Leading the Way

Unum expands commitment to community

Unum is partnering with the Hamilton County School System in Tennessee to help fund a new education initiative. Future Ready Institutes will roll out across the system’s high schools this fall.

Unum has chosen to partner on this program because we know that great futures begin with great education. And great education is the foundation of strong communities. This is why supporting students, teachers, and schools in the community where we live and work is a top priority

“The vision that all Hamilton County School students should graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary opportunities is a cause that we can rally behind at Unum,” said Miles Huff, community relations specialist at Unum. “Supporting students, teachers, and schools in the communities where we live and work is one of our top priorities.”

Future Ready Institutes will challenge the traditional approach to education in high schools by developing career-themed small learning communities. Teachers of all content areas including English, math, science and social studies will work closely with the career and technical teacher to provide classroom instruction through the lens of a career. The goal is for students to clearly understand why a lesson is important and how they will use it in the future.

According to Tim Hensley of Hamilton County Schools, “the small learning communities that will create a school within a school will give high school students an opportunity to combine academics with a career field that interests them.”

To help train teachers and instructors of the program, Unum is providing $300,000 over the next three years.

Teachers will visit the company’s Chattanooga office this summer for a week-long training session where they will learn about business and industry needs in the community and how to provide a closer connection between teaching in the classroom and career requirements.

“Unum has stepped up to take care of teacher development and training,” said Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes of Hamilton County Schools. “The summer training at Unum will prepare the team of educators to use the project-based learning method and give them practical experience on the job site in the Future Ready Institute program they will be leading.”

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