HWSC in Rochester
Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection helps Rochester-area students stay in school, earn their high school diplomas and prepare for higher education or employment.
Currently, more than 2,300 students are enrolled in HWSC from 14 high schools in the Rochester City School District and Gates-Chili Central School District. 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 Rochester-area students, their families, and their community, seen in these on-time graduation rates from the Rochester and Gates-Chili Classes of 2021:
- HWSC ENROLLED 92% 92%
Joining HWSC in Grade 9 or earlier sharply increases the likelihood of on-time graduation compared to non-participating students.
- HWSC RETAINED 93% 93%
Students who remain in HWSC throughout high school enjoy even greater results.
- HWSC EMPLOYED & YETA-CERTIFIED 99% 99%
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 2021.
Regional Employment Partners
Rochester-area 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 following partners to link HWSC students with individualized resources and experiences that make such a difference in their lives.