mr. Parks is a military veteran who has served five years in the United States Air Force. He’s currently a software engineer at IBM but makes time to work with teenagers within his community through his own non-profit organization, After School Special, to help teens reach their full potential in life.
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Family and Children Services|
Join us for a Career Connection with Dr. Rhonda Paul. Dr. Paul serves as an Education Specialist with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the growth and development of child welfare workers and social work students through planning, developing, coordinating informative workshops, programs, community events, course interactions, and innovative technology use.
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1st Year Medical Student|
Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to succeed in medical school? Join us for a Career Connection with Ahoua Dembele, first-year medical student and mother of 2 from West Africa. Mrs. Dembele moved to the US in 2011 knowing no English. Connect with us and hear her story.
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Find Your Zest|
Are you interested in finding your zest, your passion, your best life? Are you interested in consulting work for non-profit and for-profit businesses? Join us for a Career Connection with Bettie Murchison, Founder and CEO of OasisTraining and Consulting.
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Paying for College
CFNC representatives Amy Denton, Brittany Privott, and Timeka Ruffin, will share important aspects of resources that you can use to pay for college. Topics Will Include: Financial aid basics College costs Applying for financial aid Other ways to pay for college Eligibility for financial aid Scholarships, Grants, Work-Study, Loans CFNC tools and materials Presented by College Foundation of North Carolina. Helping you plan, apply and pay for college – a free service of the state!
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|Education and Training||02/11/2021||
How to work in education without becoming a teacher.
Students know about school-based careers in education because they see and interact with teachers, counselors, principals, and sports coaches every day. But the education industry includes so much more. Start your own education business. Join a giant education corporation. Launch a nonprofit. All are possible in the field of education. Let’s explore with Dan Gonzalez!
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|Education and Training||02/12/2021||
A Peek Into the Job of a STEM Educator
Are you interested in how STEM courses are designed to help elementary students understand and enjoy math and science concepts? Are you interested in how teachers receive grant money? Join us for a Career Connection with Tomika Altman, K-5 Math/Science Specialist/Interventionist.
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|Education and Training||03/01/2021||
An Entrepreneur Who Started a Non-Profit
Many people don't think of non-profit founders as entrepreneurs, but they are! Join this session to learn more about the journey of entrepreneur and co-founder of District C, Anne Jones. District C is a non-profit that is now gaining national attention in workforce development and team-based internship experiences.
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||3/10/2021||
Teen Marketing Content Creator
Are you interested in learning more about the process involved in marketing a business through the internet? Join us for a Career Connection with Cierra Smith, Marketing Content Creator for Pingster Corp. and she is only 17-years old!
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||3/24/2021||
Managing Account Management
This session will provide insight into recruiting-related and sales-related professions that focus not only on account management but also talent management, business development, and client success. Interested? Join us for “Managing Account Management” with Candice Miles of TEKsystems, Inc.
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||3/31/2021||
Ever wonder if you could start a business in your teen years? Layla Quick did just that. She began a lemonade business that has grown from serving her beverage only at events to now seeing her product on grocery store shelves! Interested? Curious? Join us for “OMG Enterprise” with Layla Quick
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||4/21/2021||
Driving Your Dreams Home
Need some inspiration and direction on how to start your own business right now, while you are still a student? Curious about how to get a podcast going? Want advice on how to juggle it all? If so, join us for a session with Dymon Blango, a junior at East Carolina University who owns a tutoring business, Elera’s Learners, and hosts the podcast “Says the Brown Girl”.
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|Marketing, Sales and Service||4/22/2021||
Does your age really matter if you have the passion and grit to start your own business? Manuhe Abebe wants to inform you of the many work opportunities available to you right now while you are still in high school. Interested? Curious? Join us for “Entrepreneur Hustle” with Manuhe Abebe.
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|Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||4/28/2021||
Career Opportunities in Camp and Environmental Education
Are you looking for employment for this summer? Do you enjoy spending time in nature and the outdoors? Join the North Carolina 4-H Camping Team at NC State University to learn more about career opportunities within the camping and environmental education industry.
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|Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security||4/30/2021||
Life of an Urban Lawyer: Chicano Edition
Are you interested in the legal profession? Are you curious about the level of diversity in the field? If so, join us for a session with Jay Garcia. He wants to share that "Despite your upbringing, your past does not define you. You can still be a business professional." He will share his journey to becoming a lawyer.
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Careers in Counseling Psychology
Are you considering a career in the field of Psychology? Do you want to help others on the path toward good mental health? Michael Hayes is National Certified Counselor, an NC Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and has 2 degrees from Wake Forest University. Join us to see if a career in Clinical Psychology might be the right fit for you!
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|Hospitality and Tourism||5/18/2021||
Are you interested in a career that works to preserve historic sites? Are you wondering how tourism can be encouraged while also maintaining the authenticity of the structures and the space? Are you curious about the lives of the Moravians of Old Salem? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, join us for a session with Lola Culler, artist and connoisseur on Old Salem’s history.
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The Importance of Career Planning
Are you interested in a career in Financial Planning? Are you passionate about building a better community? Are you wondering what you can do now to start planning for your career? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, join us for a session with Deja Foster. As a Certified Financial Planner, she follows her passion of working to bridge the education gap for persons of color in Memphis.
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What to Expect Senior Year
Are you heading into your Senior Year with lots of questions? Are you puzzled about how to apply to college and how Common App works? Do you need information on scholarships and financial aid? Maybe you just don’t know what to expect. If so, join us for a session with four current college students and a guidance counselor. They will answer your questions and offer tips and advice.
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|Government and Public Administration||9/23/2021||
A Career in Politics|
Are you interested in a career in politics or just curious about how campaigns work and how organizations grab the attention of lawmakers? If so, join us for a session with William Walwik who has a wide range of experience working on campaigns and serving as a lobbyist.
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|Test Prep, AP Course Information||9/29/2021||
All Things AP|
Are you new to Advanced Placement (AP) courses or wondering how you can utilize the tools on the College Board’s website more effectively? If so, join us for a session with Michelle Lourcey. Mrs. Lourcey is the Associate Director of the NC Advanced Placement Partnership and will answer all your questions about AP!
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NC Public Universities|
Are you interested in attending one of North Carolina’s public universities? Do you need some tips on the application process or help narrowing down your college of choice? If so, join us for a session with admissions officers from some of NC’s public colleges and universities. They will share valuable information and answer all of your questions.
|Representatives from UNCW, Fayetteville State, UNC-C, Appalachian State University, NCSU||View (opens in new tab)|
NC Private Universities|
Are you interested in attending one of North Carolina’s private universities? Do you need some tips on the application process or help narrowing down your college of choice? If so, join us for a session with admissions officers from some of NC’s private colleges and universities. They will share valuable information and answer all of your questions.
|Representatives from Davidson, Duke, Meredith, and a private consultant||View (opens in new tab)|
NC Community Colleges and Technical Schools|
Are you interested in attending one of North Carolina’s community or technical colleges? Do you need some tips on the application process or help narrowing down your college of choice? If so, join us for a session with admissions officers from some of NC’s community and technical colleges and universities. They will share valuable information and answer all of your questions.
|Representatives from Cape Fear, Pitt, and Davidson-Davie||View (opens in new tab)|
Are you interested in attending one of North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges or Universities? Do you need some tips on the application process or help narrowing down your college of choice? If so, join us for a session with admissions officers from some of NC’s HBCUs. They will share valuable information and answer all of your questions.
|Representatives from Fayetteville State, NCCU, NC A&T||View (opens in new tab)|