Postsecondary Bridging

Back on Track Designs

Reengaging Opportunity Youth

Reengaging youth and young adults who are off track to graduation, or disconnected from both education and work, and putting them on a path to postsecondary credentials.

Lili Allen
Associate Vice President, Reconnection Strategies and Designs
617.728.4446 x105
lallen@jff.org
@LiliAllen2

Postsecondary Bridging

Postsecondary Bridging builds college/career-ready skills and provides informed transition counseling.

Supported Dual Enrollment

  • Students enroll in credit-bearing courses to gain exposure to college experiences and expectations. First courses can be those that reinforce essential skills within a career context, enriched math and English gatekeeper courses, or first coursework towards a technical certificate.
  • Where appropriate, program takes advantage of accelerated or streamlined developmental education courses to build student skills and reduce time to completion.
  • First college courses explicitly model college instruction through the use of for example, syllabi, out-of-class assignments, college-style pedagogy and assessments (e.g. sophisticated papers, research projects, and presentations) and blended or on-line approaches.  
  • Program provides opportunities to take college courses accompanied by formal, intense academic support and scaffolding to ensure early college success.

A Focus on College Knowledge and Success Strategies

  • Program coaches students to develop college-ready academic behaviors, including study skills, digital literacy skills, time and stress management, persistence, and awareness of performance.
  • Students gain college navigation skills, learning about general and technical programs of study, admissions requirements, financial aid, college culture, campus resources, and relations with professors.
  • Program continues to develop the key cognitive strategies and content knowledge required for college success, such as formulating hypotheses, problem-solving, analyzing and evaluating findings, and understanding key foundational content in core subject areas.
  • Students receive college IDs providing access to college facilities (e.g., skills centers, library, gym, and cafeteria) and college email addresses.  

Personalized Guidance and Connection to Best Bets

  • Counselors use data such as attendance and assessment to monitor student progress toward the goal of entry into credit-bearing coursework and/or technical programs of study.
  • Whenever possible, program utilizes cohort-based approach to leverage peer connections, expand students’ social network and build additional postsecondary support using both face-to-face and online strategies.  
  • Program integrates intentional career exploration and planning that takes into account students’ career aspirations and labor market demand to help drive toward “best bet” postsecondary programs resulting in credentials with labor market value.
  • Program graduates who are currently enrolled in college mentor students in the bridge phase to guide their key decisions as they transition to postsecondary (face-to-face and/or online).