As students in the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program begin to prepare for graduation, facilitators Ms. Donna Mansolillo and Ms. Kathy Gorman-Gard wanted to invite guest speakers in various careers to come and share their career journey with  their students. When the teachers reached out to HDS Foundation Program Manager, Liz Falk about their idea, Liz immediately began researching who she could find to come and speak to the students in person or via Zoom.  Over the 6 weeks, students have had the opportunity to hear from a Music Composer, Digital Artist, Cybersecurity Officer, Microsoft Education Team and a Voice Actor, all career that the students are interested in pursuing once they graduate.

 Each guest shared with the students their background and what led them to their current career. They also shared the necessary education that is needed for the career and a description of their job and  responsibilities.

Students each asked the guest speakers a variety of questions from what the highlights of the job were, as well as the things they didn’t like. Even the teachers were interested and had a few questions of their own.

Special thanks to the following guest speakers for taking time out of their busy work schedules to share their knowledge with the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students: Erica Gard (Music Composer), Mike Spring (Digital Artist), Cristina Molina (Voice Actor) and Microsoft Educational Team (Joey Laguardia,  Ms. Juliana Gonzalez, Mr. Kenny Barrow and Ms. Lilia Fratini).

Stay tuned as our B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students will have the opportunity to meet with an Astronomer, Lego Employee and Marine Biologist (in training)!