The Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) award was established in 2007 by the Texas Legislature. Its purpose is to honor Texas employers who encourage and support staff participation and voluntarism in the public schools.
Any Texas employer is eligible to win the award, including private companies, nonprofit organizations, and state, local, federal and educational entities.
Both small and large businesses were among those recognized for their continuing support of Texas public school students. The 2017 recipients are:
Colinas Federal Credit Union
its history, the Las Colinas Federal Credit Union has made education a top
priority. It gives employees time off to attend school conferences and
activities and, since 2004, has had a formal volunteer program with the Coppell
Independent School District. It
initially began this partnership by creating the Valley Ranch Elementary Star
Savers Bank. The credit union put together new account information packets and
fourth-grade students began applying for jobs at the Star Savers Bank. They
were hired for jobs such as the manager, teller, bookkeeper and security. This
new bank opened for business on Oct. 1, 2004 and began opening savings accounts
LCFCU Student Run Branch Program has expanded to five elementary schools. Along
with Valley Ranch, it is now in Austin, Mockingbird, Pinkerton and Lee
elementaries. The bank is open before school twice a month. An adult credit
union employee is on hand to help the junior bankers. More than 1,000 students
have saved about $400,000 since the inception of this childhood financial
literacy program. LCFCU also sponsors The Star Saver Education Foundation,
which has awarded 12 scholarships, totaling $11,000, and holds financial
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
a market infrastructure provider for the global financial services industry,
also partners with Coppell ISD on multiple efforts. The company provides paid
time off for employees who participate in volunteer activities and offers an
annual workplace giving and matching gift program. The company has focused on Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects in the schools. It has
partnered for two years with Town Center Elementary School, providing
professionals to speak at a Career Day about coding utilizing technology in the
classrooms. DTCC sponsored a “Women in STEM Careers” seminar as part of the
Tech Titan partnership. Its employees have also served as reviewers for the
capstone presentations of New Tech High School’s senior projects.
a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) partnership
with the Coppell Education Foundation, DTCC developed a stock market simulation
curriculum and assisted with a summer camp for 100 seventh- and eighth-grade
Silver Award Recipients: Bronze Award Recipient:
Nominations are accepted each year. The commissioner of education or his designee reviews the nominations and makes recommendations for the award winners. The recommendations are reviewed by the chair of the State Board of Education.
The annual deadline for nominations is June 30.
Awards are presented in the fall of each year.
Employers for Education Excellence Nomination Form (PDF, 829 KB)
Three Levels of Recognition
Employers are eligible to receive an award at one of three levels: bronze, silver, or gold. Eligibility is based on the business meeting the following criteria for one of the three levels:
Bronze-level awards recognize an employer that implements a policy to encourage and support employees who attend parent-teacher conferences
Silver-level awards recognize an employer that meets the requirements of bronze, and implements a policy to encourage and support employees who volunteer in school activities
Gold-level awards recognize an employer that meets the requirements of silver, and implements a policy to encourage and support employees who participate in student mentoring programs in schools.
Past EEE Winners
The following links are to archived press releases announcing EEE winners: