J&J Local Partner

Johnson & Johnson Vision

Community Partner

  • Center for Educational Partnerships at the University of California, Irvine – Coordinating Entity
  • High School, Inc.
  • Valley High School

Johnson & Johnson Vision, the University of California, Irvine's (UCI) Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), High School, Inc., and Valley High School launched a new Bridge to Employment (BTE) program in Orange County, California, USA in September 2020. The three-year program seeks to increase the number of young people enrolling in, attending, and completing higher education and pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (STEM2D) careers. The partners will provide a variety of academic enrichment, career exploration and readiness, higher education exploration & preparation, and community engagement and leadership opportunities including:

  • Academic Advisement- where students will be encouraged and supported in the completion of their district or school sponsored SAT preparation
  • Career Advisement- students take appropriate career assessments to inform their Education Career Plan (ECP)
  • Personal Interest Inventory- students learn to assess their strengths to aid in short-and-long term planning and to inform personal development
  • Career Readiness/Foundational Skills Workshop- students will participate in workshops which cover resume building, STEM activities, professional etiquette etc.
  • Career Exposure- through career awareness sessions, job shadowing opportunities, internships 
  • College Preparation Workshops- financial aid, college application preparation/coaching, college transition etc.
  • Field Trips, Tours and Demonstrations- exposure to college campuses, facilities tours etc.
  • Community Engagement Events & Activities- kickoff event, leadership development training, service experiences etc

News & updates

Key Program Activities


By June 2023, the BTE Orange County program anticipates achieving the following End-of-Grant outcomes: