All of our programs welcome students with all disabilities and learning differences. They are also without cost to the students as funding is provided by government programs, and donors.
More information on the program and how to apply is provided below.
The Bridge to Opportunity program is an IT training and certification program specifically develop and fully accessible for persons with disabilities. It leverages the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum, and is delivered through a public/private partners in each community we serve.
We have active programs in numerous locations across the US, and Africa. We also have programs in Central Euope. Many of these programs also welcome virtual participation which allows student participation from anywhere.
We are proud of all our students and partners that have helped us achieve great results. Over 90% of our students graduate, achieve their certification leading to employment.
The MRC Academy operated by Holyoke and Roxbury Community Colleges and orchestrated by the Massachusetts Reabilitation Commission.
The NIB Bridge Academy operated by the National Industries for the Blind.
The Kenya IT Bridge Academy operated by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) and orchestrated by Sighsavers International.
The South Africa Bridge Academy operated by Bradshaw Leroux will be launching soon.
The Green Fox Bridge Academy operated by the Green Fox Academy will be launching soon.
The BIT Bridge Academy operated by the Blind Institute of Technology will be launching soon.
The BDI Bridge Academy operated by the Bobby Dodd Institute.
The Beacon Bridge Academy operated by Beacon College will be launching soon.
The Nigeria IT Bridge Academy orchestrated by Sighsavers International will be launching soon.
Our foundational program that leads to a role as an IT Technician is typically 20 weeks. Our more advanced program that leads to a role as an IT analyst or junior cyber analyst is typically 40 weeks of training.
Candidates typically should have a documente disability, a high school diploma or GED, 11th grade reading and math, and interest in Information Technology.
The foundational IT program we offer uses the Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) curriculum and certification program. The more advanced program we offer utilizes the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum and certification.
We utilize the certification program provided by Cisco Systems. Jobs are not dependent on Cisco, or only for Cisco technology. We use the Cisco curriculum and certification program because it is globally recognized, portable anywhere in the world, provides a good IT foundation, is a very mature and comprehensive curriculum, and leads to a meaningful IT job.