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Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Site Establishes ChemFEST Partnership With Mac Williams Middle School

Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Site Establishes ChemFEST Partnership With Mac Williams Middle School

Published 12-19-23

Submitted by The Chemours Company

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Dawn Hughes, Fayetteville Works Plant Manager, and Anita McLaughlin, Mac Williams Middle School Principal, signed a ChemFEST partnership agreement to make the multi-year partnership official on December 12.

Chemours Fayetteville Works and Fayetteville-based Mac Williams Middle School today announced a partnership through the company’s Chemours Future of Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology (ChemFEST) program, to promote early engagement in STEM education in the Fayetteville community.

The ChemFEST school partnership program is a company-wide effort, designed to champion change toward a more diverse science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. Through ChemFEST, Chemours is investing in under-resourced middle schools in its footprint communities to ensure that younger students are exposed to STEM education early on. This is critical as research shows that proficiency and interest in STEM are most influential when initiated before students reach high school and begin choosing their courses, and there will be more than 800,000 job openings in STEM-related fields over the next 20 years.

The ChemFEST school partnership model allows for customization to meet the needs of each partner school and local community. As a first step in its ChemFEST partnership with Mac Williams, Chemours granted over $29,000 in funding for seven Paxton Patterson lab modules, which educate on topics like Alternative Energy, Environment & Ecology, and Engineering & Design. Paxton Patterson labs provide students the opportunity to explore possible careers through simulated experiences in the classroom. Through this hands-on learning, students can explore their interests and aptitudes for different STEM disciplines.

Mac Williams Middle School strives to provide a safe and caring environment that will enable successful outcomes in all aspects of each student's development. The school is committed to preparing students for high school and to be career/college-ready in a globally competitive society.

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Emily Freeman, Mac Williams Career Development Coordinator; Taneka Williams, Cumberland County Schools Career & Technical Education Coordinator; Dawn Hughes, Fayetteville Works Plant Manager; and Anita McLaughlin, Mac Williams Principal, pose for a photo to celebrate the partnership.

Chemours employees will engage with students in a variety of ways throughout the year, including in-lab support and discussing STEM career opportunities, and the company looks forward to continuing to partner with the school and its students in future years through this partnership.

“We are so excited to join Mac Williams Middle School in their pursuit to bring new STEM tools and content to the classroom,” reflected Seth Bailey, Chemours Manufacturing Technology Manager and Fayetteville Works ChemFEST Committee Member. “Our employees are ready to assist the faculty in presenting the lab modules and share how STEM careers bring innovative solutions to address the world’s toughest challenges – which is exactly what Chemours does every day.”

“Mac Williams’ staff members are excited to begin this partnership to provide real world STEM experiences for our students," shared Anita McLaughlin, Mac Williams Middle School Principal.

All ChemFEST programs include multi-year financial support as part of Chemours' goal to invest $50 million to create and sustain vibrant communities. The time, talent, financial resources, and expertise of Chemours and its employees will be used to help meet each school's needs with the goal of engaging and inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals. 

To learn more about Chemours' ChemFEST school partnership program, visit

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The Chemours Company (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, and oil and gas. Our flagship products are sold under prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Teflon™, Viton™, Nafion™, and Krytox™. The company has approximately 6,200 employees and 28 manufacturing sites serving approximately 2,700 customers in approximately 110 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.

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