J&J Local Partner

Johnson & Johnson (formerly Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group)

Community Partner

  • Fundacion Cardio Infantil

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Johnson & Johnson de Colombia partnered with Fundación Cardioinfantil (FCI) and Politécnico Internacional (PI) to implement a Bridge to Employment (BTE) program in Bogotá, Colombia. The program addressed the economic, social, academic, and geographical disadvantages that prevent the success of young adults by providing a variety of activities, including academic enrichment, applied learning opportunities, and links to continuing education. In Year 1, the program focused on “College Transitions.” The site worked with 37, first-term students enrolled at the Politécnico Internacional—a private institution that awards the equivalent of a U.S. associate’s degree—in oral health, nursing and electromedicine disciplines. Each student received a tuition scholarship and participated in tutoring, “soft skills” workshops and a guest lecture series, which was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson and PI volunteers. In subsequent years, the BTE program focused on career development and job placement activities, including resume development, interviewing, entrepreneurship, job placement support, and continuing education opportunities. BTE students received tuition scholarships and were required to participate in corrective and preventative tutoring in key subjects and English language courses. Student-led service-learning projects improved understanding of challenges such as childhood nutrition, oral health, and teenage pregnancy facing the community. To foster long-term impacts, PI instructors participated in intensive professional development aimed at improving pedagogical methods.

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