Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

It has been a year like no other at Cotting, many of our programs have quickly adjusted to the reality of COVID-19, still providing vital services to students and remaining connected with our community partners. One example is Project Bridges, a community-based volunteer work experience program inside Cotting School. Being community focused, the Project Bridges program has had to adapt to providing valuable experiences without physically being able to go into the community. Students in the program strive to build and sustain connections with community leaders- developing their vocational and transitional skills. We are proud and thankful for our relationships... Read More

Project Bridges at Lahey Clinic – The HR Experience

Project Bridges at Lahey Clinic – The HR Experience

We are happy to feature Lahey Clinic in Lexington in today’s blog post, as we wish to recognize 15 great years of partnership between Lahey and Project Bridges!  We currently have two Cotting students working at Lahey who are organizing and categorizing lab notes, as well as sorting mail.    The Human Resources interview procedure is what makes Lahey stand out among our many work sites.  As we think about preparing students to transition to work after Cotting someday, it is important to consider the interview process that typically occurs before a job.  As part of the Transition work we do... Read More

Cotting Students at Work in the Community!

Cotting Students at Work in the Community!

The school year is officially underway!  Our students are busy getting adjusted to their new classrooms, teachers, and friends.  For 46 of our students, spending time each week at one of 28 job sites will become a part of their weekly schedule beginning this week.  Mike Teuber, who has worked as a classroom teacher at Cotting for 17 years (8 years in the Upper School), is now Director of Transition Services and oversees the Project Bridges program at Cotting.  Students who are in their second year of upper school and who have completed a year of in-house prevocational experience are eligible... Read More

Project Bridges

Project Bridges

On May 21st, over twenty community employers gathered at Cotting School with students and families to celebrate a year of student internships . Three awards were given out for special anniversaries, including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum of Lincoln for 10 years of partnership, Xerox Corporation of Waltham for 16 years of partnership, and Mahoney’s Garden Center of Winchester for 20 years of partnership. The awards were presented by students to their direct on-site community supervisors. In addition, 13 seniors shared personal reflections of their experience in the Project Bridges program. The highlight of the morning was a video shown... Read More

Students Honor Employers at Project Bridges’ Breakfast

Students Honor Employers at Project Bridges’ Breakfast

Cotting Students Honor Project Bridges Employers 2014                     Upper School students had the opportunity to thank their Project Bridges employers at the annual breakfast held May 22. Cotting President David Manzo welcomed and thanked the many company and nonprofit representatives who work with our students providing meaningful employment in the community. Employment Transition Coordinator Laura Newton called up the three seniors, each of whom spoke of their work locations and what they learned as employees. Not surprisingly, each senior loves to work! Ms. Newton then cited three employers for special recognition... Read More