The BRIDGE project will provide education, training, and placement services to more than 1,000 veterans, and incumbent, dislocated, or unemployed workers in the greater San Diego region. The grant facilitates connecting individuals to employment in biotechnology and the life sciences.
Programs offered through this project include noncredit training and community college and university education for individuals at high school, associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degree levels. These programs and additional services are designed to broaden opportunities for veterans, active duty military, and other members of the military community as well as unemployed, dislocated and incumbent workers by formalizing the connections between education/training and career pathways in biotechnology and the life sciences.
The BRIDGE project is designed to provide pathways to employment for students in high school through to students with advanced graduate degrees. Eligible students may enter and leave the project at various points having connected to biotechnology/life sciences companies through successful completion of one or more programs including practicum and/or internship experiences.
We are currently in the start-up phase of this project working very closely with grant partners and supporters. We are developing our website and will be adding information as soon as it is available. To ensure that you obtain the latest information about the project, please be sure to visit this web site from time to time. To join our inquiry list and receive periodic BRIDGE project updates, please complete the form on this webpage.
The California Department of Labor awarded the San Diego region with a $4 million grant to implement new workforce training programs for careers in the emerging biofuels industry. The San Diego Biofuels Initiative, a collaborative effort including CleanTECH San Diego, BIOCOM, BIOCOM Institute, San Diego Regional EDC, San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB) and the San Diego Workforce Partnership,captured the grant through the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency's "Green Innovation Challenge."