Franklin Township, New Jersey, USA (1)

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Community Initiative

Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development partnered with Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and Franklin Township Public Schools to provide an “early college” program to 35 students (ninth-graders in the 2010-2011 school year).

The BTE-Franklin Township, New Jersey program featured an annual two-week summer research experience and weekly, after-school sessions that stressed academic excellence, work-based learning opportunities, and the development of transferrable, life-long skills. Students also completed several hands-on, applied science projects that were presented at the end of the school year. Other academic support activities that occurred during weekly after-school sessions included:

  • A learning styles inventory, which gave guidance and recommends study-skills techniques based on each student’s learning style.
  • Tutoring for students that needed assistance with homework, projects, and exam preparation.
  • Academic advising sessions where students focused on goal setting, time management, and academic/college planning.


BTE – Franklin Township saw impressive results for participating students. Impact includes:

  • 35 Franklin Township High School students participated in the program.
  • Tutoring efforts for BTE students resulted in statistically significant improvements in overall GPA (82.80 percent at baseline rose to 86.32 percent at graduation) and math grades (72.06 percent at baseline rose to 89.93 percent at graduation). These improvements were significantly higher than the comparison group (GPA: 83.40 percent at baseline rose to 86.26 percent at graduation; Math: 74.73 percent at baseline rose to 80.51 percent at graduation).
  • 100 percent of BTE students passed their English High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) exam.
  • 97 percent of BTE students passed their Math HSPA exam.
  • 100 percent BTE graduates were accepted by and planned to attend an institution of higher education; 69 percent planned to attend a four-year college or university.
  • Johnson & Johnson Corporate awarded four scholarships ($10,000 total value, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000) to BTE-Franklin Township, NJ graduates.

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