Grants support our ability to Inform, Connect, and Provide.
Building Bridges to Careers has been awarded grants which have been used to develop and build projects and events. All projects support career awareness and development for K-12 students in Washington County. The projects and events that were developed with the support of grant funds will need local funding to be sustained into the future.
A Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant funded the Problem Scenario Project, the startup of the BB2C website, and the continuation of the (MC)squared Science Collaborative program. Evaluation of programs was included in the funding.
Race to the Top grant funds, along with local donations, were used to add the Building Bridges to Careers Coordinator position.
Martha Holden Jennings continued to fund the Problem Scenario Project and the (MC)Squared Science Collaborative. Added to the grant during this year was the Business Directory and Family Career Awareness Day.
A grant from the Marietta Community Foundation added funds to support the Family Career Awareness Day and Meet a Scientist Day. Meet a Scientist Day is a culminating event for the (MC)squared Science Collaborative program.
The HealthPath Foundation offered a Community Connections grant meant to support an organization through the telling of stories. This opportunity was used by BB2C to develop the Career Pathway Stories project.
For a third year, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation supported BB2C projects. The 2015 grant supported the Problem Scenario Project and the (MC)squared Science Collaborative.
A new project was added this year, which is the Career Mentor program. A Department of Education grant, called the Community Connectors grant, was received to develop the concept and is being piloted by Marietta Middle School. Community Connectors grant funds also supported Family Career Awareness Day and the Career Pathway Stories.
Grants awarded during 2016 supported multiple BB2C programs. Martha Holden Jennings continued to fund the Problem Scenario Project, which is improved upon each year. This summer professional development program for teachers includes an established process for connecting students in their classrooms to local employers.
The Career Mentor program was funded for a second year through the Ohio Department of Education's Community Connectors grant. Year two of the program expanded to provide mentors for middle school students at Marietta Middle School and Warren Middle School.