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Students, families celebrate Bridging the Gap milestone

The evening began with CATC Bridging the Gap (BTG) graduating seniors reflecting in writing on future plans and what they had learned so far in the workforce development program. They had successfully completed the school-year portion of the program and a summer of hard work and career-training lay ahead. But first, time to celebrate. Families and friends proudly applauded as the students filed in. CATC leaders and partners described exciting careers ahead as well as the realities of being an adult in the workplace. Students described how CATC and BTG have changed their lives, received their certificates to continuous applause, then shared cake and conversation. See full slide show.

From top left: students reflect in writing on their future plans, then  line up for the celebration with Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates leaders LaStarr Rivers and Abasi Key.  Vicki Mertz of Cincinnati Works with Kayla R.; Taylor M. and Will V. were among the students who spoke to an appreciative audience; Asia B. receives her certificate from Abasi Key. Reception, cake and conversation with CATC leaders and program partners such as Bill Lecher of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.