BTE Around the World
North Plainfield, New Jersey USA
Grant Period: 2012 – 2016
Welcome to our Community
In September 2013, Johnson & Johnson in partnership with Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and North Plainfield School District launched a new BTE program in for 45 rising sophomores in school year 2013/14 attending North Plainfield High (NPH). The three-year program provided a structure for academic and work-based learning with measurable results. Program activities focused in the following areas:
- Academic Support & Enrichment. Throughout the program, students with academic warnings received academic tutoring by North Plainfield High School teachers.
- Community Service & Leadership Development. In Year 1, students participated in a three-day workshop facilitated by The Protocol School of New Jersey; the session focused on The Power of Influence and Executive Image. In the remaining two years, students engaged in service projects with Johnson & Johnson employees, follow-up workshops by the NJ School of Protocol, team building sessions, and student leadership opportunities.
- Career Development. Johnson & Johnson employees and RVCC staff offered interactive activities that focused on various careers within the healthcare field. Career Coaching by Johnson & Johnson volunteers occurred about every 6 weeks for groups of students based on career interests.
- Higher Education Support. Academic planning sessions, financial aid/Education Opportunity Fund information sessions, scholarship information sessions, and college major’s/student services sessions provided parents and students with a wealth of information to assist in paying for a quality college education and support post admission.
The independent evaluation of the BTE-North Plainfield, New Jersey site found several positive outcomes:
- 91% of BTE students completed the three-year program (41:45).
- 100% of BTE students completed at least one three-credit higher education course while in high school.
- BTE students had significantly higher levels of participation in clubs, religious activity, and volunteering than Comparison Group.
- 89.5% of BTE graduates reported confidence in their ability to talk to adult professionals in their field of interest, significantly higher than the Comparison Group (71.4%).
- 55.3% of BTE students plan to pursue a career in health or science (vs. 42.9% of the Comparison Group).