December 3, 2020
A Public-Private Partnership Designed to Improve Student Soft Skills: The Johnson & Johnson Bridge-to-Employment Program
This paper, published by JAEPR, looks at a corporate-education partnership between Johnson & Johnson and disadvantaged public schools called Bridge-to-Employment (BTE) and examines the program’s impact on student acquisition of soft or non-cognitive, school-to-career transition skills. The authors model the differences in the attainment levels of eight soft skills in a sample of 236 BTE and 308 Comparison students from 10 BTE program sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Using cross-site trajectory analysis, we find that BTE participation had a positive impact on BTE students’ communication skills, perceived readiness for an immediate job, readiness for career, teamwork, and persistence in pursuing a task/goal (grit). BTE did not have an impact on students’ problem solving skills, readiness for college or ability to set long-term goals. We discuss the possible reasons for these mixed results and the need for encouraging more direct business-public school partnerships to address the growing knowledge and skills gaps facing our nation.
December 3, 2020
Private sector inputs into public school preparation for careers in health care and STEM: An examination of cognitive skills development in the Johnson & Johnson Bridge-to-Employment program in the United States
This International Journal of Educational Research article examines the impact of a STEM enhancement program (SEP) sponsored by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) entitled Bridge-to-Employment (BTE). The authors look at the science, math and language arts grades of 236 BTE and 308 comparison students from ten BTE program sites in the U.S, and find that BTE participation slows the deterioration in math and language arts grades, but has no impact on science grades. We discuss the implications this research has for future evaluations of SEPs and for the formulation of future SEP initiatives.
May 18, 2020
The Global Youth Leadership Council (YLC) produces a quarterly Bridge to Employment newsletter, sharing BTE site activities and announcements from around the world.
February 4, 2020
A collection of case studies on BTE sites in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Learn about the BTE initiative's impact and the success!
November 21, 2018
A collection of case studies on BTE sites in Puerto Rico, India, Australia, and the United States. Come see what makes a project successful!
November 7, 2017
Over 4,000 students and countless volunteers have passed through BTE over our 25 years. We have collected their stories and distilled lessons from them for the future of the program.
March 28, 2017
In honor of BTE's 25th Anniversary, we conducted a study to isolate 25 lessons from BTE program implementation. This report illustrates our findings.
May 27, 2018
The Spanish-language version of "Celebrating the BTE Story: 25 Years, 25 Lessons." In honor of BTE's 25th Anniversary, we conducted a study to isolate 25 lessons from BTE program implementation. This report illustrates our findings.
February 1, 2017
An Infographic created in conjunction with BTE's 25th anniversary that highlights the program's model and impacts.
November 2, 2016
A brochure developed in 2016 that describes BTE and its accomplishments.