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September 25, 2018

Bridges to Success Provides Alternative Learning Environment For Students


OSWEGO – Middle and high school students throughout Oswego County who have struggled in traditional academic settings can receive more specific support through Bridges to Success.

Students Shaun Huggins, front, leads fellow students, from left, Jordan Fetkiw, Jacob Beach and Nate Kelley in a wall sit competition during a Bridges to Success visit from Sean Milligan.

Students Shaun Huggins, front, leads fellow students, from left, Jordan Fetkiw, Jacob Beach and Nate Kelley in a wall sit competition during a Bridges to Success visit from Sean Milligan.

A component of the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s Alternative Education program, Bridges is a place that aims to help students identify emotional issues that keep them from being successful in their home school.

The behavior intervention program, on Dutch Ridge Road in Oswego, allows this population of students to complete academic coursework in a more focused environment, as there are only 11 students in the program.

Weekly counseling appointments are scheduled at Bridges, but additional support is available, if needed.

Roxanne Euson, principal of the behavior intervention program, said all students receive social studies, science, math, physical education, health, and English coursework.

Students at Bridges to Success have the opportunity to regain lost credits to help them graduate with their home school’s class.

Euson said that will put students back on track to further their education or explore careers.

“Students are exploring opportunities after graduation,” she said.

One opportunity could include attending college while being a member of the National Guard, according to guest speaker S.Sgt. Sean Milligan.

The recruiter recently visited Bridges to Success to speak about military career possibilities and to have the students perform physical endurance drills.

Teachers and students competed to see who could do pushups and sprint while carrying ammunition boxes faster.

Milligan handed out prizes to everyone who took the challenge and told each of them that success will follow dedication.

Jacob Beach, a junior whose home school is Oswego High School, was so impacted by the activity and Milligan’s talk that he said he plans to do research on both college programs and the National Guard, as he is considering enlisting.

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