Bridges helps inform high school students about careers, especially those available in Central Minnesota, and the education they’ll need in those careers.
The Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection is a workforce development initiative that strives to better integrate work-based learning between schools and business and promote career and college readiness to high school students. In addition to the annual Bridges Career Exploration Day event and new Game of Careers website, the other Bridges activities that offer a direct connection to business through career experience activities include: business tours, speakers in the classroom/virtual speakers, Topics on Demand video series, Career Depot youth jobs portal and an ever-growing library of career videos. Bridges’ academic enrichment program, Career Academies, showcase integrated courses at participating high schools that focus on the knowledge and skills within a specific career field. Each course includes technical skills and employability skills with real-world business and industry experiences.
Serving Minnesota’s Region 5 — Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties — since 2007, Bridges impacted 14,836 students from 28 school districts, working with 160 educators and counselors, during the 2019-20 school year.
All of these Bridges efforts are designed to expand career awareness, exploration and preparation to ensure a viable workforce. To learn more about Bridges, visit www.BridgesConnection.org.
This project was financially support in part by Sourcewell, the Central Lakes Perkins Consortium, the Initiative Foundation, and the Crow Wing Power Community Trust through their Operation Round Up program.