Bridge Year is the right next step for a small number of students after they complete the 2-year core curriculum. In Bridge Year, students refine their vocational skills and independent living skills while continuing to have the support of on-campus residential life.
Bridge Year is a 9-month program that a small number of students enroll in after graduating from the 2-year core program. It is designed to help students strengthen vocational, independent living, and social skills in a structured setting.
In Bridge Year, you'll live on campus in the residence halls, typically in a single room, while engaging in coursework and advising. After Bridge Year, most students enroll in Transition Year where they make the move to an off-campus apartment and seek paid employment.
You'll work 4 days per week in an internship and take 4 required classes that are designed to help you work toward independence and further develop your employment skills.
Vocational Advising (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)You'll be placed in a 9-month internship on or off campus, take a weekly advising class with your Vocational Advisor, and meet with on-site supervisors about your progress in the job.
Vocational advising in Bridge Year is designed to get you ready forpaid employment next year (Transition Year).
Taking Responsibility Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)You'll learn how to exercise responsibility in independent living, including self-care, problem solving, social interactions, using community resources, health management, and job seeking.
Finance Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)You'll begin preparing a budget for when you live in an apartment next year, and learn how to pay bills.
Cooking Course (2 semesters, 2 hours/week)You'll build upon the meal planning, shopping, and cooking skills you learned in Year 2.
"Bridge Year gave me the extra time and practice I needed to feel confident about living on my own. I'm now in my fifth year of living independently!"
—Bridge Year Graduate
"The Threshold curriculum is based on real-world knowledge, and the staff are involved in every aspect of the each student's life. They are talented educators who support their students and guide them toward independence."
–Mame K., mother of Victor, a Bridge Year student
Physical Fitness Course (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)We'll review how to use various fitness equipment. You'll also maintain a personal workout sheet so you can track your fitness goals and improvement.
Electives (2 semesters, 50 minutes/week)
Similar to Years 1 and 2, you can take an elective in improv, dance, creative writing, or visual art.
Students participate in an informal admissions process during spring of their second year. Admissions decisions are made in late March and are based on the students' performance during their second year, as evaluated by Threshold faculty. Students must demonstrate motivation to build upon social, job, and life skills.
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