BTE Around the World
El Paso, Texas / Juarez, Mexico
Grant Period: 1997 – 2001
Welcome to our Community
The El Paso Community Foundation is a charitable foundation which facilitates the philanthropic interests of donors in West Texas, southern New Mexico, and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico. The Johnson & Johnson-funded Bridge to Employment (BTE) partnership emerged from the Foundation’s partnership with Johnson & Johnson Medical, Inc. – Surgikos and its interest in promoting charitable work within El Paso’s sister city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico—a border city with 1.7 million residents and approximately 40 percent of its workforce employed in the industrial sector.
The BTE program focused on increasing the supply of trained nursing and healthcare professionals, especially within the industrial healthcare field in Ciudad Juarez. Students of the Escuela de Enfermeria participated in an industrial nursing internship program during the school year. These BTE participants worked closely with medical professionals at Johnson & Johnson’s Surgikos plant, where they learned first hand about topics such as industrial safety, nutrition, and substance abuse. At the conclusion of the month-long internship, they received academic credit for their participation.
The BTE program provided scholarships to nursing students and the faculty of the Escuela de Enfermeria. The teaching scholarships were designed to provide greater professional development opportunities for staff members, while at the same time increasing the knowledge base of the students at the nursing school. A series of professional development seminars were implemented, in conjunction with other local nursing schools, throughout Ciudad Juarez to provide greater exposure to the nursing profession and access to training opportunities.