On Thursday, May 30, the Otto Bremer Foundation announced the award of a $248,000 grant to the Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection.
This significant grant will strengthen the development of Bridges Career Academies, expand the Career Exploration Day and Educator in the Workplace programs through the Bridges Workplace Connection, and explore the development of new career immersion camps.
Each activity seeks to fundamentally change the way students explore and determine their future careers.
The Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection was developed to better integrate work-based learning between schools and business. The Bridges Career Academies, coordinated by Central Lakes College, are a sequence of high school courses that focus on career pathways. Curriculum is developed by high school teachers and each course includes technical skills, foundational skills and workplace experiences.
The Workplace Connection, coordinated by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber is an intermediary between schools and business to integrate work-based learning through Business Tours, Speakers Bureau for the Classroom, Educators in the Workplace and a Career Exploration Day.
Thanks to the support of the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Bridges Career Academies will expand the Academies to new high schools, develop additional Academies with existing high school partners, hold a faculty workshop, develop online resource materials and provide financial support for special projects.