The Bridge Program is a training opportunity for CBVI consumers who are receiving vocational rehabilitation services and are interested in learning specific computer applications as a prelude to attending community-based schools, college, or work.
Instruction focuses on the interface between adaptive technology, such as screen readers and large print, and the following computer applications: Microsoft Word and Excel, Internet, and E-mail.
CBVI views this training opportunity as a “bridge” to further both educational and career-oriented pursuits; therefore, once the consumer has completed the training, he/she will be better prepared to transition into mainstream arenas.
The training is held at the Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC) in New Brunswick. The program is held for 4 weeks, four full days per week, Monday to Thursday, from 9AM to 4PM, with one hour for lunch. The morning session consists of classroom instruction, while the afternoon sessions are designated to the completion of special projects and homework assignments. Class size is limited to seven, in order to ensure that each student receives individualized attention.
An added dimension to the program is a resume writing component, taught by the JKTC Vocational Staff. After completion of the Bridge program, each student will graduate with a professional resume, which may be presented to prospective employers.
CBVI consumers interested in the Bridge Program should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.