Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College and Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 are entering their twelfth year of working together on the B.R.I.D.G.E. program which pairs Mount Aloysius students and local students with exceptionalities to interact and learn from each other. B.R.I.D.G.E. is an acronym for “Building Realistic Integrated Daily Living Skills, Gaining Experiences and Employability Skills.”

Dr. Sara Rutledge, MAC Professor of Education, spearheads the program each year. “This service learning collaboration with the Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Mount Aloysius College is assisting the IU with their mission of helping students gain skills needed for successful employment,” Rutledge said. “Our Education Department students are learning about the joys of working with students with exceptionalities while using strategies for differentiating instruction and activities for them based on the Individualized Education Program for each student.”

Students from the IU 8 spend every Wednesday at Mount Aloysius where MAC students work with these individuals to develop work skills as well as social, emotional, and physical skills. When the IU 8 students visit the campus they spend time developing basic work skills in the various offices.

This IU serves Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Somerset Counties in Central Pennsylvania. Mount Aloysius supports our Education students through one-on-one access, early exposure to the classroom and a commitment to your professional development.

CAPTION: Mount Aloysius College and IU8 students work in the Cosgrave Student Center on the Mount Aloysius campus. First Row (kneeling): Tori Westover, Northern Cambria, Pa., Colton Estok, South Fork, Pa., Kira Lach, English Major, Altoona, Pa. Second Row: Dustin Straw, Cresson, Pa., Michaela Gresko, Biology Major, Loretto, Pa., Kathryn Ellenberger, Early Education Major, Luthersburg, Pa., Emily Jones, South Fork, Pa., Victoria Sobecky, Middle Education Major, Ebensburg, Pa.