TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — High school students are invited to participate in the Life After High School career and college planning program offered by Learning Bridge of the Sierra, a nonprofit organization that offers affordable and personalized educational services for Truckee Tahoe teens and adults. Classes and workshops are offered in Truckee, Kings Beach and North Tahoe.
“Our commitment to high standards and completely personalized career and college planning services make it possible for teens to reach their goals in a very low cost and highly supportive learning environment. Learning Bridge provides outstanding educational and career focused opportunities as a pathway to a better life,” explains Emily Wexler, who runs Learning Bridge of the Sierra with Heather Urrea Sullivan, a certified bilingual cross-cultural language in academic development (BCLAD) teacher.
In addition to Life After High School (career and college planning program), Learning Bridge’s core programs include computer classes in English and Spanish, English and Spanish literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL) and certificates through the Mexican Ministry of Public Education.
Life After High School Program
It is not too late for high school juniors to take advantage of Learning Bridge’s rigorous program for college bound students. Life After High School begins with a free introductory meeting to review transcripts and test scores in the context of the student’s education and career goals. After the free introduction, students who begin the program will receive extensive support including a place to explore career options by using internet based assessment tools and practical information about federal and state funds available for post-secondary education. Wexler works individually with each student to create a personal plan to reach career goals. This process includes a personalized college list, assistance throughout the application process and coaching on scholarship and financial aid documentation.
“This is such a wonderful program! My sister and I both benefited so much and Emily Wexler completely took out the intimidation factor of college. I literally got into college because of this program and I hope other students will explore all the wonderful opportunities that are offered here,” said Victoria. “The hands-on help and the step by step processes of applications and other help is so useful in a time when you are expected to figure out so much of it on your own. This simplified so many things and made me feel at ease when the stressful topic of college was brought up.”
“No one should be left out,” explains Wexler. “Fees are based on financial need. Students from high income families benefit from an excellent service while students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, receive the same level of service at no cost.” Families in the middle invest a few hundred dollars for an outstanding program.
All interested students can sign up for an introductory meeting at www.learningbridgesierra.org. Select “make an appointment,” select location of choice (Truckee, Kings Beach, or North Tahoe), and choose from the available times.
About Learning Bridge
Learning Bridge of the Sierra provides career and educational opportunities as a pathway to a better life and greater economic success for Tahoe Truckee adults and teens through two primary programs: Adult Education and Life After High School. All of the adult literacy and computer classes are available in English and Spanish. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Learning Bridge programs are available to the entire community based on financial need. Donations are always appreciated and ensure no students are ever turned away. For more information visit www.learningbridgesierra.org. For more information about ESL and literacy classes, call Heather Urrea Sullivan at 530-906-9556.