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Career Bridges



Career Bridges - connecting students with a developmental disability to a career

We are proud to offer Career Bridges at our Harrisburg CampusIt is a nondegree program offering students with developmental disabilities opportunities for a future in integrated community employment.
 

What is Career Bridges?

The certificate program provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn career-related skills alongside peers without disabilities, experience campus life, network with peers and employers in an industry of interest, prepare to sit for industry-recognized exams and gain skills for integrated community employment.

Culinary Specialist Certificate
To earn your certificate of completion from the Career Bridges program, you must complete four (4) terms, which is two (2) years of school.

During the program, you will take the following courses:

  • Five (5) culinary courses
    • Sanitation and Safety
    • Basic Foods – Prep and Production
    • Restaurant Ops 3
    • Culinary Arts Internship
    • Applied Hospitality Math
  • Two (2) general education courses focused on essential employability skills and basic computer skills
  • At least six (6) hours of job shadowing in the first term
  • One (1) internship for an entire term (280 hours) working in a community dining establishment
  • A two (2)-hour instructional support class, which is held four (4) days each week during each term, and it will include:
    • Introductory materials and vocabulary related to the student’s certificate area
    • Financial literacy
    • OVR counseling for job searching and resume building

Nurse Aide Training Certificate
To earn your certificate of completion from the Career Bridges program, you must complete two (2) terms.

During the program, you will take the following courses:

  • Eight (8) weeks of the Nurse Aide Training Program to prepare for the state certification exam
  • Two (2) general education courses focused on essential employability skills and basic computer skills
  • Six (6) hours of job shadowing in the first term
  • At least 38.5 hours of clinical training in a long term residential facility in the community
  • Three and one half (3.5) hours of CPR/First Aid training
  • A two (2) -hour support class, which is held four (4) days each week during each term, and it will include:
    • Introductory materials and vocabulary related to the student’s certificate area
    • Financial literacy
    • OVR counseling for job searching and resume building

Who is eligible to apply?
Students who meet these requirements are eligible to apply:

  • You are 18-25 years old at the time of admission with a documented developmental disability.
  • You have graduated from high school.
  • You studied an alternate core curriculum in high school.
  • You are able to:
    • Demonstrate adequate communication skills
    • Navigate the Harrisburg Campus independently
    • Provide your own transportation to and from campus
    • Demonstrate socially acceptable, safe behaviors when unsupervised
    • Take your medications on your own if on daily medications
  • You are motivated to gain vocational skills for employment.
  • You meet the criteria for a specific career path of interest.
  • You are an OVR client.

When can I apply?
We encourage you to begin applying for Fall 2017! The number of students is limited. The application process is detailed below.

Dec. 1, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017 Applications accepted
February 2017 Applications reviewed and interviews are scheduled with selected students
March 2017 Interviews are conducted with selected students
By April 13, 2017 Students are notified if they are accepted into the program


Please note: If you are a recent high school graduate, the following documentation will be needed:

  • Re-evaluation report
  • Recent psychological report
  • High school transcript

Please note: If you have been out of high school for a couple of years, documentation from service organizations in which you are affiliated will be necessary. 

Please contact our Career Bridges coordinator if you have any questions about documentation.

How do I apply or get more information?
Please contact Linda Leavens, coordinator of Career Bridges:                   
One HACC Drive                   
Harrisburg, PA  17110                   
717-780-3221                   
lhleaven@hacc.edu

Career Bridges is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.