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About Project Bridges

Empowering Students as Workers

Project Bridges is Cotting School’s community-based volunteer work experience program.  Our students work with local employers to develop their vocational and transitional skills.  This program also builds and sustains connections between our school and the surrounding community, so that our students are empowered to view themselves as workers and as vital members of the greater community outside of their home and school.  Students contribute to the productivity and morale of the worksites while advocating for their individual needs and applying their skills in a professional setting.  We are continually working to develop new jobs for our students through partnerships. Our students go out to work weekly with a job coach.  Our oldest students are offered the opportunity to work twice a week.

Supporting Employers

Benefits to the Workplace Project Bridges benefits the workplace by:

  • Consistently and reliably meeting production needs and expectations of employers
  • Forging lasting connections between students and co-workers
  • Educating businesses about accommodations for workers with disabilities

For more information about Project Bridges, contact:

Michael Teuber, M.Ed, CAGS Director of Transition Services 781.862.7323 ext. 155 Project Bridges was started in 1990. Since then, over fifty local businesses and organizations have provided opportunities for Cotting students to explore various fields of work. Students have worked in hospitality, retail, food services, facilities, animal care, maintenance, clerical, child care, social outreach, horticulture and a variety of other settings.

Current Employers and Partners

  • Amplifi, Andover (2016)
  • Buddy Dog Humane Society (2005)
  • Business Ghost (2016)
  • Cambridge Public Library, O’Neill Branch (2003)
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln (2005)
  • Discovery Museum, Acton (2014)
  • Donelan’s Supermarkets, Lincoln (2015)
  • Drumlin Farm Wildlife, Lincoln (2011)
  • Drumlin Farm Preschool, Lincoln (2013)
  • Eastern Mountain Sports, Acton (2006)
  • HomeGoods, Bedford (2001)
  • Inn at Hastings Park (2016)
  • Lahey Lexington (2001)
  • Lexington Montessori School (2016)
  • Lincoln Public Library (2012)
  • Magic Garden Children’s Center, Lincoln (2004)
  • Mahoney’s Garden Center, Winchester (1995)
  • Northeast Animal Shelter, Salem (2015)
  • Phinney’s Friends, Lincoln (2014)
  • Physical Therapy Associates of Concord (2016)
  • Radio Perkins (2014)
  • Representative Daniel Cullinane (2016)
  • Sancta Maria Nursing Facility, Cambridge (2008)
  • Sebastian’s Catering, Burlington (2007)
  • Shire Pharmaceuticals (2014)
  • TJ Maxx, Bedford (1994)
  • True Value by Ideal, Waltham (2016)
  • United Church of Christ, Burlington (2016)
  • Wagon Wheel, Lexington
  • Waltham Community Day Center
  • Waltham Crossings Nursing Home, Waltham (2008)
  • Waltham Police Department (2006)
  • Waltham YMCA (2011)
  • Whole Foods Bedford (2016)
  • Xerox Corporation, Waltham (1999)