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Community Initiative

The Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson company, in collaboration with North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Jobs and Education Partnership Regional Board, the South Florida Employer Training Consortium, Barry University, University of Miami, and Miami-Dade Community College BTE partnership provided teacher and student learning opportunities that enhanced student knowledge of and entry into the biomedical industry.

Students and teachers participated in a summer internship experience at Cordis, working in core areas, including project planning, operations, and research. Partner institutions of higher education also hosted summer enrichment activities, including basic training and equipment exploration in biomedical labs for students. For their participation, BTE students earned up to nine college credits towards an Associate in Science degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology.

Cordis engineers reviewed the Anatomy and Physiology curriculum and suggested where Cordis staff, scientific experiments, and relevant materials could be infused to create a seamless learning experience and align academics with industry.


An evaluation of the BTE Miami program showed:

  • Increased student academic performance in math, communications, and science.
  • An increased rate of high school completion and career interest in the health care industry.
  • Newly developed strong connections between school and higher education, including two and four year colleges and universities to facilitate students’ preparation for the biomedical industry.

An Annenberg Challenge grant allowed the replication of the BTE model at two additional high schools in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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