COLLEGE AND CAREER ACCESS
Hope CommUnity Center believes that access to careers and postsecondary education are important parts of individual and community empowerment!
Here at Hope we offer students the following assistance:
Personal and education growth
Seeking information about colleges and universities
College exposure through college fairs and tours
Exploring career interests and finding the best professional setting that matches a person’s passions and skills
Understanding rights for DACA and undocumented students
College preparation and applications
Scholarship research and applications
Applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Writing and editing a professional resume
Hope CommUnity Center also offers scholarship funds annually, primarily for students and other individuals involved as a participant or volunteer in center programming. These funds can be applied to costs associated with studying at any technical school, or 2- or 4-year college or university.
Last year, Hope gave out $62,500 to 38 students in their journey towards post-secondary success! Hope would like to thank it’s passionate and dedicated donors who make this possible every year.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
ESOL classes at HCC offer adults the opportunity to learn English in a fun and interactive setting. The classes include Paulo Freire’s popular education model, empowering people to envision what a more just world would look like and to take strategic action to transform society according to that vision. Popular Education challenges traditional hierarchies that place knowledgeable teacher above ignorant student, and active educator above passive learner.
Students interested in participating in the ESOL classes at HCC are given a CASAS assessment which measures English proficiency and then are placed in Level A, Level B, or Level C. Classes take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Space is limited.
Making Ongoing Meaningful Steps
is a basic English and literacy class for immigrant women that meets every Tuesday morning, 9:30am-12pm, from September to May.
ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL TUTORING
Each week during the school year, a group of 25 elementary school students comes to Hope CommUnity Center after school to practice reading skills, and participate in science and art enrichment activities. Students work with tutors one-on-one and in small groups for 1 hour and 15 minutes each day, two days a week.
Tutoring takes place in HCC’s Hawthorne/South campus. Each student is assigned to two days (2 hours) of tutoring: Mondays and Wednesdays. Space is limited according to the number of tutors. At this time, we have a waiting list.
All of HCC’s amazing tutors are volunteers. They come from all walks of life to offer support and encouragement for the kids and their families. The Academic Support Team meets with HCC’s tutors regularly to provide training and ongoing support and create a team environment. If you are interested in being a volunteer tutor, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lynn Devanie at (407) 880-4673 ext. 222.
HCC’s approach to tutoring is holistic: we recognize that homework and school are only one part of kids’ lives. Engaging parents and family members in their children’s education is also key. We organize a parent meeting at least once a month to provide parents with a space where they can discuss questions and concerns about their children’s education, as well as share information and knowledge with each other. HCC’s goal is for parents to feel empowered to communicate schools and teachers and make informed decisions for their children.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in tutoring, you may fill out a registration form at the front desk of either one of Hope CommUnity Center’s locations, and you will be contacted by a staff member about space availability and a start date. For more information, contact: