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  • Nore Brantley
    High School Career Development Coordinator
    910-864-5438  Ext. 759

  •  Innovative Career Opportunities Now

    Updated:  April 2021

    Because of the pandemic, the ICON Internship Program will not be operating this summer. Many of our business partners are still operating with limited staff onsite.  

    Summer Paid Work Experience is available through the Cumberland County NCWorks NEXTGEN Program for youth and young adults between the ages of 16-24 years. Please contact Niki Davis, Business Service Representative at (910) 486-1010 Ext. 2216 or email at Betty.davis@twohawkworkforce.org for more information.



    The ICON Summer Internship Program allows Cumberland County residents ages 16 -24 to apply and interview to work in paid positions. The funding for the ICON Internship Program is provided by Cumberland County NC Works Career Center, the City of Fayetteville Innovative Career Opportunities Now (ICON) is the Cumberland County Schools’ Career and Technical Education Work-based learning (WBL) program platform. Work-based learning is an educational approach utilizing the workplace to provide students with the competencies and skills that allow them to connect school experiences to real-life work activities through career exploration, exposure to the real workplace, and achievement of work readiness skills.

    Benefits of Work-based Learning

    * Explore possible careers, enhance skill development, and apply academic proficiencies
    * Develop employability skills including positive work habits and attitudes
    * Make connections among school, post-secondary opportunities, and employers.
    * Improve job prospects after graduation
    * Learn from skilled professionals

    Based on occupational goals, students can be placed in one or more of the following programs:

    Career Shadowing involves pairing industry partners with students to share aspects related to careers. It is a one-day exposure to the “real world” of work. Student groups tour facilities to get an idea of what individuals do for a living and learn more about a particular industry.

    INTERNSHIP (paid or unpaid)
    Internships are short-term employment opportunities that are directly related to a student’s pathway. Students use an internship to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, to create a network of contact and to gain valuable work experience.

    For more information about ICON or WBL, contact your high school CTE Facilitator. If you are a business interested in participating in ICON, please contact Nore Brantley at norebrantley@ccs.k12.nc.us.