Workforce Visionary

Locating the next generation of talented engineers and scientists is an ongoing challenge. Eastman mentors, trains and facilitates university research to identify winners.

Winning with ocean science

At the company's global headquarters in East Tennessee, students at Dobyns-Bennett High School are being challenged to apply cross-disciplinary learnings to real world issues and problems in a unique capstone course.

Most recently, the school's first team took home fifth place at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Regional Competition in Wilmington, NC. What makes this team unique? The Dobyns-Bennett team is made up of four young ladies that set a great example of the importance of equipping girls in STEAM curriculum to develop a diverse workforce.

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Educating the educators

Eastman, in partnership with East Tennessee State University's Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, provides professional development for math and science teachers. These programs were created to raise student achievement levels in partnership with school systems around the world. The programs give math and science teachers opportunities to attend workshops every summer, with additional professional development and training activities provided during the academic year.

Exploring opportunities for excellence

Public-private partnerships between industry and higher education provide insight as well as opportunities for developing a more successful workforce. Eastman maintains partnerships with a variety of universities, including North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee. These partnerships support collaborative innovation by providing state-of-the art facilities and real-world experiences that foster creativity and challenge students to become better.