Empowering People to Flourish Through Education
Educational Bridge Center
The mission of Notre Dame Health Care’s Educational Bridge Center is to provide educational opportunities and related services for staff and community members who want to advance in their careers.
The Educational Bridge Center Today
Adult Basic Education is at the core of the Educational Bridge Center’s programming, as it stems directly from the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to “educate the poor in the poorest of places” and to “teach them what they need for life.”
The Notre Dame Educational Bridge Center, embracing the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to educate for life, is committed to advancing the care we provide to our residents and patients by fostering a culture of learning and growth for all of our employees.
We are committed to empowering all we serve within NDHC and the local community by providing the opportunity, guidance and support they need to attain their professional and personal goals in order to achieve career advancement and economic mobility.
The Educational Bridge Center will leverage its strengths and experience to become a strong work force development partner to the organization and to the broader community. The Educational Bridge Center will continue to be an essential program at NDHC and will be recognized as a point of distinction that will enhance NDHC’s ability to attract, recruit, and retain the best employees.
Through its programs and its integration within NDHC, the Educational Bridge Center will continue to be a vital link in the organization’s commitment to life-long learning, will help to promote campus unity and enhance the culture of NDHC.
A primary focus of the Educational Bridge Center is to support college-bound students who lack a high school diploma, which can be a barrier to career advancement. We also focus on assisting those who have come from other countries and need assistance improving their English.
The Educational Bridge Center building includes a quiet library learning center with wired study space for students who otherwise would not have access to the internet or an appropriate place to study, and more recently, we’ve added remote learning to broaden availability of education.
In addition, the Educational Bridge Center provides basic career coaching services and assists students in securing scholarships. More than $40,000 in scholarships has been awarded from Notre Dame Health Care and other organizations, including Wisdom’s Way, MA Senior Care Foundation, Long Term Care Financing Association, the Maranatha II Trust and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, services at NDEBC have gone “virtual.” The Adult Basic Education programs of HiSET/GED and English for the Workplace are currently being held via Zoom or Google classroom. NDEBC anticipates a hybrid or blended teaching option beginning in January 2022. Until the COVID-19 pandemic situation is resolved we expect to continue with virtual or hybrid courses.
Due to regulatory requirements governing healthcare settings, all program participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.