This is my third year at IBECHS as Career Development Facilitator.  Prior to 2017, I worked as a school counselor for 22 years at New Hanover High School here in Wilmington. Before that I worked six years as a school counselor in Durham,NC.  My job involves many things including classroom presentations, setting up "lunch and learn" career speakers, and coordinating a career fair as well as summer programs.  I retired in 2013 from New Hanover High School and now work 20 hours a week at IBECHS.  I normally work Wednesday and Thursday and a half day Friday.  I can be reached at extension 210 and my email is

Summer Programs and other opportunities
(arranged by deadlines)


 UNC Chapel Hill Computer Science Open House 2018- Saturday September 8 from 10 am until 1 pm.  Register to attend at      Hands on demos, visit research labs,and talk to current students.

Youth Health Service Corps 2018- engage in training and volunteer projects while acquiring real life health care learning experiences.  1st meeting September 10, 6 to 730 pm at SEAHEC-2511 Delaney Ave.  For more info contact Cyndi Meredith 667-9314

 Youth Leadership Summit 2018- empowering teens to make community change, Sept 29 Saturday 9-3.
UNCW Trask Colliseum, lunch provided.  Contact Allie Reid 617-0742 or go to https:
//    Limited spots!

UNCW Engineering Volunteer positions fall 2018- if you enjoy STEM and working with children, then apply for a position.  Mentor elementary and middle school students on Saturdays this fall. Contact Jasmine Gaston at 962-7137 or  For more info go to


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 2019- Have you made a huge difference by your volunteering?
You could win $1000 and a trip to Washington D.C. Go to or for more info.  November 6 deadline

 Apply to be a Disney Dreamer, Deadline October 31st 
Disney is currently seeking students with a winning combination of attributes. We’re looking for potential Dreamers who reflect strong character, positive attitude and persistence to take advantage of opportunities. Does this sound like someone you know? Read on. We're looking for Dreamers for next year's Disney Dreamers Academy, a program designed to give young people the tools they need to make their dreams come true. Potential Dreamers must be between the ages of 13 and 19, living in the United States and be enrolled in high school, grades 9 through 12, when applying. For more information, click here.   Camp is March 21-24, 2019.

Health Careers Day on the Hill- November 10, 2018, 10 am to 5 pm at UNC Chapel Hill.  $30 per student.  Learn about veterinary medicine at State, UNC Health Sciences, and NCCU's Biomanufacturing  Research Institute. Click on this site to register:  Register by October 20.

LEAD 2018 Pharmacy-learn about pharmacy on November 10 at UNC Chapel Hill from 9 am till 1 pm.
Deadline to register is November 2 at  No cost!

Aviation Open House 2018- November 10, 10 m to 2 pm at 1817 Aviation Drive.  Learn about piloting as a career or as a hobby. 5 lucky winners of a raffle will receive a Discovery flight.  go to for more information.

SPLASH UNC- go to UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday November 10, 2018 to take classes created by UNC students.
Deadline is November 3, $20.  register at

Spring and Summer Programs

Veterinarian Camp at the U of Georgia- accepts 52 current 10th-12th graders for their week long summer program.  Deadline is 1/25/19.  Go to http://vet.uga./academic/vetcamp

 Summer Ventures in Science and Math 2019- for current grade 10 and 11 students.  Free, four week session at four different colleges in NC.  Go to for more info.   Deadline to apply is January 15th.  Applicants should have a keen interest in math and/or science. 

Duke Summer Programs 2019-go here for more info

NCSSM Summer Accelerator- for rising grade 10-12.  Courses can be taken online or in Durham at the School of Science/Math and in Brevard.  Cost is $1900 but financial aid is available.  Applications open December 1 and close March 1,    

 Martha Guy Summer Institute- 3 week summer institute at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  This program is for juniors interested in business  Program dates are July 7-27. and application deadline is 2/28/19 Cost is $2150 but scholarships are available.  More info can be found on the Martha Guy Summer Institute website.

International student summer programs- 4- 6 week programs in many countries. Cost is $5000 to $8000. search ASSE for more info or email

 Military Academies - Academy Day May 4 2019 from 9-12 at CFCC Union Station Center Auditorium.
Reps from Navy,Army,Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine Academies will be available.  

The Shelton Challenge- values based leadership camps.  Camps are in the summer for  6 days and are for students in grades 9-11.  $700 cost but financial aid is possible. register online at  Email address is  There are 4 camps in June and July.  Deadline is June 1.   Locations include NCSU and UNCC.

 Teen Volunteer Summer Program at the Aquarium.-  Students ages 14-17 are encouraged to apply.
Program requires 90 volunteer hours: 10 hours of training plus 8 hours per week from June 10-August 18.
Deadline in April 18, 2018.  Get hands on marine science experience along with educating the public.  
Contact Marissa Blackburn at 910-772-0509 or

 Belmont Abbey College Schola program - one week long sessions, read Great Books, includes a  fantastic recreation program and trip to Charlotte.  For rising 10th and 12th graders, cost is $575.  Go to to apply.

 Volunteer with the Red Cross- call 910-762-2683.  The local chapter is located at 1102 S 16th St.
Go to and click on "Volunteer".

 NC House , Senate and Governor's Page Program- 4 day experience for students aged 15-18 to observe how laws are made. Check out these links:

Open House at NCSU Vet School- Saturday March 30,2019 -  9 am to 3 pm, no registration required.
click here for more info

Open House at NCSU Engineering Dept.  Saturday March 30, 2019  9 am to 2 pm, no registration required.    Click here for more info

Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge-                                         at Wingate, Campbell and 3 other out of state colleges.

CFNC.ORG- Go to, click on "plan for college", then "summer enrichment opportunities".  Over 135 opportunities are listed for NC high school students.  Excellent resource!

 Volunteer Fair- looking to volunteer?  75 non-profits will be in attendance.  Saturday February 2nd from 10 am until 2 pm at the Wilson Center on 3rd street.

 Duke Spring Splash- Saturday March 31, students participate in seminars taught by Duke students, cost is $5 and lunch is provided. Go to   Apply before March 28.

 Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth - week long summer program in New Hampshire for rising 10-12 graders.  March 10 deadline, cost is $2500.  Go to
for more information

 MarineQuest volunteers- looking for half day and full day volunteers in June and July.   Should have an interest in science, enjoy working with kids, and being outdoors. Submit resume and letter of intent to Erin Moran at

 Engineering Expectations at UNCW- work in this program this summer from June 11 to August 3.  Should be interested in engineering and computer science and with working with kids.  Pay is based on experience and certifications.  Apply at 
If you have questions email Katherine Ibbotson at

 National College Fair in Raleigh 2019-

Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 200 colleges, as well as attend workshops on testing, application tips, essay writing and how to finance a college education.


WHAT: Raleigh National College Fair
Raleigh Convention Center
WHEN: Tuesday, March 19th from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

COST: There is no charge to attend

REGISTER: Students are highly encouraged to register online prior to coming to the fair. This enables them to spend more time connecting with representatives and less time waiting to register on site. Additional information about registration can be found HERE 

NCSU Environmental Career Day 2019

Are you a student interested in pursuing an environmental career? Join us to explore the exciting possibilities awaiting you! 

Saturday, March 23
Jordan Hall Addition, NC State University

At this event, you will:
-Engage in hands-on activities related to our majors
-Interact with current students
-Hear from alumni in a variety of environmental professions
-Learn about the NC State admissions process and requirements

You will have the opportunity to choose one of three environmental career tracks for the day: Engineering and Innovation, Field and Outdoors, or General Sustainability.

for more information call Alex Loflin at 919-515-8659 or

 UNCW Engineering Summer Camps - Sports Engineering or Programming and Web Development for ages 15-17.  go to  to register.

UNCW MarineQuest Summer Camps- 4 options for students ages 14-17 from one week to 3 weeks.
Go to to register.

 UNCW STEAM team summer camp 2019- June 22-28 for grades 9-10.  They are looking for under-served populations (female, minorities, low income, 1st generation college) to participate in this free program.  Applicants should be interested in science, technology,engineering, art or math.  Deadline to apply is March 1.  Go here for more info and to apply:     

 NHRMC Junior Volunteer- for ages 14-18, 6 month committment with a total of 50 volunteer hours.  Learn about health careers, participate in educational sessions and do hands-on volunteer work.  Applications open every 3 months, slots fill quickly.  Go to

Youth Entrepreneurship Program 2018- July 14-19 at UNCW, 830am until 330 pm daily.   For grades 9-12, cost is $99 and program is limited to 30 students.  Go to for more info.  Apply asap!!   for students interested in business and the arts