Ernest L. Bridges is a retired educator of African-American Studies from California State University Fullerton. However, currently he continues to instruct a class at Fullerton College. While at both institutions, he served as, Advisor and Mentor to students belonging to several campus organizations such as the Black Student Union, Alliance for the Preservation of African Consciousness, Greek organization Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Campus Coordinator Umoja Community Program. He is an instructor of African American History for the 100 Black Men of Orange County, as well as an advisory board member to the “Passport to the Future Program.” Several Fortune 100 Companies are included in his background where Ernest was employed as a Human Relations Manager. He is currently a Regional Coordinator for the California Umoja Community, board member of the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs and President of the Southern California Council on Black American Affairs.
Bridges’ educational philosophy is students should be challenged. It is his practice to be fair and approachable in class discussions and evaluations. He has refined his teaching style to reflect motivation, while bridging the gap between theory and practice. As an educator, his approach is to be flexible, fluid, experimental and have the confidence to react and adjust to changing circumstances.
While encouraging students to develop survival skills, Professor Bridges mentors them to employ better time management techniques which may help improve their grade point average. His hope is as he instructs students, it will empower them to become more confident and productive citizens.
Professor Bridges has a BS Degree in Education and an MBA Degree with an emphasis in Industrial Relations.