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.
Published: February 21, 2021
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