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Academy Basics

Bridges Career Academies are designed to build connections between classroom learning and the world of work. Academy courses are organized around a specific career pathway and are built in two ways: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary.

Disciplinary Academies are courses within a career technical education (CTE) department such as manufacturing or agriculture. Interdisciplinary Academies combine courses from other departments such as natural resources, art, and math to create a specific career-themed Academy.

All Academy course curriculum provide students with basic academic and technical/career skills along with employability skills that are essential to that career pathway. Another important aspect of the Academy courses is that students must participate in a business experience related to the Academy, for example: a business tour, job shadow or Bridges Career Exploration Day.

The Academy Development Application provides information related to the process for building and submitting the academy for approval. See your Academy Coordinator (info below) for more information and assistance.

Download our view our All Academies poster to learn more about our current academies.

Distance Learning

resources are available on our Educators Resources page.


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Bridges Academy Forms

For Teachers/Counselors

For Students:

Send completion application and student survey to:

Bridges Career Academies
224 West Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401


Learn more about Career Pathways


Contact Us!

For more information, contact your Bridges Career Academies Coordinator (map of region):

Northern Region: Judy Richer, (218) 760-7838
Southern RegionBetsy Picciano, (320) 260-1827