J&J Local Partner


Community Partner

  • Center for Healthier Communities at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego – Coordinating Entity
  • Herbert Hoover High School
  • San Diego Unified School District
In September 2015, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital Center for Healthier Communities launched a BTE program for 46 youth (tenth graders in school year 2015/16) attending Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, California. Throughout the three-year program, the partners provided a variety of academic enrichment, career exploration, and higher education preparation opportunities, including:
  • Tutoring.  BTE students had access to College Tutors every day after school, as well as core content area tutoring by teachers on a weekly basis.
  • Summer Enrichment. At the Southern California Biotechnology Center, students chose from three unique summer experiences: Life Sciences Summer Institute (competitive application), the Summer Science Camp, or the Intro Life Science Experience Course.
  • College Prep Experiences centered on test-prep workshops for the PSAT, SAT/SAT, CAHSEE, EAP, and ReadiStop, as well as college readiness workshops on writing a personal statement, scholarships 101, and completing the college application.
  • Academic/College/Career Planning entailed individual counseling sessions, Noviance (on-line assessment and planning tool) exposure, "Road to College" classroom presentations, and guidance lessons.
  • Company/Post-Secondary Tours and Tasters. Students participated in hands-on tours of Janssen, as well as a UniversityLink experience (a one-day summer immersion sessions with enrolled college students) and "Explore Days" at San Diego State University and CSU San Marcos, among others.
  • Guest Lectures & Seminars included a Diabetes Seminar, Live From Cardiac Classroom, and Johnson & Johnson's Global Connect.
  • Professional Workshops were held on key work readiness skills, including cultural proficiency (Camp LEAD), team building, leadership, and communication, among others.
  • Hands-on Science and Community Service Projects. Applied learning projects focused on unique topics, such as DNA, Chemistry, and the Ocean Discover Institute.
  • Job Shadowing and Internships. Workplace experiences, including "DOC For A Day."
  • Parent Nights. Monthly parent workshops and principal talks featured parent portal training, academic support opportunities, guidance on the college and financial aid application processes, among others. 
  • Portfolio.  Students created a portfolio that reflected their BTE experience and its influence on their knowledge and understanding of the health and science sectors, careers and their future.