Bridge to the Future Summer Program
Session I: June 5 to
June 30, 2017
Offered in Mankato, Fairmont and Shakopee.
Session II: July 10 to
August 4, 2017
Offered in Mankato and Fairmont
Session III: July 17th to August 11
Offered in Shakopee
9:00 to 11:30 - Classroom Training
11:30 to 12:00 - Lunch
12:00 to 3:00 - Community work experience at two sites in four weeks. Two groups of three participants will work with an on-site training consultant providing direction. They will receive an hourly stipend.
9:00 to 3:00 - One day each week, participants discuss what they’ve learned. In addition, this day is used to
take field trips, visit business sites, host guest speakers, and learn how to use public transportation.
$2500.00 per session,
intake fee $125
MRCI’s Bridge to the Future Summer Training Program will provide participants with the tools they need for a successful transition into the world of work. The four week sessions will provide training in job search/retention techniques while building participants’ self-confidence and accountability. The program offers a stimulating curriculum as well as a solid, practical introduction of the skills needed to achieve successful employment.
Both Classroom and Real World Work Experiences
MRCI’s Bridge to the Future Summer Training Program provides both classroom instruction and real world work experiences to help participants navigate our world of work. Currently, the program is only available in the Greater Mankato area.
Through the utilization of the “Why Try” program curriculum, focus is placed on the concepts of boundaries, assertiveness, goal setting, motivation and personal choices. Participants will learn those tools needed to build self-confidence, independence and accountability. The program will additionally include techniques of basic computer searches, training in basic money management and training in using public transportation systems. Participants will have a community work site experience four days a week; they will receive an hourly stipend. The participants will go in groups of three to two different community work sites in four weeks. They will be accompanied by a training consultant who will remain on site to provide direction and immediate feedback.
MRCI WorkSource recognizes the value in offering programs that support people in navigating into the world of work. Bridge to the Future is designed to provide those necessary tools. It is grounded in the concept of building meaningful and productive partnerships with participants, their teams, families, school staff, Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the private business sector. The Bridge to the Future Program was developed to provide participants with the option to learn, explore, learn socialization techniques, identify interests and abilities and have solid exposure to achieving success in the world of work.
A planning conference will be scheduled upon program completion. A written assessment of participants’ work abilities and interests will be provided for planning purposes.