Center for Optimal College Readiness
The Center for Optimal College Readiness (COCR) aims to develop and sustain a community of learners who will be successful in post-secondary education. The center places students in schools where they provide outreach tutoring, mentoring, help with academic counseling and college application-related work.
The program has both undergraduate tutors and graduate counselors-in-training. Students have the opportunity to work at several school locations including public and parochial schools within walking distance of Manhattan College. This is an opportunity to work with kids, teachers and counselors, while collaborating with a team and making a difference in the local community.
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Corine Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education, including work as a high school teacher, a counselor and a psychologist. She is currently a professor and program director of graduate counseling programs at Manhattan College, as well as the director of the Center for Optimal for College Readiness.
Ruby Bermudez, M.A. has been with the center for two years. Her work has focused on developing collaborations with other organizations who work with schools (e.g. Strive for College) and coordinating all aspects of connecting students to the schools.