Education-what is the end result? Employers and colleges want reliable, independent, motivated, and responsible people who can work well with others and represent their company or college respectfully. With the partnership of several schools, Hopewell Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) supplies a unique service; an educator who assists at-risk students with credit recovery, employability skills, and community involvement.
Milford Exempted City Schools and Great Oaks Institute of Technology are two such schools that have partnered with Hopewell JOG. As a result, Kristin Rubenbauer is a career specialist who prides herself on the ability to constantly present the curriculum in a new, interesting, and real way.
Beginning her JOG experience in 1997-1998 as a student, Rubenbauer represents the reason JOG specialists continue to do what they do. Recognizing the value of the program, Rubenbauer’s interest in education began.
When asked what she wants people to know about the program, Rubenbauer said that she wants people to know how important Hopewell JOG is to at-risk students. Students who might not otherwise attend college go to college. Students also come to the workforce with a leg up in the competition: competent in workplace issues, employer expectations, and working as a team. We (Hopewell JOG) address the community leadership, teamwork, and career guidance, just to name a few things.
With that said and hoping that the program continues, Rubenbauer wants to take her students to the next level. She wants them to own the program and step up to the plate and participate in the neighborhood through community service.
In the meantime, she will continue to be a resource for her students in all aspects of their lives.