2018 Best Commitment to Education Finalists

AbbVie

By focusing on student success, AbbVie addresses the economic hardships and social challenges faced by residents of North Chicago, Illinois, where the company is headquartered.

AbbVie volunteers are at the heart of driving change—committing over 41,000 hours to North Chicago since 2013. AbbVie employees’ time and talent have resulted in dramatic increases in student’s engagement STEM and interest in their futures. This has led to historic enrollment in AP and career and technical education courses.

AbbVie recognizes that the outcomes and achievements of students are also dependent on their learning environment and physical health. The company renovated schools with amenities necessary for a safe and welcoming learning environment. AbbVie built the North Chicago district’s first early childhood learning center and school-based health center and renovated the local library. By understanding the needs of students and the surrounding community, AbbVie has maximized its impact in North Chicago.


IBM

The U.S. economy will create 16 million new middle-skill jobs by 2024, yet only 43% of the workforce is trained to the middle-skill level.

Preparing a workforce trained to fill these “new collar” jobs will require new kinds of collaboration—involving governments, public school systems, community colleges, and businesses across multiple industries.

That is why IBM designed the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, model. P-TECH is a public-private partnership that integrates high school and community college curricula, along with workplace experiences such as mentorship, site visits and paid internships. Students graduate with a no-cost associate degree in applied science and are first in line with their industry partner.

P-TECH launched in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York, and now spans 110 schools across eight U.S. states, Australia, Morocco, and Taiwan, with further replication underway. More than 500 businesses are participating, demonstrating that this model builds the competitive talent pipeline required for 21st Century jobs.


Tata Consultancy Services

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is committed to preparing America’s students for careers of today and tomorrow.

TCS envisioned Ignite My Future in School as a pioneering effort to empower educators through a transdisciplinary approach by integrating computational thinking, an essential 21st Century skill, into core subjects like math, science, art, and social studies.

Built on the concepts of access, equity and inclusion, the program provides students, teachers and school districts with best-in-class professional development, first-of-its-kind computational thinking resources, a community of teacher leaders, family-centered community nights and year-round curriculum engagement–all free of cost.

Ignite My Future, in partnership with Discovery Education, has engaged 3,300+ educators and 185,000+ students across the U.S., steadily approaching its five-year-goal of impacting 20,000 teachers and 1 million students.