Career & Technical Education

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge. Programs in Career and Technical Education are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively, solve problems, and utilize technology.

Whether a student is exploring careers in middle school or graduating with more than a diploma in high school, CTE is an integral part of their professional development.

North Carolina CTE State Mission: Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.


CTE Director Timothy Sims   Email  
CTE Coordinator Josh Cornwell  Email  
Special Populations Coordinator
& Teacher Support
Janet Derr-Littman  Email  Webpage
Career Development Coordinator
-Hickory High School
Alanda Johnson  Email
Career Development Coordinator
-Hickory Career and Arts
Magnet High School
Antone Scott  Email  

Career Development and Special Populations support services are available at all middle and high schools.

Our CTE marketing campaign is underway. Look for an increase in social media posts, infographics, a quarterly newsletter, and e-blast highlights. We're excited about the number of credential and certificate opportunities for our students and encourage you to become a CTE Advocate by sharing our good news.

Become a HPS CTE Subscriber, like our social media posts, and share our good news with the community. 

Equal Opportunity Statement/Non-Discrimination

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504); and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), it is the policy of the Hickory Public Schools to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, sexual orientation, or disability in educational programs, activities, or employment policies.

For inquiries or complaints or to request a copy of the Hickory Public Schools grievance procedures, please contact the following:  Angela K. Simmons, Section 504 Coordinator at 828-322-2855, or Timothy Sims, Title IX Coordinator at 828-322-2855.

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