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Virginia Tech Bridge Experience Program

The goal of the Bridge Experience Program at Virginia Tech is to have every academic department create and offer degree-embedded, experiential learning opportunities as part of their curriculum in one or more of the following areas: undergraduate research, internships, service-learning, and/or study abroad.  These opportunities will provide students with the ability to apply their learning in authentic, real-world contexts to bridge the transition from undergraduate education to plans after graduation inclusive of career, professional school, and/or graduate school. 


The Academy for Experiential Learning in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has been created as a society of Virginia Tech stakeholders organized to advance the development of enhanced degrees featuring bridge experiences for every graduate, ensuring issues of accessibility and accountability are a part of the process.  It is a learning space that brings together faculty, administrators, students, and industry partners committed to the experiential learning mission.  Members engage in informed, creative problem-solving to frame and facilitate strategies, expectations, outcomes, and accountability for bridge experiences. 


For more information, contact Vicki Pitstick,