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Celanese Announces Partnership to Bring Proven National Education Program to Dallas

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Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) , a global technology and specialty materials company, today announces its leadership role in the formation of a multi-year partnership with City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that will bring to Dallas a proven national program which improves the educational outcomes in high-need urban schools.

City Year is working with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to launch a pilot program in two schools this winter. City Year will partner with the district to help students in its highest need schools graduate from high school prepared for college and future careers.

The formation of City Year Dallas has been led by the Celanese Foundation along with WW Caruth Jr. Foundation, the Mark and Rachel Rohr Foundation, AT&T, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the Meadows Foundation.

“At Celanese, we are committed to improving educational outcomes for students,” said Mark Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer, Celanese Corporation. “I have witnessed the success of City Year’s data-driven model in other cities across the country, and we wanted to ensure that students in this community have every opportunity to meet their potential.”

The Celanese Foundation has committed $1.6 million over the next four years to support City Year’s efforts. The partnership with City Year begins at Roosevelt High School in East Oak Cliff – a district south of downtown Dallas on the edge of transformation – where the Celanese Foundation is sponsoring a team of City Year AmeriCorps members to make an impact by investing time, resources and talent. Celanese’s investment will provide the necessary resources and employee volunteers to support leadership and professional development of the AmeriCorps members through programming, participation in high-impact service projects, and helping transform schools.

“We are enormously grateful to our remarkable champions in Dallas who are working so hard to make City Year Dallas a reality,” said Michael Brown, City Year, Inc., chief executive officer and co-founder. “We are proud to be partnering with the Dallas Independent School District to deploy talented, trained and deeply committed City Year AmeriCorps members to high need Dallas schools to help students stay in school and on track to graduation and life success.”

When the City Year Dallas program officially launches next fall, it will be serving in five of the district’s highest need schools and will be City Year’s 26th and newest site.

During the first year, 50 highly trained City Year AmeriCorps members will serve full-time in schools where they will tutor students one-on-one, provide in-class support, and organize school-wide programs to increase student academic achievement and engagement. Currently, 2,800 City Year AmeriCorps members serve in more than 260 high-need urban public schools nationwide.

More information is available at CelaneseFoundation.com.

About City Year

City Year is an education-focused organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 26 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide support, to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at www.cityyear.org.

About Celanese

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2014 net sales of $6.8 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.

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