Galveston College recently named Doreen Bridges as grant navigator for the Galveston College Quickstart+ program, a position that provides mentorship and assists students in connecting their academic, personal and professional goals to achieve the ultimate objective of employment.
Bridges started her career in higher education as a student worker while earning an Associate of Arts in Education degree. She continued to the University of Houston-Clear Lake for a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. She then completed her Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Education from Grand Canyon University. Her original plan was to teach middle school, but she found her niche in advising. She said it was an opportunity for her to make a difference in helping others achieve academic and professional success.
As grant navigator for the Quickstart+ program, Bridges has already developed relationships with the local community and businesses for both student employment and outreach.
“We are excited to have Doreen on our Continuing Education team here at Galveston College,” said Dr. Rebecca Stout, director of Continuing Education. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience in working with students to our Quickstart+ program, and will be a great asset to the college in mentoring students and networking with businesses and community organizations in our region.”
Bridges is available to guide students through the process of completing the Quickstart+ program and to speak with community organizations, corporations and church groups about the free training program.
Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant, Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.
In the eight-week programs, students are presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also receive career counseling and job placement assistance.
Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.
An individual applying to a Quickstart+ program must
–be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
–be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
–meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
–have a working computer and internet access.
–have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).
Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the grant navigator and bring the required documents.
For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/cefree/ and contact Bridges at email@example.com.