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Bridges - Connecting students with professionals

About Bridges

Bridges Huntsville/Madison County is a professional and social development program for co-ops, interns and recent college graduates presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. It is designed to help young, entry-level professionals bridge the gap between school and career while learning more about living, working and playing in Huntsville/Madison County. Participants and their employers agree, the Bridges program helps new workers make personal, professional and social connections that keep them in Huntsville/Madison County.

Live, Work and Play

A great job is only one motivator for today’s young professionals. In order to attract and retain them in the community, employers must help show them that Huntsville/Madison County is a smart place to live, work and play. The booming economy offers plenty of opportunities for all types of workers, and entrepreneurs thrive in the technology-driven market. Affordable apartments or starter homes, sun-belt weather and short commutes provide attractive alternatives to other metropolitan areas, and there are artistic and recreational opportunities for all levels of creativity and activity. A wide variety of social and civic organizations provide the balance between work and play that today’s young professionals demand.

Program Details

Bridges is a fun, interactive program that brings together young professionals from different work environments to meet their peers while learning more about the community. Over three half-days, participants learn about the rich history and exciting future of Huntsville/Madison County. Each session begins with lunch on site or at a local restaurant. Teamwork and problem-solving skills are sharpened on a ropes course, and workshops cover topics such as leadership, advanced degree programs and generational differences in the workplace. Information on cost of living, hands-on volunteer opportunities and one-on-one discussions with leaders in local young professional groups show participants why Huntsville/Madison County is such a great choice for today’s twenty-somethings.

Application Process

Classes are held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Applications are now being accepted for Bridges Class 13.

Dates for Class 13:

  • Wednesday, April 4
  • Wednesday, April 11
  • Wednesday, April 18

Application Deadline: Friday, March 23.

Class selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Diverse group of co-ops, interns and recent college graduates
  • Recommendation from employer
  • Commitment of necessary time and effort to complete the program*

If accepted into the program, tuition of $100 per person will be due from the employer prior to the first session. A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations received prior to the first class. Substitutions will not be accepted. Tuition is non-refundable for failure to attend or complete the classes.

Contact Amanda Bishop for more information at abishop@hsvchamber.org or 256-535-2032.

*Participants must provide their own transportation.

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Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County
225 Church Street, Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: (256) 535-2000 | Fax: (256) 535-2015 | info@hsvchamber.org
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