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September 18, 2012 > A summer of science and research

A summer of science and research

Submitted By Helen Patrikis

A reception was recently held at Santa Clara University, in honor of more than 30 Bay Area high school students who had completed the Johnson & Johnson Bridge to Employment (BTE) Program-Silicon Valley, now in its 10th year.

Two local Irvington High School students, Amit Patel and Kevin Chen were among those who participated in the program this summer. The reception featured all of the students' poster presentations summarizing their findings.

Bridge to Employment-Silicon Valley internships help students build solid futures by introducing them to a broad array of careers in health care, science, technology and provide them with real world experiences. With an emphasis by the Obama Administration on improving the country's math and science education, programs such as BTE Silicon Valley serve to provide students with opportunities for contextual learning in these fields by exposing them to real-world work experiences and connecting them to institutions of higher learning.

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Johnson & Johnson Bridge to Employment Corporate program has benefitted more than 3,500 students. BTE Silicon Valley, one of the longest sustaining BTE partnerships in the program, has provided more than 175 internships to local area students exploring careers in science and technology and the business aspects of the industry.

For more information visit, www.bridge2employment.org

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