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Nettie Baugher holds a watermelon in the field.

Jul 19, 2021

Nettie Baugher Gets Hands-on with Horticulture Research

For Nettie Baugher, NC State’s online Master of Horticultural Science program offered the best of both worlds.  Baugher’s undergraduate degree is in horticulture, and she currently works in horticulture as a commercial horticulture area agent for Gates, Chowan, and Perquimans Counties with NC Cooperative Extension. When it came time to choose a graduate program, she decided… 

Max Alff.

Jun 17, 2021

Max Alff Nurtures a Passion for Plants

When Max Alff graduated high school, he didn’t initially plan to study for much longer. He enrolled in the NC State Agricultural Institute for Ornamentals and Landscape Technology, planning to get his associate degree and get out into the workforce. “I enjoy working in the landscape industry and didn’t want to spend more than two years… 

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May 17, 2021

Graduate Returns to His Roots in the Online Master of Animal Science

When Dillon Mellick graduated from Coe College in 2011 with a degree in biology, he was not quite sure where he wanted to take his career. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, he joined Kemin Industries as a quality assurance auditor, but he always felt pulled back to science. Fortunately, Kemin had an open marketing and… 

Kira Sims.

May 5, 2021

Cultivating Balance in Online Courses

This article was written by Elizabeth Porter and published by Lily Fandel.  You wouldn’t expect to learn how to juggle in NC State’s Ph.D. of Horticultural Science program, but for Kira Sims, that was the case. “If someone asked me if I can juggle, I could say ‘yes!’ –– if juggling the work-life balance counts,” she… 

American flag waves in the Fall breeze next to the Belltower

May 5, 2021

Active Duty Animal Science: Olivia Jones Pursues Her Passion

Olivia Jones completed the online Master of Animal Science while working as an active duty Air Force officer. 

Student works on laptop

Mar 10, 2021

YFCS March Blog: Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

In the March YFCS blog post, Graduate Certificate Coordinator Deidra Craig shares tips on how to write an insightful personal statement for the YFCS program that helps your application shine. 

Nov 30, 2020

Online Graduate Student Uses Her Degree to Guide Families and Build Connections

Jennifer Vazquez is a fall 2020 graduate with a dedication to helping families and building connections through her degree in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences. 

Nov 30, 2020

Online Graduate Found Inspiration at NC State to Expand the Reach of Her Work

Lauren Nolley shares her story as a student at NC State as she prepares to graduate from the nutrition program. Nolley plans to use her degree to help alleviate the effects of food insecurity. 

Jonathan Stephens stands in the end zone at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Nov 13, 2020

Engineering a New Path: Online Graduate Student Reflects on Career Change

For Jonathan Stephens, a graduate degree from NC State Online meant making a career change and landing his dream job with the Wolfpack. Now the soon to be Master of Biological and Agricultural Engineering graduate is sharing his journey to earning his degree. 

Kendra Dowen is pictured with four students. One student is holding a child.

Oct 22, 2020

October YFCS Blog: Mobilizing Your Social Capital To Benefit The Youth

The Youth, Family, and Community Sciences graduate program publishes a monthly blog written by students and alumni sharing important topics and helpful resources related to the field of family science. The October blog post, written by Kendra Dowen, highlights the importance of mentoring and using your own networks to help youth increase their own social capital.