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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.  

Designed to meet middle and high school students where they are, Mini career fairs are hosted in high schools across the five southeastern North Carolina counties to bring healthcare programs and colleges/universities to expose students to various healthcare careers and paths. The fairs feature the “I am the future” selfie board where students dress in white coats, visualizing themselves as the future of rural healthcare in North Carolina.   

If you would like to learn more about Mini career fairs, please reach out to Nicole Cornett, Assistant Director, at 

Picture 1, 2, and 3: Students learning about healthcare career paths at a mini career fair booth. Students visualize their future in our “I am the future” selfie board. Mini Health Career Fair presenters share with students various paths to healthcare careers. The presenters below represent members from James Sprunt Community College, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Cape Fear Community College, and UNC School of Medicine.