Letter to the Editor: Spreading the word
Recently, newspaper articles have spotlighted organizations and programs focused on education, which is commendable.
One organization that is not as well-known as it might be is the Learning Bridge of the Sierra, which helps students of all income levels with their post-high school plans. If we are to meet the nation’s stated goal of having the highest number of college graduates in the world by 2020, a good place to start would be to tell students about how to go to college.
Without information, the application process is a mystery. Without information, students and their families choose whether or not to go to college based on what they hear in the media and from well-meaning community members.
Without accurate information, hearsay and out of date information will continue to dominate the college decision-making process forcing many college able students into pathways that may lead nowhere. If everyone isn’t getting the same information, the opportunity to learn is limited to those who know they have to ask.
The mission of Learning Bridge of the Sierra is to provide educational opportunities as a pathway to a better life and greater economic success for North Shore adults and teens. Under the motto: “Education for All,” they serve families, adults, teenagers and even younger children with programs including career and college counseling, academic assessment, personal interview and the creation of custom action plans for individuals to get them to their academic &/or career goals as well as GED preparation.
They also work with the Mexican Consulate to offer English and computer literacy and other programs to all ages.
After years of successful operation focusing on the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, the organization is expanding its service area to include all of the North Shore, Reno, and Northern California. As a nonprofit, LBOTS is dependent on grants and donations, and the more is known about their work, the better off the organization and those it serves will be.
Ed Gurowitz is an Incline Village resident and Board Chair of Learning Bridge of the Sierra.
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