DePuy (Power Tools VELY Digital Surgery & Capital)
In October 2023, Johnson & Johnson will expand its BTE initiative in the United States with the launch of the BTE Palm Beach Gardens, Florida program. In partnership with DePuy Synthes, Palm Beach State College, and William T. Dwyer High School, this program will work with 55 youth to to engage them in STEM2D (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, Design) activities and post-secondary education and career exploration and planning through a structured three-year programming.
Through a collaboration across partners, youth enrolled in the BTE Palm Beach Gardens program will engage in a series of hands-on STEM2D, career exploration and preparation activities, post-secondary education exploration and preparation, tutoring and mentoring, and community volunteering. With the combined support of DePuy Synthes volunteers and mentors, high school teachers and staff, college professors and staff, and industry representatives, the goal of the program is to enhance academic achievement of the students and support their development of career and post-secondary education portfolios. All BTE Palm Beach Gardens youth will receive consistent support from all participating entities as they take the steps necessary to build a better future and achieve their full potential.
Throughout the BTE program, partners will collaboratively provide a structure for academic and work-based learning with measurable results, expanding students' knowledge of the STEM2D sectors and strengthening their higher education pathways. The BTE Palm Beach Gardens strategy focuses on developing the following four areas:
Students will complete the Birkman Career Assessment, as well as engage in a series of STEM2D project-based learning and tutoring activities.
Youth will engage in DePuy Synthes company-led tours, industry tours, job shadowing, career fairs, as well as engage in a series of employability skills workshops. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a digital badge credential and engage in mentor meetings with DePuy Synthes volunteers.
Students will participate in a variety of exploration and preparation activities including college tours, course planning, college fairs, dual enrollment workshops, application and admissions support, as well as develop a personal financial plan .
Youth participate in community service activities and trips designed to bring awareness to social issues and how to address them. They will also engage in a variety of teambuilding activities and have the opportunity to apply to the BTE global Student Ambassador and Youth Leadership Council programs.
By the end of the program (June 2026), the BTE Palm Beach Gardens program will achieve the following:
90% of BTE participants complete the three-year program.
80% of BTE participants apply to a post-secondary program.
90% of BTE graduates are accepted to and plan to attend a post-secondary program.
80% of BTE graduates pursing a post-secondary program receive financial assistance.
60% of BTE graduates will pursue a STEM2D post-secondary program.
90% of BTE graduates are confident in their employability skills.
80% of BTE graduates obtain at least one digital badge certification.
95% of BTE graduates volunteer in their community and complete 4 of community service hours.