Fall 2020 was unlike any other semester at NC State. Online learning, hybrid teaching and modified schedules are just a few of the many changes that much of the NC State community continued to adapt to. Like the spring, COVID-19 kept us physically distanced and digitally connected.
No one was better prepared for this semester than the graduating class of the Online Pack. For years, NC State Online and Distance Education students have been plugged into their studies from across the country and around the world, preparing to transform their careers and make a difference in their communities. Their skills and expertise are needed now more than ever as we heal, rebuild and plan for a better future.
We caught up with graduates from a variety of degree and certificate programs to learn more about their journeys up until this point and where the future may take them. New jobs, long nights, quarantines and cross-country moves are just some of the events our nontraditional students balanced this semester as they worked to finish their degrees.
The graduates provided some advice for other working professionals who may be thinking about continuing their education or launching a new career.
Check out the stories below organized by college. Congratulations to #NCState20 and our Online Pack!
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Rasha Abdullah: YFCS Grad Hopes to ‘Fill Gaps’ in Youth Policies in UAE
- Lauren Nolley: Online Graduate Found Inspiration at NC State to Expand the Reach of Her Work
- Jonathan Stephens: Engineering a New Path: Online Graduate Student Reflects on Career Change
- Jennifer Vasquez: Online Graduate Student Uses Her Degree to Guide Families and Build Connections
College of Education
Poole College of Management
- Gadeer Alzabit: Fall Graduate Found Flexibility in the Jenkins Professional Evening MBA
- Patrick Bean, Rachel Landrove, John Payne, Beth Singley: Jenkins Professional Online MBA Opens Doors for Fall 2020 Graduates
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- William Johnson, Juliane Kilcoyne, Jennifer McNeely: Leadership in the Public Sector Graduates Forge New Career Paths
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