Englewood (Jacksonville), Florida

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In September 2021, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville, Florida State College, Duvall County Public Schools, and Englewood High School launched a new Bridge to Employment (BTE) program in the Jacksonville, Florida community. The three-year BTE-Englewood program targets 50 Grade 10 students enrolled at Englewood High School in the 2021-2022 with a minimum 3.2 GPA and helps build solid futures by introducing a broad array of careers in the STEM2D sectors and providing enhanced academic and real-world experiences. The long-term outcomes are: 1) Increase the number of students who enroll in higher education, and 2) Increase the number of students pursuing a career in the STEM2D sectors.

To achieve the stated outcomes, BTE partners will offer a variety of Academic Enrichment, Career Readiness & Exploration, Higher Education Preparation, and Community Engagement and Leadership opportunities. Key program activities include:

  • Education & Career Planning, Students will develop a plan based on their interests, career/personality assessment results, and college and career exploration done throughout the year. Students will present their Education and Career Plan to their peers and volunteers.
  • Academic Tutoring. Study hall will be set up to provide students with tutoring to ensure they are on track for promotion and graduation.
  • STEM Electives. Students will participate in a STEM elective course at either Englewood High School or FSC
  • Post-secondary Preparation, including tours and tasters of local colleges and universities, a college-student speaker series,  ACT/SAT preparation classes, application counseling and support.
  • College & Career Readiness Workshops. Workshops will be held to develop students foundation skills, such as resume/LinkedIn building, interview prep and cover letter writing. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Career Awareness Digital Badge, among others.
  • Career Exploration and Higher Education Exposure. Career exploration activities will follow a variety of formats from career fairs and industry tours to lunch-n-learns and career coaching with J&J volunteers. All opportunities are designed to improve the student’s knowledge of STEM career options, better understand the working world, and motivate students to improve academic performance.
  • Community Engagement. Students will participate in an two annual community service projects: Thanksgiving Give Back and MLK Day of Service.



By the end of the program (June 2024), BTE Englewood will achieve the following:

  • 75% of BTE students complete the three-year BTE-Englewood program
  • 90% of BTE students improve their college entrance exam (SAT, ACT, or FSA) scores
  • 60% of BTE students completed a STEM elective at EHS or via FSCJ
  • 90% of BTE students meet all state requirements for graduation
  • 75% of BTE graduates applied to at least two institutions of higher education or industry certification programs
  • 70% of BTE graduates have been accepted to a post-secondary opportunity
  • 40% of BTE graduates plan to enroll in a post-secondary institution
  • 40% of BTE graduates plan to pursue a STEM2D career
  • 80% of BTE graduates exhibit core work readiness skills and obtain a digital badge certification

To achieve these end-of-grant outcomes, the partners strive to attain the following in Year 1:

  • 90% of BTE students are committed to the BTE program and motivated to participate in year
  • 100% of BTE students understand high school graduation requirements
  • 90% of BTE students are on grade level and obtain junior status
  • All BTE students are aware of post-secondary opportunities.
  • 100% of BTE students understand the higher education application process.
  • 100% of BTE students are aware of STEM2D careers and the diverse education and career paths.
  • 100% of BTE students acquire core foundational skills and complete one digital badge sub-competency.

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BTE Englewood Program Model

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