Lunch + Learn

Lunch + Learn: Bridging the Tech Career Workforce Shortage with Military Talent

This event has been canceled, and will be rescheduled at a later date - thank you!

If you are a North Carolina technology industry employer, a veteran or an active service member planning to exit the military and work in the Raleigh-Durham area, then this event is for you!  Learn how military veterans help bridge the IT workforce shortage in North Carolina.

For those transferring out of the military, finding a job in the civilian workplace can be a challenge. WGU North Carolina and the USO of North Carolina are joining together to help local service members and employers bridge the gap. 

Employers will walk away with an understanding of the many ways the military experience translates into careers in information technology management, system administration, network operations and security, software development, cybersecurity, computer science, and data analytics.

Attendees will receive

  • Information about the technology landscape in Raleigh-Durham
  • Career and transition resource information from USO resource officers including resume writing, cover letters interview best practices and more
  • Access to WGU North Carolina staff and alumni to learn more about the university’s undergraduate and degree program offerings and military scholarships 

Learn more about WGU North Carolina by visiting or by calling 866.225.5948. For more information visit

About WGU North Carolina

WGU North Carolina is an online, competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for North Carolina residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.  Degrees are granted under the accreditation of WGU, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).  

About USO of North Carolina
The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S., touching nearly 600,000 lives annually, helping our service members and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. For more information visit

Who Should Attend?

Technology employers, military veterans, service members, and their dependents, as well as those interested in learning about the technology landscape and workforce shortage in NC. 

Date and Agenda

August 16, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm


11:00 am: Opening Remarks
11:20 am: Lunch
11:30 am: Chancellor Catherine Truitt / Introduces Guest
11:35 am: Scholarship announcement by Chancellor Truitt & USO Representative
11:45 am: Panel
12:47 pm: Closing Remarks – Chancellor Truitt
1:00 pm: Adjourn


Bank of America Building
8th Floor Conference Room
4242 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 

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Catherine Truitt, Chancellor – WGU North Carolina

Chancellor Catherine Truitt joined WGU North Carolina after serving as Associate Vice President of University and P–12 Partnerships at UNC General Administration. Catherine and her team worked to strengthen the state’s educator pipeline and provide support for public colleges of education through a “students-first” lens committed to improving educational outcomes for all of North Carolina’s children. Prior to that, Catherine served as Senior Education Advisor to Governor Pat McCrory.

Senator Donald G. Davis and US Air Force, retired – North CarolinaGeneral Assembly

Donald G. Davis represents the Fifth Senatorial District of North Carolina, which consists of Pitt (part), Wayne (part), Lenoir (part) and Greene counties.

Don is a member of the following standing committees: Appropriations on Department of Transportation, Education/Higher Education, Finance, Healthcare, and State and Local Government. He served as the mayor of Snow Hill for seven years. Don served as a member of the East Carolina University Board of Visitors for eight years. He has over 15 years in higher education and served over 8 years active duty in the United States Air Force.

He is a 1994 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences degree. Don graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in general administration and East Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Sociology degree with a concentration in social issues in regional development. He holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree with a concentration in higher education administration from East Carolina University.

Don has completed courses in the Commissioned Lay Pastor program in the Presbyterian Church United States of America through the Presbytery of New Hope. Since 2003, he has provided ministerial support at Saint James Presbyterian Church in Snow Hill. He is married to Yuvonka Shawnte Batts and has three sons--Ryan, Justin and Kyler.

Representative D. Craig Horn – North Carolina General Assembly

Craig Horn, a former Russian linguist with the United States Air Force Security Service, is a retired food broker and businessman. Elected in 2010, Craig is now in his third term in the North Carolina General Assembly representing District 68, Western Union County. Craig is chairman of both the House committee on Appropriations for Education and the House Education Policy Committee for K-12 Education and is the co-chairman of the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. He also serves on a total of eight House committees.

Craig is an Early Learning Fellow at the National Conference of State Legislators. His work in education has resulted in him being dubbed the “Education Legislator” by EdNC, the popular blog that covers education policy across North Carolina. Craig is often called “Representative Churchill” by his legislative colleagues owing to his closeassociation with the Churchill Centre. Craig is president of the Churchill Society of North Carolina and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Churchill Society and the Churchill Centre.

Craig has spoken at the National Conference of State Legislators and the the Emerging Leaders Conference about Sir Winston S. Churchill and his leadership. He alsospoke at the 32nd International Churchill Conference held at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and the nearby Heythrop Park Hotel in England in 2015. Craig and his wife Lorraine live in Weddington, North Carolina, and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.


  • Catherine Truitt, Chancellor – WGU North Carolina
  • Kelli Willoughby, Warrior and Family Program Director - USO of North Carolina
  • Paul Berry, Director of NC Services – USO of North Carolina
  • Danielle Pavliv, CDP - Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, SAS


This event has been canceled, and will be rescheduled at a later date - thank you!

NC TECH Members and non-members can participate in this event. 

The program requires a $10 registration fee to attend (lunch included).  Space is limited to two people per member company/organization, please.  NC TECH reserves the right to cancel your registration if you don't meet the attendee requirements outlined above.

Questions about registration? Contact Mary Smith, Events Manager, at (919) 890-0772.

Fine Print: All registrations to NC TECH events are final and non-refundable.  Refunds will only be offered if the event is canceled.  Registrations are transferable to another qualified guest.  Please contact NC TECH at 919.856.0393 to request such a transfer.


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