In September 2021, Johnson & Johnson expanded its BTE initiative in the United States. DePuy Synthes, OrthoWorx, Warsaw Community Schools, Purdue Fort Wayne, Grace College, and Ivy Tech Community College worked with FHI 360 to collaboratively design and launch a program in the Warsaw, Indiana community.
Students in the BTE Warsaw program will benefit from career and education exploration, as well as activities within the program that will expose students to four long-term outcomes. Ultimately, students will be networked to DePuy Synthes, setting them up for global opportunities through Johnson & Johnson employees; students will be able to network with other BTE students across the globe, increasing their global competency. Three other long-term outcomes include: increase in the number of youths enrolling in higher education; increase in the number of youths pursuing STEM2D careers; and increase the awareness of jobs and careers available to them within Kosciusko County.
The three-year BTE-Warsaw program targets 56 students enrolled in their final 3 years at Warsaw Community Schools in the 2021-2022 academic year. To achieve the stated outcomes, BTE partners will offer a variety of Academic Enrichment, Career Readiness & Exploration, Higher Education Preparation, and Community Engagement and Leadership opportunities.
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By June 2024, the BTE-Warsaw program anticipates achieving the following End-of-Grant outcomes:
50% of BTE students will pursue a career, have a resume, and know how to apply for jobs.
50% of BTE students will apply to a post-secondary institution.
100% of BTE students pursuing college know how and where to apply for financial aid.
75% of BTE students earn at least 40 HS credits with an overall GPA of 3.0.
30% of BTE graduates who enroll in higher education will pursue a STEM2D discipline.
100% of BTE students will graduate from high school.
75% of BTE graduates will have earned 10 or more points towards the Work Ethic Certificate.
50% of students will lead a project for a local nonprofit.