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  • Writer's pictureChristy Bertolo

BridgED Partners with Big Walnut Local Schools to Enhance Career Awareness and Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Columbus, OH - June 3, 2024 - BridgED, a leading provider of innovative career programming solutions, is thrilled to announce its partnership with Big Walnut Local Schools to support career awareness, access, and work-based learning for students, parents, and teachers. This partnership aims to deliver comprehensive career-related programs throughout the 2024-2025 school year.

BridgED will collaborate closely with a dedicated team of principals, curriculum developers, counselors, and teachers within the Big Walnut district to design and implement dynamic career education initiatives. These initiatives will provide students with valuable insights into various career paths, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in their future endeavors.

"We are excited to partner with Big Walnut Local Schools to enhance the career readiness of their students," said Chris Svec, Co-Founder of BridgED. "By working together, we can create meaningful opportunities that connect classroom learning with real-world experiences, ultimately preparing students for the workforce (after, or in lieu of college).

"As part of this collaboration, BridgED will build relationships with five prominent companies across diverse industries, including technology, healthcare, construction, life sciences, and the chamber of commerce. These partnerships will activate work-based learning programs and offer students experiences through internships, job shadowing, and project-based learning opportunities.

Ryan McLane, Superintendent of Big Walnut Local Schools, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, "We are committed to providing our students with the best possible resources to help them achieve their goals of enlisting in the military, enrolling in education after high school, or becoming employed in the workforce. Partnering with BridgED allows us to expand our career education offerings, build stronger connections with regional and local businesses, and improve our ability to inspire and guide our students.

"The career-related programming will begin with awareness for exposure to a wide variety of career fields before narrowing towards more work-based opportunities like internships, shadowing and more.


About BridgED BridgED is dedicated to bridging the gap between education and the workforce by providing innovative career education solutions. Through partnerships with schools, businesses, and community organizations, BridgED delivers programs that prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning.

About Big Walnut Local Schools Big Walnut Local Schools is committed to inspiring and guiding students to their maximum potential in a safe and nurturing environment. The district emphasizes academic excellence, character development, and career readiness to ensure that every student is prepared for success in a dynamic world.

BridgED Media Contact:

Christy Bertolo

Co-Founder BridgED


Mike Robertson

Director of Academic Achievement

Big Walnut Local Schools


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