BLOOMINGTON – Boston Scientific, a global life sciences company in Spencer, Indiana, received the 2021 Business & Industry Partnership Award from the Indiana Association for Adult & Continuing Education (IAACE).
Robert Moore, a member of the IAACE Board of Directors, presented the award at the company’s monthly Direct Labor Awards Ceremony on June 8, 2022. Moore also serves as director of adult education for the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana.
The IAACE Business & Industry Partnership Award is given annually to a person or organization that makes contributions to the field of adult education. Perhaps it is a business that goes up and beyond with monetary support or a person, organization, or business that collaborates with an adult education program for services in a way that allows it to exceed expectations of its adult learners or overperform on measurements.
Boston Scientific’s Spencer site primarily manufactures medical devices for endoscopic and urologic procedures, while also collaborating with its research and development partners to produce cutting-edge medical technology.
IAACE selected Boston Scientific for the award because the company has utilized adult education services continuously for the past four years. Since 2018, Boston Scientific has partnered with the Owen County Public Library, the adult education program in Spencer, for a high school equivalency class for its entry-level employees.
Beginning in 2019, the company began an initiative to recruit native Spanish-speakers to its workforce and partnered with Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Adult Education program to provide English Language Learning training to those employees. Through these workforce education initiatives, approximately 190 employees received instruction for the high school equivalency tests or English Language Learning. Thirty-two employees have earned the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma, and 59 employees learning English have shown a measurable gain in reading or listening skills on standardized pre-tests and post-tests.