Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Career Connections

Career Connections

The First Step to a Great Job

Career Connections is a one-stop solution for bringing together job seekers and job providers. This new resource is open to the community and will help people wanting to start a new career or advance in their current career.

At Career Connections students and alumni, as well as the general public, can access a variety of services, including:

  • Career Advisement
  • Employment Search Assistance
  • Job Fairs
  • Internships/Apprenticeships
  • Resume/Interview Assistance
  • Small Business Services
  • Veterans Services

Taking Care of Business

Career Connections provides employers with access to a pool of well-trained, ready-to-work applicants. Through Career Connections, employers can partner with CCC&TI to develop:

  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Technical Training Programs
  • Job Fairs
  • and much more

Career Connections is located in F-146 (John Forlines Building) on CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson. For more information, call 828.726.2609 or email

Educational Services

Educational Services provides resources to help navigate the complex environment of career preparation. Bridging the gap between high school and employment, services include workshops, apprenticeships, work-based learning, and employability skills. Through partnerships with campus and community, CCC&TI promotes opportunities that strengthen students’ ability to define and accomplish goals, develop resilience and achieve success.

Link to Employer Spotlight videos

For more information on how to participate in our Employer Spotlight events, please send your contact information to Asia Hunt at

Employment Services

Customized Training

Through this program CCC&TI provides training and support services for new, expanding and existing companies at little to no cost to the company. The Customized Training Program is designed to make a difference in an organization’s bottom line by:

  • Creating jobs
  • Investing in new machinery and equipment
  • or Streamlining processes for efficiency

CCC&TI offers on-site training and flexible training hours to accommodate employee work schedules and production timelines. CCC&TI can develop a program tailored to any company’s specific training needs.

For more information contact:
Rick J. Shew
Associate Dean, Business and Career Services

Work-Based Learning for Employers

Work-Based Learning (WBL) combines classroom instruction with practical work experience that is directly related to a program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with related work experience. Employers set the standard for the quality of work and determine the rate of pay. Students must meet the employer standards as well as the academic requirements of the College.

Employer Benefits:

  • Reduced recruiting/training costs
  • Pre-screened applicants
  • Skilled interns with a basic foundation
  • No contracts or fees
  • Potential permanent employees
  • Community involvement
  • Positive impact on workforce development


Apprenticeships combine classroom instruction and on-the-job training to prepare students for an industry. Students are paid for their work and their wages will increase as they progress in the program. Upon graduation, apprentices will receive a Certificate of Completion and will have earned the highly skilled "journey worker" designation.

WorkKeys Assessment

National Career Readiness Certificate

To earn the National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®), you must successfully complete the WorkKeys assessments in:

WorkKeys offers additional assessments to measure interests, values and behaviors that can lead to greater job satisfaction. Most tests are web-based and take one hour. Scores are easily verified online.

Fall 2023 WorkKeys Schedule

Date Time Place
August 16 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Room: F-155
September 13 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Room: F-155
October 18 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Room: F-155
November 15 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Room: F-155
December 13 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Room: F-155

Call 828-726-2609 to schedule your test

Employment Resources

Human Resources Development (HRD) Classes

Employability Skills

  • Budget Wisely - This course is designed to cover cost cutting tips for anyone's budget, including household and family expenses.
  • Career Seeker Lab - This self-paced course allows students to work through modules covering such topics as resume writing, job searching, applications and interview techniques. Students may also enhance their keyboarding skills and practice the job skills assessments (WorkKeys) through computer-based programs.
  • Career Ready 101 Overview - This short overview is designed to expose students to the skill building program Career Ready 101. Students will learn how to use the software program to work on all aspects of career planning and preparation.

Computer Skills

  • Computers for the Workplace - This class is for those who have little or no experience using the computer. This class emphasizes the role of information technology in the world of work and enhances employability by teaching basic computer literacy skills

These classes are offered at NO COST to individuals who meet ONE of the conditions below:

  • Unemployed
  • Received notice of a pending layoff
  • Working and eligible for Federal Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Working and earning at/below 200% of Federal poverty guidelines

Check the Continuing Education schedule to see other offerings.
Please contact the Continuing Education Department at 828.726.2242 to find out more information.

Veteran's Resource Center


Thank you for your service to our country! We are delighted you have chosen CCC&TI to further your education.

CCC&TI is approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

The Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC) is the central hub for our military and student veterans. The Veterans Center is conveniently located in F-Bldg., adjacent to Career Connections (F-146). The center provides a safe, supportive and relaxing place for student veterans to meet, ask questions, study, enjoy peer to peer support, access computers, find resources or just unwind between classes.


The mission of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is to assist military and veteran students in making a successful transition from military to academic life by providing information, tools and comprehensive programs that increase student academic success and completion of their academic goal.


The Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC) will be recognized as a leader in providing quality services to our military, veterans, and their dependent family members.

  • Access to resources, periodicals and other academic materials for veterans
  • Information regarding Veteran Affairs laws, regulations and College policy
  • Veterans Resume Writing/Interview Workshops
  • Job postings and announcements for Veterans
  • Guest speakers on topics relevant to veterans
  • Registration priorities for veterans

Contact Information

Caldwell County Veterans' Service Office: 828.757.1345
Watauga County Veterans' Service Office: 828.265.8065
VA Benefits: 800.827.1000
VA Health Benefits: 800.222.8387
Veteran’s Crisis Line: 800.273.8255, press 1
Suicide Hotline: 800.273.8255

Online Resources

Mission Statement:

To help individuals achieve their professional goals by providing access to a variety of employment and educational resources.

Program Intent:

For students, alumni, and community members to get assistance with choosing a career path, gain job skills to be competitive in the workforce and to enter the workforce.