Become involved with Building Bridges Two Careers

Hi I'm Kristi Leonard and I would like to introduce myself and the program that our district is implementing this coming school year.  I am a graduate of Frontier High and Muskingum University.  I have spent my last 25 years teaching high school mathematics, coaching and running two small businesses in Lake Tahoe.  I have  returned to the community to teach math at our middle school.  Part of my new job will be to implement the Building Bridges to Careers Program into our school district.   This program has an incredible amount of options for our students. Below you will see an overview of what is happening and what will be incorporated within this coming school year. 

Please click on the link to see further details of this exciting program and how you can become involved.



Program overview:

Here are just some of the exciting options for our community and students occurring through the Epicenter:

Project Scenario designed with Pamela Lankford,  Epicenter Director, and myself for 7th and 8th grade math classes(because that is what I teach).  This will be completed in the fall semester incorporating speakers, mentors, student research, design and implementation of a solution/presentation.

BB2C Teacher Tours: (2 days July 17th and 18th) I visited 6 businesses and Belpre Chamber of Commerce.  Overwhelmingly they all said there is a huge need for employees that are self motivated, adaptable, solution based and willing to learn.

Epicenter Course Development


Teachers that participate in this class will expand their network of support by tapping into other community networks, which is the BB2C mission.

The class is designed to expose teachers to innovative technology used in various employment sectors by teaching them to use the technology available in the Epicenter Makerspace and connecting it to the curriculum they teach. Then the class provides a direct avenue for teachers to connect their students to the technology through a field trip to the Epicenter.

Mentor program: This is how you and our community can support our local kiddos! We are recruiting mentors to support our students.  If you are willing to attend a training and volunteer about an hour a week to support our local youth in developing skills that will guide them in career pathways and help them become successful as young adults in the workforce, please click on the link and sign up.


Maker Space at Epicenter:  7th and 8th graders to the maker space.  Students will get to use carpenter tools and machines, cnc (tool and die) machines, sewing machines, quilt making and other exciting hands on activities.

Family Career and Awareness Day October 18th 4-6 PM 

Speakers into the individual classrooms based on teacher specific needs and requests.  

Job Shadowing and Internships

Field trips into businesses  

Student Ambassador Program  


Some grant money has been secured to bus our students to the epicenter and visit businesses. If you know of a local businesses or individuals who would like to donate to this program or just have questions, please contact me @ 865-3441..



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