After Holden

Holden staff take a team approach to helping students develop concrete plans for their futures. The goal of the Transition Program is to help students move out into the world with purpose, dedication, and inspiration. Two dedicated staff (Transition Counselor and College Counselor) lead the effort with the student with the help of the Advisory leaders, Resource, Exploration, and Support counselors and other teaching staff. The transition process begins when a student enrolls at Holden. Holden helps students identify their strengths. From there, students receive help in making important connections, in finding internships, volunteer work, colleges, and summer jobs.

All of our graduates move on with self-confidence, effective communication skills, a strong sense of community, and a lifelong love of learning. From here, they take a variety of paths. Here are some examples of what students have done with their lives following graduation.

Attended 4-Year Colleges including:

  • Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
  • Dominican University of California, San Rafael, California
  • Mills College, Oakland, California
  • California State Schools: SF State, Sacramento State
  • Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina
  • Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
  • Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
  • Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado
  • The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, California
  • Lees-McRae, Banner Elk, North Carolina

Attended Two-Year Colleges including:

  • Cotty College, Nevada, Missouri
  • Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California
  • College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California
  • Peralta Colleges, Oakland, California
  • Cabrillo College, Aptos, California

Established Professional Careers As:

  • Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Licensed Speech Pathologist, Manteca, CA
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner, San Francisco, CA
  • Credentialed Education Specialist, Orinda, CA
  • Fashion Designer, Los Angeles, CA
  • Hair Salon Owner and Operator, Emeryville, CA
  • Business Owner/Founder Music School, Pleasant Hill, CA

Trained and employed in vocations including:

  • Cosmetology
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Horticulture
  • Culinary Arts
  • Public Service

Pursued careers in the arts including:

  • Photography
  • Dance Choreography
  • Music Composition
  • Sound Engineering
  • Independent Filmmaking
  • Graphic Design