My First Job

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Chief Holmes

Find out how Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes got his start in the world of work. As a student, Chief Holmes worked at the local grocery store. He tells about learning some skills that serve him well as leader of a department and also offers advice for students on how to present themselves when applying
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Principal Rankin

Find out how Pequot Lakes High School Principal Mr. Rankin got his start in the world of work. He tells about his work experience growing up on the farm and relates some of the tough lessons he learned about getting the job done. See all “My First Job” videos.
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Principal Bjorge

Find out how Little Falls, Minnesota High School principal Mr. Bjorge got his start in the world of work. As a student he worked in the supply depot at Camp Ripley. He will explain how some skills he learned in that first job have served him well throughout his career as an educator. See all
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Principal Schmidt

Find out how Staples Motley High School Principal Mr.  Schmidt got his start in the world of work. He shares some advice on how to present yourself when applying for work and what your appearance and attitude say about your commitment to the job. See all “My First Job” videos.
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Mrs. Hutchison

Find out how Pillager High School Teacher Mrs. Hutchison got her first job. She explains her experience as a 15 year old starting her first job on the tray line in the kitchen at St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Brainerd, MN). She also has some great advice on managing your work schedule around school, sports, and
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Principal Christensen

Find out how Crosby Ironton High School Principal Mr. Christensen started off in the working world as a teenager. Learn what he thinks everyone needs to know in their first job. See all “My First Job” videos.
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Officer Schreifels

Find out how Brainerd Police Officer Schreifels started off in the working world as a teenager. Learn what he discovered in his first job that turned out to be important in his career in law enforcement. See all “My First Job” videos.

Career Exploration Day

Next event: March 4, 2016

The Bridges annual Career Exploration Day event showcases more than 150 regional high-demand careers with hands-on demonstrations, simulators and breakout sessions.  Next year's event will be held Central Lakes College's Brainerd campus in March 4, 2016. Find out more >

    Thousands of high school students participate in the annual Bridges Career Exploration Day.

Speakers in the Classroom

Industry spotlight: Manufacturing

Click to watch! Learn more about these high-demand, high-paying  jobs. Listen to a former CLC student and a local CEO about the opportunities in this growing industry. View more local career options


The Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection is coordinated and supported by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and it’s Education Association, and Central Lakes College, in partnership with participating school districts, on behalf of our future workforce, in grades 9-12. Funding is provided in part by the following funding organizations: Blandin Foundation, Brainerd Area Rotary Club, Brainerd Area Sertoma Club, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, Central Lakes Carl Perkins Consortium Funding, Crow Wing Power, Initiative Foundation, MicroNet/ChamberMaster, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, National Joint Powers Alliance, Otto Bremer Foundation, Region Five Development Commission and the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (Rural MN Cep).