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In September 2017, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Trenton Central High School West, and The College of New Jersey’s (TCNJ) Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR Center)  launched a BTE program for 50 youth in Trenton, New Jersey. Throughout the three-year program, the partners will provide a variety of academic enrichment, career exploration, and higher education preparation opportunities, including:

  • Wednesday Workshops—45 minutes of planned activities 3 Wednesdays a month. Topics covered will include team building, academic planning, academic skills-building, career planning and skill building, and others.
  • Wednesday Trips—field trips one Wednesday a month, including visits to Johnson & Johnson facilities, cultural activities, and service trips.
  • Special Events—Celebrations, information sessions, and special “institutes” that dive deep into topics for students.
  • Tutoring—Optional weekly tutoring time offered by Bonner Scholars, TCNJ students committed to community service as part of their college curriculum.


By the end of the program, August 2020, partners anticipate the following outcomes:

  • 85% of BTE participants will complete the BTE program.
  • 100% of BTE participants will complete 30 hours of community service.
  • BTE participants will obtain higher than average TCHS student SAT scores.
  • 100% of BTE graduates will obtain a diploma (graduate) from high school.
  • 90% of eligible BTE graduates will enroll in an institution of higher education (defined as any additional education outside of high school such as 2 year/4 year college, technical school or military).
  • 25% of BTE participants will obtain college credit or a certification while attending high school.
  • 75% of BTE graduates will demonstrate key foundational skills that align with their career aspiration.
  • 55% of BTE graduates will elect to pursue a career in the STEM sector.


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