Career Test Drive® Program

BridgeYear’s Career Test Drive® Program reimagines career exploration by providing hands-on simulations in different high-growth, high-demand careers. Our dynamic experience allows students to explore interests and skills while learning about successful career pathways that require less than a 4-year degree.

What Makes Our Career Test Drive® Program Unique

Every Career Test Drive® Program service – whether it’s our Labs or Fairs – provides youth these three things:

Automotive Technician Career Test Drive Program Simulation

Hands-On Simulations

While some students enjoy taking tours and listening to guest speakers, many would prefer to test different careers for themselves. Our hands-on career simulations offer students the opportunity to see first-hand whether they like a career or not.

Industry-Aligned Careers

BridgeYear uses workforce data and direct partnerships with employers to expose youth to in-demand careers. This means we’re both strengthening the labor market and helping students pursue successful career opportunities.

Non 4-Year Pathways

Today’s emphasis on college has forced many students to feel that a bachelor’s degree is the only path to success. By focusing on career pathways requiring less than a 4-year degree, we expose youth to options they never considered before.

Our Available Careers

During the Career Test Drive® Fair, students will have the opportunity to explore their skills and interests. Learn about our 10 available Career Test Drive® modules and what students may expect during their experience in a career simulation.
Automotive Technician
Perform thorough routine vehicle maintenance by examining wear patterns, diagnosing common malfunctions, and skillfully replacing the brake pads.
Electrician
Uninstall an old pendant light and replace it with a new light fixture to the ceiling of your client’s home. If you wire everything correctly, the light bulb will turn on.
Manufacturing Technician
Operate, maintain, and quality-check machinery used in the production of goods to ensure that manufacturing equipment runs efficiently and meets quality standards throughout the whole process.
Network Technician
Install and test the network wiring. If lights on the network tester light up numerically, you have successfully established an internet connection for every company cubicle.
Pharmacy Technician
Fill as many prescriptions as accurately as possible. Provide patients with the correct medication, dosage supply, and write the proper information on the pill bottle’s label.
Phlebotomist
Identify required tests, draw four quality blood samples from the patient's arm, and place them in the designated tubes for proper testing as ordered by the doctor.
Refinery Operator
Adjust and record flow, level, time, temperature, and pressure using levers, knobs, and switches to ensure safe filtration of crude oil or natural gas for refined products.
Surgical Technologist
Prepare an operating room for general surgery. Apply knowledge on medical procedures to pass surgical instruments to surgeons while maintaining sterile procedures.
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Packages to Choose From

  • Auto Technician (sponsored by Gulf States Toyota)
  • Manufacturing Technician (Sponsored by The Friedkin Group and ASG)
  • Network Technician (sponsored by Honeywell)
  • Phlebotomist
  • Refinery Operator (sponsored by Phillips 66)
  • Surgical Technologist (sponsored by Memorial Hermann)
  • Electrician
  • Network Technician (sponsored by Honeywell)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Refinery Operator (sponsored by Phillips 66)
  • Surgical Technologist (sponsored by Memorial Hermann)
  • Auto Technician (sponsored by Gulf States Toyota)
  • Electrician
  • Network Technician (sponsored by Honeywell)
  • Manufacturing Technician (Sponsored by The Friedkin Group and ASG)
  • Refinery Operator (sponsored by Phillips 66)
  • Surgical Technologist (sponsored by Memorial Hermann)
  • Electrician
  • Network Technician (sponsored by Honeywell)
  • Phlebotomist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Refinery Operator (sponsored by Phillips 66)

Witness Our Career Test Drive® Program in Action

Schedule an Interest Meeting

Looked around and still have a few questions? Schedule an interest meeting to speak directly with Natalie Gomez, our Program Manager!