MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2018--
Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today announced that it will join forces with
more than 10 Memphis-area education and industry partners to launch TEC:
Technical Education for Communities.
The TEC program is a global initiative that targets the technical skills
gap through local vocational education programs. It delivers a
standardized education platform to help school partners develop
market-relevant curriculum, teacher training, career guidance and the
practical experience needed by students.
“We look forward to bringing to Memphis this global community education
program that has trained over 1,000 students to date,” said Mary
Titsworth Chandler, CEO of the Cummins Foundation.
Currently, Cummins has 22 TEC sites across the globe. TEC Memphis will
be the first of its kind for the company in the United States. The
program will operate at the T-STEM Academy at East High School.
“Building on our company’s rich history of corporate responsibility,
Cummins and the Cummins Foundation are addressing the technical skills
gap through vocational programs,” said Jenny Bush, Vice President –
Cummins Sales and Service North America. “Through this partnership,
uniting our TEC: Technical Education for Communities program with local
communities here in Memphis, we are able to teach students
industry-relevant technical skills that will help our communities thrive
now and in the future.”
On Jan. 4, 2018, Cummins and its partners, which include Tri-State Truck
Center, Penske Truck Leasing, TAG Truck Center, Peterbilt Truck Centers,
Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., General Truck Sales and Service, Inc., FedEx
Freight, MATA (Memphis Area Transit Authority) and Summit Truck Group
will mark the start of this initiative with a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony. The MOU will outline the
objectives of the program and rally diverse partners around their common
goals of addressing the skills gap and helping build stronger
The T-STEM Academy, in partnership with the University of Memphis and
various industry partners, is a magnet school providing a rigorous,
college preparatory curriculum for students to help them succeed in
various STEM careers.
“I am excited about the establishment of the Cummins TEC program at the
T-STEM Academy East High School,” said Lischa T. Brooks, executive
director of the academy. “The TEC program demonstrates our commitment to
provide innovative and high quality instruction that will strengthen the
Memphis community educationally and economically, while establishing
Memphis as a national leader in college and career preparation programs.
We believe this program will serve as a model for how high schools and
post-secondary education institutions can collaborate with industry
partners to provide an amazing experience for students.”
About TEC: Technical Education for Communities
TEC: Technical Education for Communities helps students around the world
secure good jobs through school-based, industry-supported vocational
skills training. TEC fulfills that goal by collaborating with schools
and teachers on a proven, research-backed educational framework and
building partnerships that will commit resources to students and job
opportunities to graduates. TEC’s standardized education platform helps
education partners develop market-relevant curriculum, teacher training,
career guidance and the practical experience needed by students. TEC’s
success is measured by improved educational outcomes, skills and job
acquisition and access for underserved populations. TEC was started by
Cummins Inc. in 2012 when company leaders discovered a growing gap in
the availability of skilled workers and the harm it was causing
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary
business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel
and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel
systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emissions solutions and
electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus,
Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people
worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and
territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and
independent distributor locations and more than 7,400 dealer locations.
Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016.
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