Career Development Coordinator
Hi, my name is Trina Williams and I have worked at HCAM as the Career Development Coordinator since 2016.  I have an extensive background in Career and Technical Education with Hickory Public Schools having previously worked as a business teacher at Hickory High School and also as the CTE Coordinator for the district. 

I am a strong advocate for Career and Technical Education and am excited about all of the opportunities it provides for students through electives, credentials, and work-based learning.  

I am proud to be a member of the very strong CTE family here at HCAM and in the HPS district.

To assist in developing academic, career, and employability skills through exposure to career pathways, post-secondary opportunities, classroom presentations, on-site learning, and the use of online tools such as MajorClarity.  

*Coordinate work-based learning opportunities (such as internships, job shadowing, classroom speakers, and field trips) with business and industry partners.
*Assist in creating a four-year career plan while in high school so they may successfully transition to life after high school using Major Clarity.

*Work with teachers to provide career development opportunities

Please feel free to contact me:

Trina Williams
Career Development Coordinator
Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School
409 Eighth Ave., NE
Hickory, NC  28601
828-328-6738 ext. 207





 All HCAM students have a login and can access this platform at any time. 

Students who use this interactive tool can determine their personality traits and learning styles, then research career paths by watching videos of real people from the workplace. 

They can research colleges to determine if they meet the entrance qualifications. 

Most importantly they can create a four-year career plan that will help them select the best electives along the way that will fit best within their career pathway. 

Please contact me if I can assist you or your student. 
Coming Soon.. Career Pathways Document 

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning can be a beneficial experience for high school students.  It gives them the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real-world setting.  They gain experience and confidence as they learn employment skills, expectations of the workplace, and establish professional contacts for future employment.  

See your School Counselor or Career Development Coordinator for more information.

Internship Application
Student & Parent/Guardian Agreement
Insurance & Permit to Travel
Teacher Recommendation
Work-Based Learning Contract



        Requirements                                                                    Criteria


Be an upperclassman

Junior or Senior

Be in good academic standing

Successfully passing all courses and not on academic probation

Have good attendance profile

Maintain a good attendance record, both at school and at the internship site.

Have a good discipline profile

Conform to the rules and regulations of school and training station.

Have reliable transportation

We will work with you if transportation is an issue

 Student Responsibilities

Identify possible placement site

Work with the Career Development Coordinator for possible internship site location related to your career pathway

Complete Work-Based Learning Application

All applications should be completed and returned to the Career Development Coordinator

Complete activities within work-based learning experience

Written and verbal requirements:  time sheets, journal assignments, final presentations

Represent school well

Dress appropriately--at a minimum following HPS dress code; conduct self in a businesslike manner; be prompt, courteous, and groomed according to the training supervisor’s requirements.

Communicate with Career Development Coordinator regularly

Turn in required materials and inform Career Development Coordinator of any issues that may arise. Attend scheduled meetings with the Career Development Coordinator

 Site Responsibilities

Assist with development of  Skills Development Plan

Assist the student in accomplishing his/her goals by developing a Skills Development Plan (an outline of tasks & responsibilities)

Evaluate student learner

Evaluate the student’s performance each grading period. Evaluation counts as a major part of their internship grade

Communicate with school

Communicate with Career Development Coordinator whenever needed

Provide a safe and effective learning environment

Ensure that the student works in a safe environment and provide them with a variety of learning experiences that will offer a broad view of workplace.

Establish schedule for student learner

Ensure that student learner has opportunity to earn 135 contact hours

 Parent and School Responsibilities

Communicate on a regular basis

The school and the parent should remain in regular contact to ensure proper supervision of student

Insurance and transportation

It is the responsibility of the parent to provide personal or school health insurance and reliable transportation for the student

Supervise work-based learner

The Career Development Coordinator will visit the site to ensure proper placement and safety of the student. The CDC will review the time sheets, assignments, and presentations and be responsible for the assignment of a grade.