BTE Around the World
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Grant Period: 1995-1999
Welcome to our Community
SER—Jobs for Progress National Inc., one of the largest nonprofit Hispanic employment and training corporations in the United States, began its partnership with Johnson & Johnson’s Bridge to Employment (BTE) partnership in October 1995.
The BTE program was established to encourage Puerto Rican youth (16 to 18 years old) to enter health related fields. With the help of Johnson & Johnson Shared Services, one of the local Johnson & Johnson operating companies, an advisory committee was formed. The advisory committee helped to guide the BTE program by designing strategies to encourage active participation; creating a student’s committee to support and assist future participants; and developing a public awareness strategy.
The hallmark of the BTE program was the student job shadowing experiences and the CPR certification, which strengthened the students’ personal portfolios.
SER’s Bridge to Employment partnership has become instrumental in influencing young people in Bayamon to stay in school, as well as giving them direction and guidance toward fulfilling careers in health care related fields.