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Postsecondary Pathways Conference

This event is the first in BridgeYear’s history. As an organization that works extensively with educators, career education programs and fellow nonprofits, we are proud to present the Postsecondary Pathways Conference to connect these invaluble Houston partners to each other. 


Houston career training organizations will co-host information sessions for educators serving high school youth to learn about postsecondary programs.


Thursday, September 24th from 9 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Attendees will choose between several 25 minute breakout sessions to customize their experience.


This half-day conference will be fully virtual, allowing attentees and career education programs the opportunity to connect across the greater Houston area.

conference schedule

We are so excited for you to join us for our first ever Postsecondary Pathways Conference! Use the buttons and links below to navigate the sessions you would like to attend; we recommend clicking the start button the few minutes leading up to the start of the session. Please note we have structured in 10 minute breaks so you have time to join your next desired session.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email Victoria Doan at doan@bridge-year.org

Be sure to use #PPC2020 and #BridgeYear in your social media posts today!

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Memorial Assistance Ministries

HCC Continuing Education

Gulf States

Goodwill Houston's
Google IT Program

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM


Texas Carpenter and Millwright Training Fund

San Jacinto College Automotive Tech


10:50 AM – 11:20 AM

Chinese Community Center

Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing

Capital IDEA

HCC Welding

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Healthcare Career Kit

Construction & Design Career Kit

presenting organizations

Baylor Ascend

Baylor Ascend connects opportunity youth to job training and career readiness resources that lead to stable, sufficient employment in the medical field. Medical careers highlighted include: Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), EKG, Medical Business Office Professional and Phlebotomy.

Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing

Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing has been providing personalized, professional services for over 100 years. Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing provides new and remedial commercial roofing and waterproofing scopes of service for the entire building envelope.

Flatiron School

Flatiron’s mission is to enable the pursuit of a better life through education. Technology is reshaping the way we learn, study, and work, and Flatiron School is proud to be at the forefront of this change.


Gulf States Toyota

Gulf States Toyota is one of the world's largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts. Learn about opportunities for your students to join the automotive industry, including career pathways straight from high school and Toyota sponsored training programs in the region.

Memorial Assistance Ministries

The Pathways for Young Adults Employment Services Program is an engaging, results-driven program that provides young adults career exploration, vocational training and experiential opportunities including one-on-one Job Coaching, Job Readiness Training, Vocational Training and Financial Assistance.

Texas Carpenter & Millwright
Training Trust Fund

The Texas Carpenters & Millwright Training Trust Fund trains Commercial/Industrial Carpenters and Millwrights through their Apprenticeship Training Programs. Both programs provide zero cost training meaning apprentices access our world-class 4 year program with no out of pocket cost while being compensated for every hour they work.

Capital IDEA Houston

Capital IDEA Houston’s mission is to lift working adults out of poverty and into living-wage careers through education. Capital IDEA Houston sponsors select high-demand careers that pay a living wage of $17/hr or more with benefits and the opportunity for advancement.

Chinese Community Center

The Chinese Community Center - Financial Opportunity Center offers free Financial, Vocational, and Employment Coaching services to help households set and achieve financial goals. The CCC also offers 2 vocational courses year round: Child Development Associate (CDA) & Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

Goodwill's Google IT Pathways

Goodwill's Google IT Professional Certification teaches Python Training and coding for youth to stack credentials. All of Goodwill’s IT Pathways also provide general orientation, job readiness and community support.

HCC Continuing Education &
HCC Welding Technology

HCC's School of Continuing Education provides outstanding instruction and services in areas including: business, languages, industrial technology & energy, information technology, construction, manufacturing, transportation, public safety, and health. HCC also offers a Welding Technology program to teach students the necessary skills for entry level welding positions.

San Jacinto College

With automotive technology rapidly developing each year and becoming increasingly complex, the industry demand for qualified service technicians grows exponentially. At San Jacinto College, students receive the proper hands-on training and education needed to excel and become successful in the automotive field.

connect youth to postsecondary Opportunities

Now more than ever, underserved youth need access to affordable, in-demand career pathways.
Together we can help Houston youth succeed in an uncertain economy.

Youth-Serving Attendees Will Gain:

  • A FREE event to discover local, affordable training programs in a variety of in-demand career pathways
  • An opportunity to increase your network of postsecondary programs for your students to pursue
  • A chance to get your questions answered about the programs your students have interests in
  • An opportunity to experience our innovative Career Test Drive® Kits first-hand
  • A Postsecondary Pathways Conference package mailed straight to your door containing information and marketing materials for each presenting training program

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 to introduce them to high-growth, high-demand career opportunities that pay living wages and above.

If you’re interested in attending, please email Alicia Vasquez at alicia@bridge-year.org

All you need is is:

  • A webcam-equipped computer
  • Internet connection and web browser (for the best viewing experience, we recommend you use a supported internet browser like Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari

Each session will have a BridgeYear moderator to facilitate a Q&A at the end of every session. Attendees will be able to submit their questions via chat.

BridgeYear will provide Zoom information for the Postsecondary Pathways Conference via email a few days before the conference begins to registered attendees.

Yes! BridgeYear welcomes all high school counselors from our partnering schools.

Yes, each session will be recorded and made available to registered attendees after the conference.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

This conference would not be possible without the generous contributions from the Rice Center for Civic Leadership and The Friedkin Group.