We were inspired by our work with people with disabilities while during our "day job" we saw the huge challenges finding and retaining great IT talent. We started setting up train-to-hire academies that enabled people with disabilities to secure meaningful IT jobs. the "bridge" academy was born in 2017,
Many lives have been changed since then. Our candidates now had meaningful careers, and our employers had access to a huge global untapped talent pool. Our success led to further success. Fast foward to today where we have over 400 graduates from a number of locations in the US, Europe and Africa with a 90%+ average graduation and employment rate.
We are not trying to blanket the globe with programs or enrich ourselves. Our only ambition is helping the marginalzed who have the aspiration for a better life to achieve it.
Passionate advocates for the marginalized:
We leverage our success to create even greater impact.
Our approach is innovative and transformative.
We see the great potential to contribute to many organizations and many people and aspire to do so.
Enable employment of people with disabilities:
We unleash the potential of people with disabilities through employment and unlock their potential for them and the busiensses that employ them.
Our only ambition is to enable meaningful employment that transforms lives.
Our founder was inspired by an extraordinary encounter
His son was born with several physical and intellectual disabilities. His overachievement inspired us all.
We recognize the extraordinary characteristics people with disabilities have which makes them exceptional...and humans.
Pat is a retired IT Executive, who has dedicated his post-retirement work to advocating and enriching the lives of people with disabilities. Pat retired in 2017 as Vice President of Cloud Sales Strategy at Cisco Systems,
Founded and leads the Bridge to Opportunity program globally. Also serves on several non-profit boards,
Sarah Wang’ombe is a Social Inclusion Expert with extensive experience in multi-sectoral program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning processes with INGOs in humanitarian and development projects.
Sarah has deep expertise in program design and delivery. She works closely with our partners to launch and deliver great programs.
Allan is a very experienced and accomplished technical leader and Bridge to Opportunity academy instructor. He has achieved exceptional result in leading our programs in Nairobi Kenya.
Allan advises us on our technical currilculum and delivery model leveraging his great success in Nairobi. He also advises other instructors in other programs.
Rich is a very experienced and accomplished technical leader and instructor.
Rich leads our technical program design and curriculum architecture efforts. He also advises and mentors others "Bridge" academy instructors around the world.
Silvia is a gifted adminsitrative and operations leader that has driven many successful programs in both IT and Higher Education.
Silvia advises other Bridge to Opportunity Programs. She works closely with our partners to launch and deliver great programs.
Palak is a brilliant strategy professional with industry and development agencies expertise across the globe in business strategies, operating and business model design.
Palak advise guiding our program design and strategy and shares here deep expertise and insight.
Adjaoud (AJ) is an exceptional graduate of one of our bridge academy programs who aspires to teach this program. He has excelled in his studies, his highly motivated and gifted in IT, the bridge aademy program, and the student journey.
He advises us and some key porgrams on their delivery to maximize student success.
Hital has had a long and very successful career developing partnerships with organizations that offer certification based training. Hital is a gifted partner development professional and has a broad global network.
She is leading our efforts to develop programs in new markets.
Jacklyne is an enthusiastic, self-starter IT professional with years of experience in deploying, installing & troubleshooting computer networks including LAN/WAN technologies, wireless, among others. she has great administrative skills and also understands technology (as a Cisco certified Network Associate-CCNA).
She is a valuable member of our team and is involved in much of our work.
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