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Cummins and Partners Celebrate Launch of Technical Education for Communities Programs in Memphis

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and more than 10 Memphis-area education and industry partners gathered today to celebrate the launch of the TEC: Technical Education for Communities program at the T-STEM Academy at East High School. TEC Memphis is the first of its kind in the United States, but one of 22 programs across the globe.

TEC is the first strategic community program built by Cummins from the ground up and is a global community initiative that targets the technical skills gap through local vocational education programs. It helps disadvantaged youth around the world secure good jobs through school-based, industry-supported skills training. 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. 

"I'm a firm believer that you can do great things in life with access to the right people and the right opportunities- which I believe TEC will offer for current and future students of Memphis," said Jenny Bush, Vice-President- Cummins Sales and Service North America. "The foundational skills I received as part of my technical education have been critical to my success as they will be to all the students that attend here."

Cummins partnered with other companies in the industry including Tri-State Truck Center to outfit the school's automotive laboratory with equipment and tools to enrich the students' hands-on learning experience. 

"The TEC program is a great example of how businesses can partner with education institutions to impact the future workforce of their industries," said Lischa T. Brooks, executive director of the academy. "The mission of the T-STEM Academy is to inspire, challenge, and equip our students for their future. Launching TEC is one way we are delivering on that commitment to the Memphis Community."

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 the succeed in various STEM careers.