Amanda Trevino – HILT Coordinator

What do you contribute to Career Center?

I am the coordinator for the HILT program here at the Career Center. HILT stands for High Intensity Career Training. It is for students who are learning English as a second language. A majority of the students that are in the program arrive in the country as teenagers. What I contribute to the Career Center is I coordinate the program and am the counselor. So many of the students come with […] experiences some of them with some traumas they’ve been through in their countries and then also separation. Maybe their parent came 10 years ago and now they’re reuniting with them. Those times are hard, so I’m here to help them through those times, scheduling, and making sure they take the correct classes to graduate

What has been your experience at the Career Center?

It has been wonderful. I’ve been here for 8 years. When I first got here I had about 29 students. Now we have 68 students. It’s been wonderful to be here and to have the career and technical classes. Our HILT students like having the opportunity to get career and technical training. We have great teachers here, administration, staff, great principals, assistant principles which are all really supportive.

What has been your most positive experience at the Career Center?

I think my most positive experience has been seeing students graduate. I think that’s probably the most positive experiences I’ve had because as I get to know them I see how hard it is for them. It’s hard for them and I see how the just don’t give up and keep working hard and just really want to graduate. It’s their American dream and to be able to be a part of that and help them reach that dream, I thinks that’s just the best.

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