Announcing:
Career Test Drive® Kit
Pilot Program

As COVID-19 forces schools to adapt to new learning environments, teachers and counselors need access to engaging curriculum and students need help navigating postsecondary options. To meet this demand, we are creating Career Test Drive® Kits that provide students the ability to explore high-growth, high demand careers at home, with or without internet connection, through hands-on, guided simulations.

Are you a donor or employer interested in supporting Career Kits?

Career Kit pilot program launching Summer 2020

An accesSible career exploration experience

Hands-on Experiences

Students will participate in interactive Career Test Drive® Module simulations to learn about different postsecondary pathways and determine personal career fit.

Internet Not Required

Our effective and engaging approach accommodates all levels of technology access, providing all students an opportunity to obtain postsecondary success.

Postsecondary Opportunities

BridgeYear Advising helps students navigate a fast-changing postsecondary landscape through connections to affordable, local career training programs.

Interested in providing your students the
Career Kit Experience?

Frequently Asked Questions

BridgeYear is a nonprofit organization founded to address the gap between high school and what’s next. We specifically work with students from underserved communities who might not have a plan after high school and introduce them to high-growth, high-demand career opportunities that pay living wages or above.

The pilot rollout of Career Kits will be Summer 2020 with a larger rollout later if successful.

The Summer 2020 pilot rollout will be supported by donations from our philanthropic partners and free to selected schools. Afterwards we will assess effectiveness and demand for Career Kits to determine future pricing for schools and districts.

We know not all students have access to stable internet connection. So, we made sure that our Career Kits were accessible with or without internet.

Five high-growth, high-demand careers will be featured: Electrician, Health Information Technician, Kitchen & Bath Designer, Medical Laboratory Technician and Plumber.

Career Kits are designed to last around 30 minutes with the following components:

  • Introduction – students learn the general overview of a career including key duties, work environment and its importance to society
  • Academic Theory – students learn foundational knowledge needed to complete a career’s task as well as academic principles and key terms & concepts
  • Kit Activity – students simulate a career and learn how to do an essential key skill or task involved in the profession
  • Pathway Mapping – similar to CTD Fairs, students learn next steps, skills for success, and financial expectations for the career pathway. Students are also encouraged to sign up for BridgeYear Advising to receive one-on-one postsecondary support and connections to partner training programs.

No, the pilot program is currently only being designed for high school students.

The Summer 2020 Career Kit pilot will only be available in Houston. However, if you want Career Kits for your students please fill out this interest form so we can gauge demand to expand programming accordingly.

No, we are planning to resume regular CTD Fair programming once state and local ordinances deem it safe to do so. Due to the engaging and hands-on nature that makes our CTD Fairs successful, we are implementing various health precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff according to practices recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to combat COVID-19 transmission.

Due to the engaging and hands-on nature that makes our CTD Fairs successful, we are implementing various health precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff according to practices recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to combat COVID-19 transmission. We plan to resume CTD Fair programming in Fall 2020 or once state and local ordinances deem it safe to do so.

CONTACT US

5250 Gulfton Street, Suite 2E

Houston, TX 77081

info@bridge-year.org 

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