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NewBridge overview

NewBridge prepares adults for careers.

NewBridge’s vocational training is distinctive for our market-based approach. We meet with local hospitals and other institutions to gauge employment needs. Then we work with those employers to develop coursework that prepares students for in-demand careers.

NewBridge is focused on careers – good paying jobs that include health insurance and opportunities for advancement.

Our current adult training programs prepare graduates for careers as pharmacy technicians or phlebotomists, professionals who draw blood. NewBridge adult programs offer:

  • Curriculum developed in association with the region’s largest health care employers.
  • Internships with local health care institutions and pharmacies, providing students with real-world experience.
  • Good job prospects. Demand nationwide for pharmacy technicians and phlebotomists is expected to grow by 25% and 14%, respectively, by 2018.
  • Good pay. On average, professionals in both fields command annual salaries topping $30,000, including benefits. In comparison, a minimum wage worker is paid $15,000 annually.

NewBridge exposes youth to the digital arts and more.

NewBridge offers a rigorous, year-round, after school arts-based program for local high school students.

NewBridge uses a combination of high-tech gadgetry, compelling classes, and caring adults to help youth explore the arts and pursue their education in high school and beyond. Students are typically referred to NewBridge by teachers or other mentors. Classes are free, but students are required to maintain a good record of attendance and behavior.

Youth classes at NewBridge include ceramics, digital arts and multimedia entertainment, including video and sound production. Courses offer hands-on instruction, allowing students to shape their own pottery, snap their own photographs, or work high-tech equipment to record and mix music. Courses include:

  • Experienced instructors who are also accomplished, working artists.
  • Access to the latest equipment through weekly open studio sessions.
  • Encouragement and support from adults who care.

NewBridge uses a proven model.

“Change the environment. Change the assumptions. People are capable of extraordinary things.”

—Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Bidwell and inspiration for NewBridge

NewBridge is based on Bill Strickland’s belief that environment shapes behavior. Our classes are held in a contemporary high-tech building, filled with art and light, that’s fully equipped with classrooms, computer labs, and art studios.

It’s the same approach used by Manchester Bidwell, Strickland’s jobs and arts program. Since 1972, Manchester Bidwell in Pittsburgh has attracted national recognition for its market-relevant career training programs that lead to employment.

Each year at Manchester Bidwell:

  • 85% of adult graduates get jobs
  • 90% of youth in its arts program graduate from high school, and many continue on to college

NewBridge joins three centers nationwide, replicating Manchester Bidwell and Strickland’s theories of adult and youth training. Others are in Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each enjoys high graduation and job placement rates.

>> Learn more about Bill Strickland

>> Visit Manchester Bidwell, Strickland’s Pittsburgh center

>> Visit WMCAT, the Western Michigan Center for Arts & Technology