Bridging Program

The Bridging Program

Helps students negotiate the transition from high school to adulthood.

The Bridging Program helps students negotiate the transition from high school to adulthood. It is offered at, coordinated by, CCS in partnership with Burlington, Colchester, Mt. Mansfield Union, South Burlington, and Winooski High Schools.

Program Coordinator Emily Anderson, with support from para-educators from the partner schools, guides 12 students through four learning modules.

These learning areas include:

  • career exploration
  • community engagement
  • independent living
  • advocacy

While The Bridging Program has been in existence for 10 years, the move to CCS coordination is part of a major innovation in the program to offer greater consumer driven, individualized focus.

Career Exploration

Participants benefit from the on-site resource of the award-winning Way2Work, and School2Work programs. Students gain pre-vocational training, explore potential careers, cite “dream jobs,” and gain work experience. Students give their peers tours of work sites and share experiences with them.

Community Connection

Students engage community organizations and leaders, and learn about community resources – to have the chance to learn and share everyday stories.

Emily Anderson said her goal is that, “Each student can interact with someone they don’t know, to share who they are and find out who the other person is, in a way that’s safe.”

Independent Living

Students gain training, support, and experience for independent living skills of their choosing – from using public transportation, to cooking and nutrition, to financial skills.

Opportunities Credit Union in Burlington is an important program partner, offering students sessions on: the history of money, lending, and banking.

Advocacy

Bridging Program participants created a self-advocacy group, the 22nd affiliate group of Green Mountain Self-Advocates.

Learn more about Champlain Voices' Self Advocacy

Contact Emily Anderson, Advocacy & Bridging Coordinator (802) 655-0511 x163

Email Emily