Hope Hall Guides Students’ Career and Academic Success – Part 1

Mrs. Michelle Robinson is Hope Hall’s College and Career Transitions Coordinator, and part of her responsibility is helping students prepare for the next phase after High School. To do that, she takes students on field trips to colleges, and brings in speakers to share information about academic and work resources available.

Beginning in 9th Grade, Mrs. Robinson pushes into classrooms, getting to know the students and their interests and skills, to help guide them in their career or academic paths. She also meets one-on-one with any students who would like dedicated assistance. Additionally, she assists them in finding community service hours, which is important in securing employment or being accepted into higher education.

Through her connections and resources, she brings in speakers from organizations who can provide the next step toward future success as they leave Hope Hall and enter the workforce or pursue college. This year, guests have included:

  • ARC of Monroe – This organization offers pre-vocational work experiences, connects clients to job opportunities and provides job coaching
  • REOC (Rochester  Educational Opportunity Center) – REOC is affiliated with SUNY Brockport, and offers a variety of services, including assistance preparing for a career in Business and IT, the Healthcare Field, the area of Childhood Development, Occupational trades such as cosmetology, culinary arts, barbering and security guard, as well college preparation and vocational studies.
  • ACCES-VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) – ACCESS-VR  professionals assists individuals with an IEP (Individualized Education Program) to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

When possible, Mrs. Robinson brings in speakers to help familiarize the students with various professions, although this has been more challenging during the pandemic. In the spring, she anticipates bringing in a Dentist to talk about the various careers available in the field of dentistry.

One of Mrs. Robinson’s goals is to build a database of Hope Hall Alumni, to stay in closer touch with them, and to learn of their successes and how they’ve progressed. If you are an Alum of Hope Hall, or you know someone who is, please get in touch with Mrs. Robinson by emailing michelle.robinson@hopehall.org.

Photos: At top, Mrs. Robinson Mrs. works with Seniors Naomi and Linda on applications

At right top, Patty takes questions from students about REOC’s services

At right bottom, Matt from ARC of Monroe explains the organization’s services to the Seniors