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Foster Bridge Program

Assisting Former Foster Youth Transition to Employment, Technical Careers, or College

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The Bridge program is an academic community designed for primarily aging-out foster youth to successfully transition into college and/or vocational training opportunities. Students must possess a G.E.D. or high school diploma and be between the ages of 18-21.  

The Bridge program offers the following areas of support:
• Peer group support
• Academic tutoring for success in learning
• Locating housing
• Working with classroom faculty
• Financial planning and application for aid/ scholarships/ and grants
• Working through personal challenges and barriers to success
• Career exploration
• Employment search
• Locating Child Care and
• Transportation
• Priority Registration - For former foster youth (up to age 24)

Bridge is a one semester academic cohort consisting of English 262/252 or 126/125, Math 260B,C,D or 255, Counseling 53 – College & Life Management, and one elective toward the student’s chosen major. Bridge accepts applicants every fall and spring semester. Through course topics, guest speakers, and field trips, students will have an opportunity to explore various career/vocational opportunities at Fresno City College.

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Students will be able to monitor their academic standing through regular progress reports and get additional academic support through weekly tutoring. Throughout the semester students attend bi-monthly meetings among faculty & support agencies in order to provide feedback on their experience in the program and to meet members of their support team. The team includes an academic counselor, Bridge faculty, and outside agencies working closely with students on their academic/vocational path.

The Bridge program is a collaborative effort provided by: Fresno City College, Arbor Education & Training, Department of Children and Family Services, and the Fresno County Workforce Investment Board. For more information please contact the Bridge counselor, Alexandra Gonzales at (559) 442-4600 Ext. 8677 or e-mail


Last updated: 1/23/2015 10:48:48 AM