HWSC in Prince George’s County

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection helps Prince George’s County students stay in school, earn their high school diplomas and prepare for higher education or employment. Currently, more than 500 students are enrolled in HWSC from nine Prince George’s County Public Schools:

High Schools

  • Bladensburg
  • Central
  • Fairmont Heights
  • Potomac
  • Suitland

Middle Schools

  • Benjamin Stoddert
  • G. James Gholson
  • Drew-Freeman
  • William Wirt

These young people enter the program in grades 7 through 9, and receive 360-degree support from school-based Youth Advocates who help them develop good habits, acquire social skills, and achieve their potential for success at home, in school and at work.

A Model that Works

Year over year, HWSC’s model brings positive outcomes for participating Prince George’s County students, their families, and their community, seen in these on-time graduation rates from the PGCPS Classes of 2020:

  • HWSC ENROLLED 86% 86%

Joining HWSC in Grade 9 or earlier sharply increases the likelihood of on-time graduation compared to non-participating students.

  • HWSC RETAINED 91% 91%

Students who remain in HWSC throughout high school enjoy even greater results.


Students who are YETA-certified and employed by an HWSC employment partner see the highest graduation rates of any segment of the program.

These and other insights are included in our HWSC Outcomes Report for the Class of 2020.

“Hillside shaped me into the person I am today. Without them, I honestly don’t know who or where I would be. Joining this program is a decision I will never regret.”

Chlo’e Gadson
Class of 2021, Potomac High School

Regional Employment Partners

Prince George’s County employers are invaluable partners in the success of HWSC and our students. HWSC Employer Partners recognize the importance of a new generation of ready-to-work young people. We’re proud to collaborate with these partners to link HWSC students with individualized resources and experiences that make such a difference in their lives.

Regional Advisory Council

With Hillside’s broad geographic reach, community-based perspectives are essential. Our Advisory Council members help us remain responsive to the diverse needs of the communities we serve. Many thanks to our Prince George’s County advisors:

Gable Barmer
Kirk Blackman
Gloria Brown
Henry Davis
Ayana Douglas
Mike Gorski
Howard Stone, Jr.

For More Information

To learn more about HWSC’s activities in Prince George’s County, contact Karene Brodie, Regional Executive Director, at 888-514-4455 or info@hillside.com.

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