The second New Brunswick Bridge to Employment (BTE) program began in 1996 with the formation of a partnership between New Brunswick Public Schools, New Brunswick Tomorrow, and Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters. The BTE grant supported the New Brunswick School-to-Work initiative, a five year plan to bring systemic change to the New Brunswick public schools. The BTE program offered work-based learning experiences for 11th and 12th grade participants, field trips, CPR courses, and opportunities for working with mentors. The BTE partnership also:
- Established a career center at a local high school;
- Developed a K-12 Career Development Curriculum; and
- Collaborated with Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce to create the Educators Institute.