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Historically, Bridges has hosted the Career Exploration Day, an annual special event offering more than 2,500 high school students from 28 local school districts a unique way to meet business professionals and explore careers. Due to Covid-19, Bridges will again not be hosting this event in 2022. Instead, Bridges is offering students an opportunity to explore the hundreds of careers available to them and to better understand local career options.

Watch this short video to learn how this new website works and how to incorporate it into your classroom or career-readiness activities. If you have additional questions, contact Kathy Moore.

Enhance Student Learning by:

Using this website as:

  • an individual, class, or small group class activity by having students complete the Game Card for extra credit, an assignment, or class project
  • a Bridges Academy career experience requirement
  • a class lesson in student-teacher advisory time
  • an AVID classroom activity (individual or team assignments)

Include in your PLC Meetings— strategize with your colleagues to promote website career-related classroom activities at your school

Hold preparatory student discussions, such as:

  • the type of lifestyle their career choices might provide
  • the effect that post-secondary education can have on employment and salary
  • your own experiences in the job market and your career planning process
  • the importance of career management as a life-long process

Post website/follow-up:

  • Invite guest speakers to talk about their career journeys and the importance of goal setting
  • Invite employers, or workforce professionals to your class to discuss the world of work, the importance of career management, and employer expectations.

Visit the Educators Resource page for more ideas!

Student PRIZES for time spent on this site from March 4 - April 1, 2022

During the promotion period of March 4 – April 1, 2022, students have an opportunity to be entered into up to THREE prize drawings:

  • Career Badge Prizes:
    • When students reach the 3rd badge level, they will automatically be entered into a random drawing for $10 gift card.
    • When students reach the 4th career badge level, they will be offered an opportunity to complete a survey. Students who complete the survey, will be entered into a prize drawing for $100.
  • Game Card Prize: If students complete and return the GAME CARD by April 1, they will also be entered into a BONUS random drawing, again for a $10 gift card. If you want students to turn in the game card to you, simply mail them to Bridges (224 West Washington Street, Brainerd, MN 56401, and postmarked by April 2, 2022), upload it here (this upload option is only available to people with a google account), or email to info@BridgesConnection.org.

Q&A Training Sessions for Instructors

Attend one of these quick training sessions to learn how to use theGameofCareers website in your classroom!

Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 3:30 - 4 pm
Tuesday's zoom link
password: Bridges

Wednesday, Feb 16 from 7:30 - 8 am
Wednesday's zoom link
password: Bridges

Helpful Download

 

Program Goal
To promote regional career opportunities by leading and encouraging students to
explore pathways that meet their skills, interests and abilities

 

Features of Bridges new online career exploration experience:

  • The website offers 10 industries from our communities to explore, featuring 67 popular local careers.
    • Links for related careers expand the potential exploration to include more than 200 additional possible career options.
  • Interactive, career-based skills labs, simulations and activities (labeled as Career Skills Activity) offer students virtual insight into what each career is like.
    • These activities aren't supposed to be instructive (teaching the students knowledge or a skill), but rather offer an interactive sample of what future education/experiences in this career field might be like.
  • The Ask A Professional feature allows students to read career-related questions answered by regional professionals and post-secondary partners.
  • Professionalism is expected. Just like attending the in-person event, it is a privilege for students to be afforded this opportunity.

 

This Bridges initiative is funded in part by Sourcewell and the Central Lakes Perkins Consortium. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber appreciates its continued partnerships with Central Lakes College on this project.