BTE Around the World
Grant Period: 2013 – 2016
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In September 2013, Johnson & Johnson in partnership with Janssen Romania, Junior Achievement Romania and Carol Davila – University of Medicine & Pharmacy launched the BTE-Bucharest, Romania program for 50 students attending either Gheorghe Lazăr National College or Ion Creangă National College. During the three-year program, BTE students participated in a host of academic enrichment, career exploration, and higher education preparation activities, including:
- Academic Tutoring in the areas of math, science, Romanian, and English.
- Work Readiness Sessions enabled BTE students to learn and demonstrate high-level work readiness skills, such as public speaking, presentation skills, and professionalism.
- Company Tours & Site Visits showcased various companies, hospitals, organizations, and careers in the health care fields.
- Career Lectures by Carol Davila representatives on different health care careers, their pathways, and degrees offered at the University.
- University Tutoring & Admission Support – entrance exam tutoring by Carol Davila University students and faculty, as well as support during the application process.
An independent evaluation of the BTE-Bucharest program found several positive outcomes:
- 100% of the BTE participants completed the three-year program (50:50 students).
- BTE students graduated from secondary school in the top 20% of their class.
- 100% of BTE graduates plan to attend an institution of higher education.
- 70% of BTE students were accepted to a University Medical School.
- 20% of BTE students obtained a University scholarship.
- 90% of BTE students decided to continue their academic studies in Romania.
- 75% of BTE students plan to pursue a health / science career (vs. 0% in the comparison group).
- BTE students were more likely (17.1%) to volunteer than the comparison group (2.7%).
- JA Romania adapted the BTE model for other STEM careers, including careers in the gaming industry. This replication project is being financially supported by Ubisoft – the world’s second largest provider of video games.