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Southeastern Rural Vocational Experiences (S.E.R.V.E.) was created in 2022 supported through the Novant Health, UNC Health, and UNC School of Medicine partnership. The programs are led through the UNC Office of Rural Initiatives (ORI) in collaboration with community partners and schools in Southeastern North Carolina to develop a future healthcare workforce through the exposure and connection of pathways for students. Programs reach students across middle school to undergraduate educational spaces and seek to provide engagement and opportunity for students to explore healthcare careers.  

S.E.R.V.E. Health Career Exploration Event is an annual event hosted at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) and rotates high schools in attendance each year to reach students from across five southeastern North Carolina counties (Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender). The event offers students a chance to learn about various healthcare career options and potential pathways to those careers. Students rotate through sessions which feature hands-on activities, speakers, and information from Community Colleges, 4- year institutions, and healthcare professionals.  This program is supported through S.E.R.V.E., Southeastern Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), and CFCC partners.   

If you would like to learn more about the Annual S.E.R.V.E. Health Career Exploration Event, please contact Nicole Cornett, Assistant Director, at 


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Features southeastern high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Pender, and New Hanover Counties participating in small and large groups with leadership speaker Megan Mills presented by SEAHEC. The center photo features Dr. Mary Ellen Naylor, Cape Fear Community College. Dean Health Sciences, UNC School of Medicine medical student speaker Carlos Ramos, UNC Office of Rural Initiatives Program Coordinator Felicia Crawford, and Assistant Director Nicole Cornett.