Norristown Area, Pennsylvania, USA

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In September 2017, Janssen Biotech (Malvern, PA) partnered with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), and Norristown Area High School (NAHS) to launch a Bridge to Employment (BTE) program in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Targeting 40 tenth grade students enrolled at Norristown Area High School in school year 2017-2018, the three-year program will prepare students to attend and thrive in college and understand career options available in the health sciences and STEM fields. Key program activities include:

  • Value Stream Activities—Many of the BTE activities in the first two years will focus on an investigation into a product value stream (aka The Value Stream). Students will be introduced to each functional area through visits to various Johnson & Johnson sites and Montgomery County Community College, hands-on projects, and student presentations.
  • Dual Enrollment College Course—BTE students will take, as a cohort, the course Strategies for College Success. The course focuses on Key Academic Behaviors and Contextual Skills and Awareness areas of Conley’s comprehensive college readiness model. Topics include, but are not limited to, goal setting, time management, note-taking skills, test-taking skills, social and emotional intelligence, and college support services and resources
  • College and Career-Readiness Workshops—BTE students will visit colleges, sit in on classes, and, along with their parents, participate in various workshops that illustrate the value of college and important information on how to access college.
  • Career Coaching—2-3 students will be paired with 1-2 career coaches throughout the program. Career coaches will help students develop soft skills, work with them on life planning, attend community service activities with students, and other activities.

Impact

By the end of the BTE-Norristown Area program (June 2020), partners anticipate achieving the following outcomes:

  • 100% of BTE students will graduate from high school within 4 years
  • 85% of BTE students will obtain a “C” or better in math and English courses
  • 40% of BTE students will graduate secondary school with 2 college credits
  • 100% of BTE graduates will apply to an institution of higher education
  • 80% of BTE graduates will be college-ready, as defined by passing, or being exempt from the Accuplacer College Placement Test in math had reading/writing or demonstrate proficiency on ACT/SAT
  • 95% of BTE graduates will exhibit non-academic, college, and work-readiness skills
  • 100% of BTE graduates will have identified a specific career/discipline, with 40% electing to pursue a career in the Health/STEM2D sector

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Program Model: Norristown Area, PA