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Eastman Receives Top Honor for College and Career Readiness

Named as the National Exemplar in ACT's National College and Career Readiness Program

SOURCE: Eastman Chemical Company


KINGSPORT, Tenn., June 10, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Every year, ACT recognizes the achievements of four national exemplars for College and Career Readiness: a student, a high school, a community college and an employer.  Last night in Washington, DC, ACT recognized Eastman as the National Employer Exemplar. This annual program honors a distinguished group of students, schools and employers for exemplifying what is being done in states across the country to improve individuals’ prospects for success. Eastman is the only employer in the nation to receive this prestigious distinction.

The national finalists were selected from nominations by each of 34 participating states across four award categories: Student Readiness (student), College and Career Transition (high school), Career Preparedness (community college) and Workplace Success (employer). Each of these categories represents a critical juncture in the college and career readiness continuum. The exemplars were determined by the 2015 National Selection Committee comprising education, business, and political leaders.

“At Eastman, we are committed to growing excitement and engagement in STEAM areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics while exploring the best ways to meet the educational needs of our communities,” said David Golden, senior vice president and chief legal officer at Eastman.  “We believe well aligned strategic partnerships have the ability to leverage resources in unique and helpful ways that can have significant, long-term impacts.

Through shared partnerships, Eastman remains very active in support of Pre-K through 12+ educational initiatives through the Putting Children First partnership (PCF), in place since the early 1990’s.   Just recently, Eastman partnered with the Drive to 55 Alliance working to support and reach a statewide goal of 55% of Tennesseans with an earned college degree or certificate by 2025.  The state of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Promise program, will provide two years of tuition-free education at a community college or technical school. Eastman currently leads the statewide effort with the most mentors provided by a single corporation. 

Globally, the company works directly with school systems in our site communities and offers career expos, leadership training for students and faculty, teacher externships, environmental stewardship education, Robotics competitions, the Eastman Scholar MathElites program, and Eastman’s GEM4STEMTM program which allows employees 40 hours per calendar year to go into the classroom and provide support to students and teachers. 

Eastman offers dedicated training and development focused on building the skills and knowledge of employees through classroom courses, online courses, just-in-time training, tuition reimbursement, leadership development and other training and development resources. With a focus on individuals, the company places a strong emphasis on coaching and mentoring employees through their careers

“Eastman and Northeast State Community College have a longstanding partnership with other industry and educational institutions to provide a quality education to future workers in advanced manufacturing careers,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, president at Northeast State.

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