Bridge Program and Career Foundations are courses designed to remove barriers to career and college opportunities for adult education and workforce development program participants.
Skills addressed: Communication, Teamwork, Dependability, Problem solving, Technology Use
Bridge Program lesson plans
Career Foundations curriculum
Illinois-based non-profit Women Employed was founded nearly 50 years ago. Its mission is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. Career Foundations was envisioned as a series of steppingstones between adults without high school diplomas and high-skilled, high-pay careers. By introducing in-demand career pathways and associated skills into community programs and high school equivalency classes, Women Employed, in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago, created those steppingstones and streamlined pathways to employment and college. Corporate and community partners in this venture include Champion, JP Morgan Chase, Southwest Airlines, National ABLE Network, and the Chicago Foundation for Women.