Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C) is dedicated to bridging the gap between education and employment for all students by building community networks that provide students with experiences in a variety of career fields and help them attain their life goals. Working to coordinate, not duplicate, career development efforts in Washington County and the surrounding area, BB2C has developed multiple programs that connect students, parents, and teachers to local businesses and employers. Over the last six years, 2,800+ students have been directly impacted through the implementation of our projects because of the community partnerships that were created. BB2C is an Ohio state-registered non-profit organization and the Marietta Community Foundation is the fiscal agent allowing for grants and donations that support the developed projects.
Job shadowing and internships allow for students to gain firsthand experience with a career and with local employers. Career Mentoring and the Problem Scenario Project provide avenues for community adults and businesses to be a part of the school and the curriculum. Student Ambassadors develop leadership skills by connecting their peers to the BB2C opportunities. Career Pathway Stories allow for unlimited access to career pathway information, and the Family Career Awareness Day directly connects parents and their children to local employers. The Epicenter is a Youth and Entrepreneurial Development Center that brings the vision of BB2C to life by providing the area’s first small business incubator and community makerspace.
The projects of BB2C address the various facets of the community in order to engage them in youth, community, and economic development. Through the connections that are made and the information that we provide we are able to help our students experience success and our communities to prosper.