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About Bridges

Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection is a workforce development initiative that connects high school students with the business community and post-secondary educational partnerships to be college and career ready.

VISION: Expand career awareness, exploration and preparation to ensure a viable workforce.

MISSION: Inspire career exploration and build connections.

Serving Minnesota’s Region 5 and Central Lakes Perkins Consortium, Bridges provides leadership that engages and empowers students and educational professionals to:

  • explore career pathways,
  • enhance partnership between education and the business community, inspire innovative ideas, and
  • promote regional career opportunities.

With input from our school and community stakeholders, we have redefined our programs into 3 service components: Career Awareness, Academic Enrichment and Career Experiences.

Established in 2007, Bridges is guided by the Bridges Leadership Council. Fiscal oversight is provided by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce's Education Association, a 501(c)(3). This Education Association administers all grants and financial reporting for Bridges. The Bridges Career Academies program is also advised by a special committee — the Academy Advisory Committee, which was established in 2017.

For more information, contact:

Mary Gottsch, (218) 822-7117
Executive Director