NORTHBRIDGE COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM

Serving Students with Learning Differences

Phoenix, AZ   |  www.northbridgeaz.org

Mission

The mission of NorthBridge is to provide support, resources, and guidance to students with learning differences as they transition to persist and succeed in higher educational & vocational endeavors.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Daylee Burr

Main address

7000 N. 16th St., Suite 120

Phoenix, AZ 85020 USA

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EIN

47-1080353

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1. Students with disabilities are not making a successful transition from high school to postsecondary education and/or employment. More than 1 in 10 Arizona high school students have disabilities; one-third of these youth remain unengaged in work or education post-graduation. The ceiling for students with learning disabilities should not be lower than their counterparts as they face the same employment market where almost 70% of jobs require some postsecondary education. 2. Students with learning disabilities are one of the fastest-growing college-going population but their completion rates lag way behind their neurotypical peers. This population, like the average non-completer, report challenges like cost, life events and poor grades as being reasons for dropping out. the majority of postsecondary retention programming and academic support services aren't designed, nor have the qualified staff, to assist this population beyond providing the legally required accommodations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

College Success Program

Comprehensive support system focused on both academic success and personal development. Weekly 1:1 sessions include academic tutoring and executive functioning coaching. Accountability is enforced through weekly grade updates.

Monthly Social Events and workshops aid students in fostering community in a safe environment to enhance social skill development.

Population(s) Served

Course completion program designed specially to support the success of students with learning differences or who have other risk factors attending schools in Arizona.

Students are referred to NorthBridge through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and assigned an academic coach to address executive functioning deficiencies and assist with academic tutoring in college-level courses. Weekly grade updates are sent out on a weekly basis to hold students accountable and track progress.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with intellectual disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

Student and academic coach meet on a weekly basis to address deficient areas and review test-taking strategies. Based on the results, we assist students with a customizable test-prep program, where students are familiarized, assessed, and receive targeted instruction in the areas they are lacking.

GED: Customizable GED test-prep program, where students are familiarized, assessed, and receive targeted instruction in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and/or Math.

ACT/SAT: Student will take initial practice mock ACT/SAT test. The subject areas include math, reading, writing, language arts, and/or science.

As the weekly 1:1 sessions continue, the student will establish a date to take the GED/SAT/ACT.

Population(s) Served

Comprehensive support system focused on both academic success and personal development. Weekly 1:1 sessions include academic tutoring and executive functioning coaching. Accountability is enforced through weekly grade updates.

Monthly Social Events and workshops aid students in fostering community in a safe environment to enhance social skill development.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with other disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
Students
People with learning disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with other disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
Students

Step 1: Career inventory
We provide students a library of resources to get them thinking about life after college and guide them as they begin their professional career!

Step 2: Prepare for job applications
A NorthBridge academic coach will help the student create their resume & cover letter, update their LinkedIn profile, and prepare for the job application process.

Step 3: Apply, Interview, Suceed!
At this stage, NorthBridge coaches help students take initiative and apply for jobs. We’ll conduct mock interviews with students & help them stand out to potential employers.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
Students
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
At-risk youth
People with learning disabilities
Students
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

College Success Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

College Success Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Growth:
- Increase the number of students supported by 400%, to 1,200
- 20% - College Success Program – 100+ students
- 80% - Accuplacer Ready – 1,000 students
- 80% - TechForce Ambassadors – 80 students
- Position NorthBridge to establish new satellite college success offices in 2018-19.
- Expand reach of programs, serving students at more colleges and high schools.
Innovation:
- Apply rapid cycle evaluation techniques to improve students experience and outcomes across all programs.
- Implement the valley's only ACT Preparation Program specifically designed for students with learning differences.
- Hold the first valley wide College Is Possible Bootcamp for graduating seniors with learning differences.
Excellence:
- Maintain postsecondary retention rates that are 30% higher than the state average.
- Ensure that 90% of Accuplacer Ready participants test out of at least 1 course

Academic Coaching – weekly individualized, scheduled 1:1 academic coaching focused on college success skill development.
Standard 1: SWD executive functioning skills
Standard 2: SWD effective communication skills
Standard 3: SWD independence through self-advocacy
Standard 4: SWD specific academic skills for college success


Academic Support – Weekly individualized, scheduled 1:1 tutoring staffed with tutors trained to support student with learning differences and reinforce the skills taught through the academic coaching.


Success Lab – Establishment of a specialized success lab staffed at a 4:1 with tutors trained to support student with learning differences and reinforce the skills taught through the academic coaching.


Social Events – Bi-monthly coordinated events allowing this socially challenged population to interact with peers.

NorthBridge has a team of academic specialists as well as Americorps volunteers contributing to student success. In addition, NorthBridge has a Director of Academic Programs as well as an experienced Executive Director. To increase students, NorthBridge has branched out and is continuing to branch out to Maricopa Community Colleges and in-state universities.

With NorthBridge support students with learning differences out perform their neurotypical peers. NorthBridge students are 24% more likely to pass their courses and 30% more likely to stay in school and earn a degree.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NORTHBRIDGE COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nancy Heller

Community Advocate

Term: 2017 -

Joseph McKenzie

Nancy Heller

Julie Cauich

Sean Hammond

Karri Hill

Suzanne Perryman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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