Bridge Staff

Carol Kolenik is the director of The Harvard Bridge to Learning and Literacy, a worker education program at HarvardUniversity.  She came to the University in 1998 after completing a two-year assignment in Hue, Viet Nam, where she taught curriculum development and methodologies to the faculty and graduate students at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Teachers’ College. In 1999, Kolenik created the Bridge Program for the service workers at Harvard. The objective of the program is to develop workers’ skills to perform more efficiently and confidently in their present jobs and everyday lives.  In addition, the Bridge provides people with the skills needed to explore academic and career choices and maximize their potential.  The program has grown from 38 participants in the first year to over 500 each year. Kolenik has consulted and assisted in creating workforce development programs at other universities, including Cornell University, MIT, Northeastern University, Texas A&M University, Stanford University and George Mason University.  In 2008, Kolenik piloted the Harvard Allston Workforce Development Collaborative, using the Bridge model to build employability skills for community residents in Allston and Brighton, Massachusetts. She has worked with The Boston Foundation and SkillWorks to create career pathways for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members. Kolenik continues to collaborate with the City of Boston’s Office of Jobs and Community Services in the field of workforce development. Kolenik has developed adult education programs and worked in higher education in Viet Nam, Massachusetts and Connecticut since 1989.  She graduated from the State University of New York in Oswego, cum laude and holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.