Gift establishes Covestro Manufacturing Lab at Stuart Career Tech High School, reinforces company’s support of the region and STEM education
Baytown, Texas, March 7, 2018 — Yesterday, Covestro LLC and the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) unveiled the Covestro Manufacturing Lab at Stuart Career Tech High School in Baytown, Texas. This community is home to the largest Covestro manufacturing facility in North America.
As part of its corporate giving program, i3 Give, Covestro donated $150,000 to establish the Covestro Manufacturing Lab at the Stuart Career Tech High School’s Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance Academy. The donation helped secure lab equipment that is utilized in careers such as instrumentation, quality and construction, as well as many of the petrochemical industry’s specialized crafts and expands hands-on education for students pursuing careers in this pathway.
“Manufacturers in Baytown and elsewhere frequently have difficulty filling positions because, all too often, the pool of candidates lacks the right set of science, math and technical skills for the available positions,” said Rod Herrick, vice president and site manager, Covestro Industrial Park Baytown. “We’re convinced that engaging students through hands-on educational opportunities such as this is vital to ensuring a qualified labor pool today and in the future.”
Stuart Career Tech High School is an early college high school that combines rigorous career and technical coursework with core curriculum classes. Students receive hands-on, project-based instruction in one of the four academy career pathways. The goal is for students to earn college credit and industry certifications in partnership with Lee College while attending high school. This prepares students to complete their associate and/or baccalaureate degree education or pursue entry-level occupations.
“We are told by our advisory committee that it is often difficult to find qualified candidates to fill available manufacturing positions,” said Randal O’Brien, superintendent of schools, Goose Creek CISD. “By providing valuable, hands-on learning opportunities for our students interested in exploring careers in manufacturing-related disciplines, the Covestro Manufacturing Lab will help bridge this gap in the Baytown area.”
This gift is part of the company’s long-standing dedication to supporting the local schools and the Baytown area to encourage young minds to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and math. Covestro supports several of the school district’s STEM initiatives including STEM teacher training; Girls in STEM program; robotics teams; providing mentoring, career counseling and science fair judging for junior high and high school students; and, providing apprenticeships, internships and scholarships. Additionally, Covestro employee-volunteers teach nearly 1,700 Goose Greek CISD fifth graders at the Covestro-sponsored i3 STEM Center at Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center through its Microscope Lab program.
About Covestro LLC and i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate):
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.
i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts. i3 Give is designed to innovate corporate philanthropy strategies that combine both human and financial resources to build stronger communities. i3 Engage re-imagines the way employees from for-profits and nonprofits engage with one another for more effective outcomes, and i3 STEM ignites young minds to become the innovators of tomorrow through support of hands-on, inquiry-based STEM education, workforce experience and employee volunteerism.
Find more information at www.covestro.us.
About Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District:
Goose Creek CISD is the 58th largest school district in Texas, serving approximately 24,000 students in the Baytown and Highlands communities. For four consecutive years, all 28 campuses within the district have achieved “Met Standard.” In the 2018-2019 school year, the district will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
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