Bridge programs prepare individuals with low educational attainment and limited skills for entry into a higher education level, occupational skills training, or career-track jobs, building the competencies necessary for work and education alongside career and supportive services. Bridge programs contextualize programming to a specific industry sector and have established relationships with partners (occupational training, education, and/or specific sector employment) who inform program design and serve as the primary destination for program participants.*
Bridge programs pair educational instruction and workforce development services using one of two approaches:
* This definition of bridge programs is New York City’s standard definition.
The NYC Bridge Bank is a repository of open-source curricula and program development resources. While materials need to be adapted to your targeted sector, program, learner population, or local employers’ needs, these resources offer strong starting points for customization.
The collection of materials on this site will be updated throughout the year as new open-source materials are identified/created.