Santa Ana High School's Bridge to Employment (BTE), a collaboration between the high school, UCI's Center for Educational Partnerships, and Johnson & Johnson ASP, enabled two Santa Ana High School students to travel to Portugal October 6-9 as Student Ambassadors to Johnson & Johnson's annual Alliance Building and Training Session (ABTS).
Selected from a highly competitive pool of of applicants, Anthony Camacho and Elizabeth Cortez Garcia were accompanied to Portugal by CFEP's Early Academic Outreach Program Director Ashley Cheri. Once in country, Anthony and Elizabeth spent three days interacting with business representatives, higher education partners, educators, and intermediaries from around the world learning about model programs and what communities can do to provide academic enrichment opportunities, facilitate career exploration, and prepare students for higher education. Their activities included informing the 70+ attendees about their local BTE activities, developing and presenting a team-based STEM2D Ignite Activity, and earning an Intercultural Fluency Digital Badge.
At program completion, the Santa Ana students were praised for their engagement and their contributions: "Anthony and Elizabeth demonstrated exceptional teamwork, leadership, problem-solving abilities, communication skills, cultural awareness, and kindness in working with students from around the world. They are stellar examples of what Johnson & Johnson’s BTE program strives to achieve" (Johnson & Johnson).
Launched in 1992, Bridge to Employment (BTE) is a Johnson & Johnson initiative that prepares youth for brighter futures. Johnson & Johnson partners with FHI 360’s National Institute for Work and Learning (NIWL) to manage the global BTE initiative.
The School of Education's Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP) creates collaborations that support preparation for and success in higher education with a focus is on equity and access for all students