Life management skills (scheduling, organizing, budgeting)
Job preparation and search skills (resume building, practice interviews)
Living situations (how to find an apartment, living options)
Navigating the community (public social skills, transportation)
Engagingresources (researching programs, securing a driver’s license)
Navigating funding for programs (regional programs, SSA, Dept. of Rehab.)
Preparing to Launch The Bridges transitions Program
Planning for life after graduation is difficult for any high school student, but even more so for those students with learning differences. That is why all graduating Stanbridge students are invited to take Bridges, a five-credit per semester class that helps guide juniors and seniors in determining and preparing for their post-secondary path.
Bridges combines individual and group work with community engagement activities and personal and community enrichment events. In a familiar, nurturing setting with counselors and diverse staff with varying interests and expertise available, the students are encouraged to develop skills, take risks, and adventure into new experiences that help set the foundation to successfully and smoothly launch them into a fulfilling and purposeful life trajectory.
Students work collaboratively as a group to plan events and activities that support and enrich the Stanbridge community including the alumni panel, transitions fair, beautifying the campus with a garden, and supporting as tutors in lower elementary classrooms. Additionally, students visit local post-secondary programs and colleges and partner with several community programs including SAP technologies, alumni enterprises, and LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network).
Endowed with new skills and increased confidence through their campus internship, at the end of the program, each participant has a greater capacity to pursue opportunities beyond the Stanbridge campus.