Gap Year Application

Gap Year is Rabble Mill’s college- and career-readiness program, designed to help 18 - 24 year olds in Lincoln explore and make a plan for their future, and gain the knowledge, skills and connections to make it — going to college, getting a job, or starting their own business — happen.

The eight-month program creates upward mobility for out-of-high-school young adults by preparing them to be the employers, employees, and leaders our community needs. Graduates will develop fundamental, transferable life and career skills, obtain valuable certifications and college credits, enroll in paid internship programs, and get to truly experience in-demand, future-forward careers. The program starts with a career exploration phase, followed by a design thinking career planning process where students will select their passion track. Once students have determined their trajectory, they will earn certifications and complete a capstone project, mentorship, and a paid internship.

Gap Year runs October - May, with workshops and classes taking place at The Bay on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 A.M. - 1 P.M. Open Lab Hours, where students can dive deep into equipment, certifications, and technology, takes place at The Bay on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 3-5 P.M. Tuesday and Thursday sessions are mandatory. Gap Year students must also complete at least two hours of Open Lab time each week.

Gap Year tuition is $3,500. Full and partial scholarships (if qualified) are available, as well as monthly payment plans.

Questions? Contact Christina Oldfather at

Email *
Name  *
Address *
Phone Number *
E-mail *
Date of Birth *
Are you a current Bay High student? *
Have you graduated from high school or are you on track to graduate in 2024? *
Are you currently enrolled in Graduation Pathways, any GED program, or college/university? *
What careers/skills are you interested in exploring during your Gap Year at The Bay? Please select your top 3 choices. *
Are you currently experiencing or have you ever experienced any of the following? Select all that apply *
Are you currently experiencing any unlisted barriers to employment? If yes, please explain.  
How many people live in your household? Only count people that you are related to. *
Have you or your family received any of the following in the last 6 months: 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF);
Supplemental Security Income through the Social Security Administration; and/or
Free or Reduced Price School Lunch.
Are you willing to pursue your eligibility for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act? This means filling out some paperwork to participate in a federal program that may ask you questions about your background, challenges, and interests.   
How did you hear about Gap Year? *
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