How to Build Bridge Programs that Fit into a Career Pathway: A Step-By-Step Guide Based on the Carreras En Salud Program in Chicago
How to Build Bridge Programs that Fit into a Career Pathway recognizes that not all low-skill workers are ready to participate in a Career Pathways initiative with classes that start at the college level. This huge potential reservoir of workers, not only lack the necessary credentials to apply for open positions but they also lack the basic education to begin that training. This manual demonstrates how Career Pathways "bridge" programs can provide these low-skill adults with realistic opportunities to access postsecondary education and sustained employment through contextualized instruction, career development, and support services.
This manual provides instruction on how to develop successful bridge programs, drawing on examples from Carreras en Salud. The guide is organized around step-by-step instructions on how to:
- Conceive, design, and identify the essential elements of a bridge program;
- Identify and develop successful partnerships;
- Create and contextualize curricula, as well as determining instructor qualities;
- Handle logistics including budgeting; and
- Sustain and expand the bridge program model.
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