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Tuesday, 31 May 2005 08:00
Bridges for Women OnLine

Bridges for Women Society is offering an online version of the proven Bridges Employability Program for abuse survivors. Registration is now open to women who live on southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands. The focus of the program is the development of sustainable, long-term career goals for each individual. We offer curriculum tailored to the needs of women with a history of abuse, but the curriculum is also individualized in many ways, in order to suit the goals, interests and skills of each woman in the class.

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Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 16:04:23 -0700
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Subject: Fw: Bridges for Women OnLine now accepting applications!

Bridges for Women OnLine

Now accepting applications for enrollment!

Bridges for Women Online is now accepting applications. Please forward this email announcement to community agencies and groups, professionals, or directly to women who may be interested in participating in an online employability course tailored for women with a history of abuse.

Bridges for Women Society is offering an online version of the proven Bridges Employability Program for abuse survivors. Registration is now open to women who live on southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands.

The focus of the program is the development of sustainable, long-term career goals for each individual. We offer curriculum tailored to the needs of women with a history of abuse, but the curriculum is also individualized in many ways, in order to suit the goals, interests and skills of each woman in the class.

Who Qualifies for Bridges for Women OnLine?

BFW Online is open to all women who self-identify as having a history of abuse who:

* possess personal suitability

* possess basic computer literacy, and/or a willingness to learn

* access to the internet at home or in their community

How to Apply for Bridges for Women Online

Individual women can email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us directly at 385-7410 to arrange for an electronic application. All applications will be reviewed.

* Agencies who identify prospective participants can contact us for more information, or refer women directly to us.

* Applicants will complete an interview over the telephone with staff prior to acceptance into the program.

All applications and enquiries about the Bridges for Women OnLine program can be directed to:

Victoria Pruden, OnLine Program Facilitator

Bridges for Women OnLine

Phone: (250) 385-7410

Fax: (250) 385-7459

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What does Bridges for Women OnLine look like?

Self-Paced Learning

Participation in BFW Online is self-directed, with learners working through the program at their own pace. Learners interact online using discussion boards, online chats and email. Individiual coaching takes place via email and the BFW Online 1-800 Number. Assignments and project work combine online work with community involvement and research.

Curriculum and activities include:

* Personal development skills, communication, assertiveness training and conflict resolution

* Employment readiness, exploring career options, job search skills

* Individualized personal support

* Stress management and effective workplace behaviour

* Exploring the impact of abuse on employment-related barriers

What kinds of topics are covered in the course?

The curriculum can be grouped into five main categories:

1. Addressing Histories of Abuse

This part of the curriculum focuses on understanding the cycle of abuse and the impact of abuse on employability. In addition, participants work on self-esteem, values and self-advocacy, communication, assertiveness, conflict resolution skills.

2. Technological Skills

The course will strengthen the learners ability to utilize technology in employment and personal situations. By utilizing a variety of learning objects and becoming skilled online communicators, learners increase and strengthen their technological skill base.

3. Individual Study

Each student develops individual short-term goals and action steps that support their immediate and long-term work towards personal and economic independence. Students have the opportunity to focus their energies on these plans, and achieve concrete, measurable successes that support their pre-employment process at Bridges.

4. Career Exploration

Students will assess themselves, their skills, strengths, previous experiences, preferences, learning styles and passions. This assessment includes the Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment and development of resume building blocks. The focus is on developing a long term, sustainable career vision that promotes successful, permanent labour force attachment.

5. Workplace Skills

Participation in BFW Online provides students with an opportunity to participate in a virtual workplace setting. Online participation, communication and project/assignment completions support development of workplace skills. Expectations of participation, goal setting and other workplace norms are maintained in a supportive online learning environment. Learners are guided to research, interview and explore volunteering and employment opportunities available to them locally, utilizing the online learning environment as a support for their activities.

For more information about Bridges for Women OnLine, please visit our website www.bridgesforwomen.ca.

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Funded by Human Resources & Skills Development Canada

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With Generous Assistance from

United Way of Greater Victoria

VanCity Savings Credit Union

BC Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services

Vancouver Foundation

Victoria Foundation

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2005 08:00