Middle Tennessee State University and Bridgestone Americas team-up

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Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), working in cooperation with Bridgestone Americas, has created an innovative leadership development program to help women and men already in the workforce enhance their skills and even earn a degree.

Coordinated through MTSU’s University College, the new Applied Leadership certificate program launches this fall, with Bridgestone employees expected among the inaugural group of students. The program offers adult learners already on the job a chance to earn additional job certifications — and even a bachelor’s degree — through online courses and short, intensive on-campus instruction.

A student enrolling in the program can earn individual certificates in the following four areas: leadership theory; communication and problem solving; leading teams; and leading people and managing change. Each certificate can be earned following the completion of two, seven-week online courses and a one-week intensive training on campus.

The company will divest its business in Venezuela, Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana (BFVZ), to the Corimon Group. The business will now become Alice Neumáticos de Venezuela. The move follows the BFVZ deconsolidation in the third quarter of 2015. It is a strategic decision to prioritize Bridgestone’s growth and investment in other Latin American markets.

Thanks to the fact that the Venezuela operations were deconsolidated from Bridgestone Americas last year, this divestiture will have no financial impact on the company.

Bridgestone wishes the best of success to the new owners of the company and to employees as they begin this next phase under new management.

6 June, 2016

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