Alumni News and Updates

Class of 2019

Nick Sorensen, Jesse PayneDiesel Technology

Nick & Jesse are both working full-time at Carter Machinery

"We have had an excellent experience with everyone from Bridging & RCC and can't thank you enough for what Culinary class and Chef Marquis have done for us. We believe she's going to miss Chef more than her peers! He's down to earth with Autumn, approaches her at a level she respects, and allows her the creativity her personality desires while still managing to teach and guide her in a positive manner. If there's ever a need for a parental spokesperson for the program, please let us know. We'd be happy to sing your praises!"

- Tamara McMeechan, Parent of Culinary student

Justin BosticDiesel Technology

Justin is working full time at Bay Diesel as a generator Tech

Class of 2018

Mia BashoreCriminal Justice

Mia is an intern at New Kent Victim Witness

Preston Upshaw, Mr. DaltonCriminal Justice

Preston is working full time for Henrico County Sheriff's Office as a Jailer & is featured in this recruiting video

"Capt. Roane, I'd like to start off by thanking you for straightening me up junior year. You have taught me tons of great information that I will use in every-day life."

- Will Mathews, Engineering

"Dalton, Thank you cause with your advice I finished my first college semester with honors!!!!!!!!"

- Jordan Hathaway, Criminal Justice

Nina HuggettCulinary Arts

"I attended the culinary portion of Bridging Communities and I loved it. It led me to my current school The Culinary Institute of America in New York where I am pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management. If I would have never taken the culinary class in high school I would never have found my passion in the hospitality industry. My Chef at the time pushed me to be the best and it paid off. He gave me so many opportunities to push myself and participate in real life events and that paid off. During my time in his class he had us compete in a Prostart competition with other schools and my team placed and I won a scholarship to the CIA. I can say with 100% certainty that the Culinary Arts program at Bridging Communities changed my life.

My advice for current students is to take every opportunity that they can. If their instructor offers them a chance at something than they should take it and appreciate it because in the real world those opportunities don't present themselves."

-Nina Huggett, Culinary Arts

'I am attending college right now and in my second year of community college at Rappahannock Community College. I am attending college with plans to transfer to VCU after this spring semester to wrap up my college time and degree. I also work for the state as a student ambassador for RCC, which the job is well and the ambassadors do a variety of tasks at the campus.

My advice for the students would be to be prepared for college and my classes at Bridging were good preparation for the pace at RCC and just college in general. I would also recommend the students to consider community college if your not sure of what to do after high school, I know it helped me find the degree that fitted me at RCC and VCU."

-Eric Lucy, Coding

Class of 2017

"I am in my last semester at J. Sargent Reynolds and still am deciding where I will transfer next semester. I will finish with my Associates in Engineering. I know Captain Roane has retired, but his class helped me tremendously. He did a great job on introducing me to what engineering would be like and prepared me well for college."

-Shawn Cousins, Engineering

Pictured: Mr. Dalton, Tyler AnthonyCriminal Justice

Tyler graduated from the Police Academy Sept 2019 and joined the Hopewell Police Department

Class of 2016

"I will graduate in 3 years instead of 4 due to the courses I took from Bridging Communities"

- Tristen Sumner, Coding

Class of 2015

"Upon leaving Bridging Communities in 2015. I received my CNA and currentlywork at Memorial Regional Medical Center. I went back to RCC and received my LPN In 2018 and am now on the last stop, still with RCC, receiving my RN/ADN by May 2020. Bridging Communities was great not only was it an extra curricular that brought friends but it helped me discover my nursing degree path I wanted to take in my future. Things I learned in the Nurse Aide program I still carry with me today (such as skills, college test taking, and even knowledge taught in class that I can relate to my current studies). Being with Bridging Communities opened my doors for me at RCC. It was nice to have a career out of high school knowing I could get a job anywhere!"

-Samantha Otey, Nurse Aide

Samantha OteyNurse Aide
Mr. Dalton, Storm ColmanCriminal Justice

Storm is working for the Richmond Police Department

"Love my job, school did right by me"

- Matthew Walsh, HVAC

"Bridging Communities helped me learn that I wanted to work in programming, and gave me a head start into a computer science degree from VCU. Now I work at Capital One as a software developer and get to learn more every day about the latest technologies in the field."

- Bobby Best, Coding

Class of 2014

Teoni Lewis, Benjamin RubertCriminal Justice