Connecting students with the workplace

Bridges Career Academies

Connecting students with the workplace

Bridges Career Academies

Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection

Finding skilled workers is one of the toughest challenges facing our members today. In this tight labor market, the Chamber has prioritized efforts to introduce local students to great career opportunities right here in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Partnering with 28 regional high schools and dozens of Chamber members, we organize interactive business tours, classroom speakers, internships, and a variety of courses featuring real world experiences. With our flagship Career Exploration Day every March, we welcome more than 2,500 students to Central Lakes College for a spectacular learning event that helps students choose their career pathway.

These programs have inspired students to land local jobs after high school or return to the area after college. The Chamber loves our kids and wants everyone to be successful!

We’re proud to receive funding and ongoing support from Sourcewell, the Central Lakes Perkins Consortium, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, Initiative Foundation, and the Minnesota Chamber’s Business Education Networks.

Visit the Bridges website or contact Executive Director Mary Gottsch for more info!

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