Bridging the Gap

West Virginia’s Bridging the Gap Consortium is led by BridgeValley and includes all nine community and technical colleges in the state.  This $25 million initiative is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Labor.  This project transforms academic programs in energy, manufacturing, information technology, and construction trades into career pathways with enhanced academic instruction.  Recruitment and retention efforts strive to increase the number of graduates with technical skills and industry creditials.   Another key goal of the Bridging the Gap Consortium is to create and promote innovative Registered Apprenticeship Programs by collaborating with industry leaders to foster  a culture of continuous improvement.   By utilizing an evidence-based design approach,  the grant focuses on three major areas:

  • Enhanced and accelerated sector-driven career pathways
  • Contextualized, online, blended, simulated, and remote academic instruction
  • Expanded and individualized student support strategies focused on strategic recruitment, college success courses, peer coaching, career planning, and data-driven decision-making

Contact

Rebecca Prokity, Associate Professor/BTG Institution Transformation Leader
1200 Science Park Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
Rebecca.Prokity@bridgevalley.edu
Phone: 304.205.6743
Fax: 304.734.6730

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