BTE Around the World
J&J Local Partner
The Bonner Institute for Civic & Community Engagement at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) – Coordinating Entity
Trenton Central High School, West Campus
Trenton, New Jersey, USA (3)
Grant Period: 2016 – 2020
Welcome to our Community
Connect with us and our site!
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 provided 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 included team building, academic planning, academic skills-building, career planning and skill building, and others.
- Wednesday Trips—field trips one Wednesday a month, which included visits to Johnson & Johnson facilities, cultural activities, and service trips.
- Special Events—Celebrations, information sessions, and special “institutes” that allowed for a deep dive 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 achieved the following outcomes:
- 87% of BTE participants completed the BTE program.
- 26% of BTE participants completed 30 hours of community service
- BTE participants obtained higher than average TCHS student SAT scores.
- 100% of BTE graduates obtained a diploma/graduated from high school.
- 88% of eligible BTE graduates enrolled 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).
- 39% of BTE participants obtained college credit or a certification while attending high school.
- 100% of BTE graduates demonstrated key foundational skills that align with their career aspiration.
- 18% of BTE graduates elected to pursue a career in the STEM sector.