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Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World

Getting Ahead Graduates Fall 2023 Outside

"Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” is intended to teach people how to increase their income, decrease debt, become more self-sufficient, decrease social services assistance, and increase awareness of dental, vision, medical and financial services available in the Copper Country.

Students of Getting Ahead will get to meet guest speakers, get paid to learn, plan for a better future, and meet new people. Students must attend an in-person interview and commit to 16 weeks of class.

Apply by July 19 for Fall 2024 Session

Applications for Getting Ahead in the fall of 2024 are now being accepted!

The next session will be Tuesday nights in Houghton County and Wednesday nights in Baraga County (New!). The session will begin in mid-August. Applications need to be in by July 19. 

Goals and Outcomes

  • To become a more stable individual
  • To increase personal income
  • To decrease amount of debt
  • To pursue or further education
  • To create a personal bank account
  • To increase self-sufficiency

Who’s Eligible?

  • Individuals below 200% of the federal poverty level
  • Individuals not on permanent disability assistance
  • Individuals who have been in recovery, if needed, at least six months
  • Individuals who are cognitively capable
  • Individuals who want to change their lives

Provided Free at Classes

  • Educational Childcare
  • Dinner
  • Transportation (if needed)
  • $25 Pat’s IGA food card, for each class attended

Let’s Get Started.


Our classes will typically start in late January and late August. We are always accepting applications for people to join our Getting Ahead classes.

Step 1: Apply.

The application is available as an online form via the button below. We can also provide a printable PDF or a hard copy for you. Please contact us if you would like that. 

Step 2: Complete admissions interview.

As we near the next class we’ll reach out to applicants to complete an admissions interview where we’ll learn more about the folks who might join.

Picture Yourself Here

Relive the magic of the first Getting Ahead Graduation Ceremony for Copper Shores Bridges! The event celebrated eight individuals who live in Michigan’s Copper Country that completed the 16-week program.

Contact Us

At Copper Shores Bridges we want nothing more than to see you succeed. We're here to help every step of the way. Feel free to call, text or email us.