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HWS Participates in College and Career Readiness Program

Hobart and William Smith collaborate on a summer college and career readiness program for local high school students.

This summer, Hobart and William Smith collaborated with Geneva 2030, Finger Lakes Community College and Geneva City School District to offer a week-long, half-day “What’s Next?” college and career readiness experiential program for rising ninth grade students through graduating seniors from Geneva High School. 

The program was offered June 27- July 1 in the morning to allow students to enjoy the start of summer or work afternoon jobs. Students spent three days on the HWS campus and two days at the Finger Lakes Community College Geneva Campus Center, in order to learn about both settings. 

In the photos above, students participate in the “What’s Next” program on the HWS campus.

Speakers included staff and faculty from both campuses, community partners such as Ontario County WorkForce, Wayne BOCES Pre-Employment Transition Services and GCSD Alumni Akim Hudson who is a senior at St. Bonaventure University and Brian Fowler, also a GCSD ’07 alumni, who graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and is completing his residency at UPMC.

In addition to the opportunity to hear firsthand from employers students were given a culminating Pecha Kucha style presentation describing the journey they hope to take after a week of introspection, exploration and investigation into the possible career pathways that exist for them. “What’s Next?” also hosted four family evening virtual sessions with presentations from GHS counselors, Ontario County Workforce Development staff, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, and both Finger Lakes Community College and HWS departments including Admissions, Financial Aid, Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, and Higher Education Opportunity Program.

In the evening, family members were invited to an hour-long Zoom workshop to learn what their students were studying in order to better support their student in their college/career pathway.

Born out of the recognition and desire to provide high school students with a college preparation experience, Hobart and William Smith professors and staff collaborated on the first HWS Summer Academy in 2005. The What’s Next program is an updated version of the HWS Academy, encompassing more career exploration, focusing on both college and career pathways.

Participants who successfully completed the entire week’s workshop experience received a $100 stipend and were entered into a chance to win an Apple iPad.