‘Life After High School’ supports Tahoe student’s education planning

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Learning Bridge of the Sierra is a nonprofit organization that exists to improve the lives of Lake Truckee and Tahoe adults and teens through affordable educational opportunities that lead to improved employment and career opportunities.

The Life After High School program is an individual career and college planning program open to all local high school students. The earlier students get started, the less stressful the complete career and college planning process is when they reach senior year of high school.

Life After High School includes in-depth financial aid and college application assistance and provides a clear path for teens to achieve career success whether success is attending a trade school, a community college or a four year college or university. The program begins with a free introductory meeting to discuss student’s education and career goals. Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Students receive extensive support including a safe and supportive place to explore opportunities and learn about the college application process while researching realistic options. Individualized support through the entire financial aid process includes practical information about true college costs and federal, state and local financial aid. All students receive personal support to secure the most funds possible for higher education and custom recommendations for scholarships and help completing all application and financial aid documents is included in Life After School. Students continue receiving information and guidance until they complete their degree.

To date, Learning Bridge has served 102 students with college and career planning services. The cost for participating is based on family income and ranges from no cost to $1,200 per student.

Learning Bridge is offering a free financial aid workshop for all teens and parents at the Boys & Girls Club in Kings Beach from noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 22. Students can also schedule a complimentary introductory meeting online at or by e-mailing Emily Wexler at

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