Mission and History

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MISSION

Our mission is to provide support, resources, and guidance to postsecondary students with learning differences as they transition to, persist and succeed in their higher educational and vocational endeavors.

WHO WE ARE

NorthBridge empowers young adults with learning differences to move from lives of dependence to independence by giving them the skills and support to succeed in college and beyond.

THEORY OF CHANGE

NorthBridge was founded on the principle that college-age young adults with learning differences can excel in postsecondary education with specialized and individualized support. NorthBridge provides students with a multi-layered support system that focuses on both academic success and personal development.

The NorthBridge program includes:

  • Individualized academic advisement
  • Weekly academic support sessions
  • Student success workshops
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Coordinated social events

HISTORY

NorthBridge began as the Bridgeway Transition Program when in 2011 high school educators from New Way Academy recognized the need for a comprehensive college support program for students who learn differently. Beginning with just ten students and two staff members the program quickly showed great promise as the students experienced both academic and social success. By 2014, the program had tripled in size. Twelve students had earned degrees and the organization underwent a name change and became NorthBridge College Success Program.
NorthBridge continues to celebrate its success as more students graduate every year. The program is growing exponentially through satellite sites at Glendale and Paradise Valley Community Colleges. We’ve also been recognized by the Arizona Commission of Postsecondary Education with the Pathways to Postsecondary Education Award in 2015. As the only Postsecondary Transition and Success Program for students with learning differences in Maricopa County, NorthBridge is excited to provide new services, expand to new sites and help more students achieve their postsecondary goals.

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