Jessica Ledesma. Courtesy West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The recently nationally recognized Building Bridges Through Education (BBTE) initiative of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has selected 32 individuals for its second annual BBTE Fellowship.

The BBTE Fellowship is a culturally relevant, early career placement and development pilot. The competitive, two-semester-long fellowship aims to assist talent and strengthen the diversity of the workforce pipeline in Michigan.

The BBTE Fellowship is designed as a competitive fellowship offering identity- and asset-based professional development co-led by BBTE industry partners.

It is divided into four cohorts that include business/STEM, health professions, nursing and social/public service. Fellows gain the tools and resources to strengthen their skills through hands-on experiences that enhance leadership, expand their network and ultimately help them become

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