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Technology to Do List for New County Extension Employees

  1. Find out who your county computer contact(s) and Information Management Agent are. They can help with all the rest of these tasks.
  2. Learn your Unity ID and password. Your Unity ID is your passport into most of the NC State and Cooperative Extension applications.
  3. Change your unity password and update your remote identification questions.
  4. Enroll in Google and University two factor authentication. New employees have 30 days from their first login.
  5. Change your Mac password (if using a county mac system)
  6. If using an EIT Supported Mac, contact the EIT Help Desk at (919) 513-7000 to start the file backup system.
  7. Your county computer contact will request an NC State email alias for you. NC State email aliases are usually “your_name@ncsu.edu.” The EIT Help Desk will tell you when it’s created.
  8. Configure your Email
  9. Know how to read, send, print and save email messages.
  10. After you know your email alias, combine your unityID@ncsu.edu and your email alias (your_name@ncsu.edu) accounts in the MajorDomo list server (Instructions)
  11. Learn your county’s web site URL. County URLs are “county.ces.ncsu.edu”
  12. Verify and update your contact information and Update Your Image in the Extension Employee Database. While there, select your Area(s) of Responsibility. These details and your image are used on your county website and on your directory and WordPress profile pages .
  13. Update your contact information in the NC State Directory
  14. If you will be the Local Foods contact person for a county, please refer to Roles and Responsibilities Local Food Coordinators.
  15. Familiarize yourself with the Extension Learning Management System
  16. Familiarize yourself with MyPack Portal. Your administrative support person in your office is a great resource to assist you in learning about MyPack Portal. If you do not have access to MyPack portal please contact your District Administrative Assistant.
    1. WolfTime is where you submit your leave and see your balances. Questions concerning your leave benefits, such as Family Medical Leave, leave payout, shared leave etc. can be directed to Extension Personnel’s Benefits Assistant/Leave Administrator.
    2. The Travel Center can be accessed here. This is where you submit your mileage and travel reimbursements. You may talk to your administrative assistant for more information on how to access and use the travel system.
    3. Payroll and compensation will allow you to view your pay check stubs and access your W-2. Any questions concerning pay roll can be discussed with Nikki Kurdys, Personnel Coordinator. 
    4. Benefit Details will allow you to access your benefits, such as your health, dental, vision, 401(k) and retirement. Should you have questions concerning your benefits please contact Steve Norris, Benefits Coordinator for NCCES.
  17. Create an eXtension account at people.extension.org
  18. Update your profile in eXtension.
  19. Update your eXtension Ask an Expert Widget preferences at: https://ask.extension.org/

During your first month in Cooperative Extension, you should: