Job Training

IN AN ECONOMY that is demanding more skilled labor, many community colleges and high schools are having to evolve to keep up with the demand. Schools try to react to industry needs, but rarely capture the needs of the employer. This creates bloated curriculum that is not meeting employers needs and can waste state funds as well as employer's time and money.

Bridging the Gap works with employers and schools to help design compressed career pathways that meet the needs that employers have. Instead of training being designed by schools with little feedback from employers, Bridging the Gap walks through a discovery process with employers to find out what training is needed to get skilled candidates to their door. We then work with the local community colleges and high schools to design curriculum that meets the employer’s needs. This includes; length of the career pathway (weeks/months/years), training content and outcomes (competency based/evidence based/traditional), and employers long term needs for training (entry level only/entry level & mid level/apprenticeships).

These programs lead to employers that are looking for skilled employees and help employees move quickly through the company structure. Yes, some entry level positions do not require a certificate but we have found that employees who went through the course were promoted above their peers and retention was improved by nearly 75% for employers.

Training pathways are currently built for careers in Manufacturing, IT, and Healthcare. We are working on new programs in coding, welding, and agriculture.


  • Realistic training that meets the need of their specific industry

  • condensed training that focuses on core competencies needed at each level. This allows students to complete in a shorter amount of time with the skills needed at the entry level. 4-8 weeks on average compared to 2 years for most programs.

  • Stackable credentials and skills allow students to learn entry level, mid level, and professional level skills. They can take on more skills as they grow with a company which makes them more valuable/productive over time.

  • Building career pathways that lead from high schools to college to employment can help build a strong talent pipeline that drives more interest in sometimes perceived “dull” industries.


  • Bridging the Gap engages students in the classroom, debunking myths about in demand industries and garnering interest in modern skilled careers. Bridging the Gap provides purpose, motivation, and direction to students and leads them in the transition from student to employee.

  • High school students are able to complete a career pathway before graduation and be ready for employment upon graduation.

  • Students that enter the program through Bridging the Gap will be monitored through the process and will receive an interview with an employer upon completion. (No more applying online over and over again, Bridging the Gap candidates will be given an interview in the industry they choose.)

  • Bridging the Gap advocates to get the employee the best pay rate possible.

  • Underemployed candidates (Employees currently in the workforce making sub par wages i.e. Burger king, McDonalds, Low pay jobs.) Most of these candidates are turned away for lack of experience. Bridging the Gap helps these candidates receive training that can give them the skills necessary to find a job to improve their life - higher pay, health benefits, and better career outlook.


  • Courses are open to candidates aged 17+

  • Courses are funded through grants but will require a screening to judge employability.

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