CRAIG HOCKENBERRY TAKES HOME MAJOR CYC AWARD
CRAIG HOCKENBERRY WINS DREAM MAKERS AWARD
CINCINNATI YOUTH COLLABORATIVE (CYC)
CYC makes a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable young people in 2nd grade through college by providing a range of services designed to keep kids in school, prepared for college and career, and on the pathway to success.
Bringing together over 1,500 volunteers and over 100 corporate partners, CYC strives for dropout prevention by offering mentoring, college readiness and success, and career preparation. Over the the year we have awarded many outstanding people the annual Dream Maker award. In 2009, CYC was proud to name Craig Hockenberry for his work in education. He was the longtime principal of Oyler School and saw it through a totally transformation. Craig Hockenberry has been in education for almost 27 years and has had an amazing impact across the region at Oyler, Manchester Local, and Three Rivers.
Craig Hockenberry grew up in Northeastern Ohio in the small town of Malvern. After graduating from high school in 1990, he was recruited to play football at the College of Mount St. Joseph. He was part of the school’s first football team and played for legendary Coach, John Pont. After graduating from Mount St. Joseph in 1995 with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Craig immediately began teaching at Roosevelt School in the Cincinnati Public School system. During his short time at Roosevelt, he attended night school at Xavier University, receiving a graduate degree in Educational Administration. He then enrolled at the University of Cincinnati where he began work on his Ph.D. in Urban Education.
In 2009, Craig was named the Cincinnati Public School Administrator of the Year and received the James N. Jacobs Award for Outstanding Administration. Also in 2009, he was the recipient of the 2009 Dream Makers Award from the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) for his school's work in building partnerships. Additionally, he was named Lower Price Hill Man-of-the-Year for his work in the community of Lower Price Hill and went on to later be named The King of Price Hill.
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Craig received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Mount St. Joseph and delivered the 2013 commencement address.
His 15 years of work and dedication at Oyler School was nationally recognized for an entire year on Marketplace/National Public Radio (NPR) in a series titled “One School, One Year…” Craig has had the opportunities to speak across the nation about leadership, education, and community leader centers.
After 19 years working in Cincinnati Public Schools, Craig was named the Superintendent of Manchester Local Schools in Adams County. Adams County is the 2nd poorest county in the State of Ohio and one of Ohio’s most rural school districts. After 2 years, Craig returned to Hamilton County and was named Superintendent of The Three Rivers Local School District.
When serving as the District’s Superintendent, Mr. Hockenberry continues to ensure student achievement. In 2016, Three Rivers Local School District received the Momentum Award under his leadership. This award recognizes schools that have received A’s on every value-added measure included on the State Report Card. Three Rivers was one of only five districts to be awarded in 2016. Mr. Craig Hockenberry also led the administrative team to identify the District’s first ever Core Values as well as an extensive process to develop the district’s first strategic plan.
Mr. Hockenberry led the district to a finalized agreement with Miami Township, the YMCA, and the Cincinnati Library System to develop a 14 million dollar Aquatic Center and recreation complex on the Three Rivers Campus. Under his leadership at Three Rivers he developed the Taylor High School Career Academies which included partnerships with Cincinnati State (Aviation), the University of Cincinnati (Informational Technology), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). He secured over one million dollars in scholarships for those who wanted to pursue careers in the trades after graduation.
Craig Hockenberry has been working with and leading youth in the greater Cincinnati area and we are proud to award Craig D. Hockenberry the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative DREAM MAKERS AWARD.
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