Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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Community Initiative

Vistakon, a Johnson & Johnson company, joined with the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and A. Phillip Randolph High School’s Health Academy to cultivate the connection between academic and work-place learning in the health care field. Through the BTE-Jacksonville partnership, students participated in workplace tours, job shadowing, Career World events, internships, academic (math and science) enrichment, and soft skills workshops (communication, leadership, teamwork, etc.).

In addition, teachers had the opportunity to participate in two-day externships at Vistikon and seven other businesses in Duval County. These externships, which included workplace tours and peer mentoring, provided the foundation for the development of career-relevant and applied-learning curriculum.


Each year, approximately 200 students in grades 9-12 participated in the BTE program (nearly 350 total students).

  • 91 percent of students agreed or strongly agreed that the program will give them an advantage when they start looking for a job.
  • The Duval County Schools and the business community formed a cooperative endeavor to transform the local public schools into a world-class education system, raising academic standards and student achievement.
  • All Duval County high schools adopted key components of the BTE-Jacksonville program: the career academy model, the use of WorkKeys to identify student interests and skills, and the integration of work-based learning.
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