Bridges to success
Friday, May 11, 2012
Class of Spring 2011
Master of Business Administration
Employment: C.A. Johnson High School, Concerned Black Men, self-employed
La’Sondrick Bridges is used to keeping busy. In 2009 he was working as an assistant teacher at Granby Adult Educational School in Columbia, S.C. while also coaching football and basketball at C.A. Johnson High School. After talking to an admissions representative at South University, he decided to pursue an MBA degree as well.
“After talking it through, I realized I could go to school and work full time as well,” said La’Sondrick, who earned his Master of Business Administration in Spring 2011 from South University’s Columbia campus.
La’Sondrick said he was impressed with the professors in the MBA program.
“They really care about you and want you to succeed,” he said. “I’ve got to give them a lot of credit.”
La’Sondrick knows plenty about caring and pushing students toward success. His coaching experience grew into working with students as a mentor through the Concerned Black Men organization (CBM), a nonprofit organization supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice Division that aims to provide positive male role models to youth.
In March 2011, La’Sondrick applied for the job of Program Manager with CBM and was hired. Starting “from scratch,” La’Sondrick has grown Columbia’s program to include 75 mentors helping about 90 young people.
La’Sondrick said that mentoring is all about compassion and showing an unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
“You have to look past where the kids come from and look to where they can go,” he said. “They want to be challenged. More than that, they want to know you care.”
La’Sondrick’s business skills have become essential as he works with budgets, contracts, statistical analysis, and many other concepts he mastered at South University – even employee relations skills, since after recruiting them, his mentors must go through training and pass a background check before they are matched with a mentee.
La’Sondrick’s CBM program in Columbia has been recognized for the success he has had recruiting. And La’Sondrick has been able to do all this even while running his own business as an independent distributor of nutritional supplements.
Just a year after earning his MBA degree, La’Sondrick has three jobs and coaches two sports, but apparently he thinks he has too much free time.
He was just accepted to Argosy University to begin work on his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree.
If his past is any guide, La’Sondrick will be able to make his way over any obstacle, no matter how many responsibilities he must juggle along the way.