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Colleges of North Carolina Employer Engagement Forum

Take a deep dive into North Carolina labor market insights based on the activities of 18,000 employers in North Carolina recruiting on the Handshake platform.

The panel discussion featured:

  • Dr. Scott Ralls, President, Wake Technical Community College
  • Leslie English, Early Talent Recruiting Lead, Cisco
  • Cierra Ashley Wilson, Assistant Director for Employer Relations, North Carolina Central University
  • Christine Cruzvergara, Chief Education Strategy Officer, Handshake

The panel explored the shifts in employer engagement and recruitment amid a global pandemic (among other broad economic trends), and how these surface in the evolving role of workforce and career readiness in the higher education ecosystem.

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Handshake is the largest early career network in the United States, helping millions of students from all backgrounds get hired and launch their careers with no connections, experience, or luck required. The Handshake community includes 18 million students and young alumni from 1,400 educational institutions including four-year colleges, community colleges, boot camps, and 290+ minority-serving institutions. Its platform connects up-and-coming talent across all 50 states with 650,000+ employers recruiting on Handshake—from every Fortune 500 company to thousands of small businesses, nonprofits, startups, and more.

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