The Bridges to College and Careers program (Bridges) is an intensive, 23-week, 460-hour college transition program designed to equip adult learners with the English, math, science and computer skills needed to enter college and complete a post-secondary certificate or degree. The Bridges program offers students multiple career pathways to industry-recognized certificates in high-demand and technical occupations.
The Bridges model of intensive academic support - which includes ESOL, college-level reading, writing and math, and practical study and technology skills - is designed to help adults close learning gaps much more quickly and efficiently than traditional college developmental education classes. Bridges incorporates weekly one-on-one and group coaching support for all students. JVS also provides assistance with navigating financial aid, enrollment in a matched savings account, peer support activities and job placement.
Program components include: a dual-enrollment option for Adult Diploma program students nearing attainment of their high school diploma, a pre-Bridges English for Academic Success (EAS) class as well as Bridges to College pathways in General Studies, Biotechnology and Business/Technology. Depending on their pre-Bridges academic English and math levels, students enter the program directly into a college pathway or they first complete a cycle of English for Academic Success and begin a college pathway in the next Bridges cycle. All Bridges pathways lead students to college certificate/degree programs.
This program may be offered remotely.