We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to pursue a college education or career training program. In a supportive place, every student can thrive and find their potential. The Bridge program exists to do just that: support individuals as they explore opportunities and begin their journey of continued education. We offer one-on-one guidance for each student to help them find the most appropriate program for their goals, prepare them to enter their chosen program, assist with enrollment and securing financial aid, succeed in their coursework, and stay enrolled until a credential is earned. To get started, make an appointment by filling out this form or calling Kai at 513-244-2214.
Re-Engage: Getting Started
The first steps in pursuing postsecondary education are to figure out how to get started and how to navigate all the red tape. Students are bombarded with advertisements and opinions about what degree they should choose and what college or program will help them “get a degree fast.” We meet with each student one-on-one to begin the process of aligning the students’ goals with potential opportunities. Enrollment is open to students from all geographic regions and all people with a high school diploma or GED.
Prepare: Brush Up on Your Skills
We believe that each student should have the opportunity to brush up on skills and gain some “college knowledge” before they enroll and have to pay for college classes. Students are often eager to jump right into college because they are excited and ready to learn. We want to capture this enthusiasm and help students prepare for college and help them become more comfortable with the ins and outs of higher education.
Our goal is to offer each student the opportunity to engage in a:
- Review of mathematics, writing, and critical thinking exercises
- Introduction to college learning (lecture setting, note-taking, reading a syllabus, etc.)
- Practice of keyboard typing and be able to type at least 20 words per minute
- Overview of “college knowledge” so that students can navigate and understand financial aid, college requirements, how to get around campus, how to purchase books, etc.
Enroll: Starting College and Securing Financial Aid
After students have prepared for college, our next step is to offer help with college access. Navigating college admission and securing financial aid are very tricky tasks. Each student will engage with our Education Counselor throughout the entire enrollment process to help him/her learn to navigate enrollment, registration, financial aid, and degree planning. We help students enroll in any college, with the exception of proprietary schools.
What We Do
We help each student: apply for admission, complete the financial aid application (FAFSA), complete all additional financial aid paperwork, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and get the materials they need to get started.
Advance: Succeeding in College
Once a student is enrolled in college we offer ongoing support and guidance to help each student continue to succeed. Our goal is to help students access all of the opportunities for support so that they can seek guidance when needed. All students can continue to get assistance from our Education Counselors and tutoring center throughout their college journey. Our goal is that each student gets the best opportunity to advance in college and earn their intended certificate and/or degree.
- Ongoing Support
- Free, on-site childcare
- Tutoring center
- Transportation assistance
- Academic counseling
- Financial aid advising
Each semester we accept a group of students into our Bridge Fellows cohort program. Bridge Fellows are students who are devoted to their goals and want to engage with our support beyond a one-time visit. Any student is eligible to apply to the program and acceptance is based on a students desire to participate. Only Bridge Fellows are eligible for our Bridge Scholarship and each Fellow is eligible for help purchasing books and school supplies.