Investing in STEM programs and donating essential supplies: America’s fuels and petrochemicals companies give back

Workforce |  2 min. read

Amidst a looming wave of retirements in the next decade, America’s fuel and petrochemical industries are helping to prepare potential employees to fill future vacancies.

One of the ways the industries are developing the next generation of employees is by supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at all levels. The industries are investing in programs to spark the interest of students from elementary to college the practical hands-on experience they need to excel in these fields, and supporting programs to keep teachers on top of their fields.

That’s something that America’s fuel and petrochemical companies are keeping in mind as we observe National Teacher Appreciation Week. Here are just a few of the ways that these companies are giving back to the educators and their students.

  • The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) partnered with the Chemical Education Foundation (CEF) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) to bring a professional development workshop series, materials and mentorship program to teachers in Washington, DC. The workshop series focuses on implementing hands-on science lessons in the classroom.
  • As part of a broader STEM strategy, Chevron supports a program called 100Kin10, which aims to train 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years – a goal that was once thought impossible. The program has raised more than $100 million and trained 40,000 STEM teachers in the first five years.
  • ExxonMobil helps get teachers into teaching STEM to middle-school and high-school students through ongoing, robust support for the National Math and Science Initiative, the UTeach Institute and Teach for America.
  • A group of 5th grade girls, who are part of the Engineering Society of Detroit, got a chance to get out of the classroom and into Marathon Petroleum’s area refinery for an inside look at the workings of the facility led by female engineers. They even got to do a little work themselves, with experienced engineer standing right by.
  • In New Orleans, Valero has partnered with the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering to engage middle school boys in the wonders of STEM at a Boys At Tulane in STEM (BATS) workshop. The program is designed to support students who have little exposure to science in school and to inspire them to pursue careers in STEM.

Now more than ever, teachers have stepped up to go above and beyond to ensure their students continue to learn and grow, even while many are unable to teach inside of their classrooms and have had to adapt to online learning environments. The fuel and petrochemical industries are taking this challenge to heart, and these are some ways they are supporting educational needs during these challenging times.

  • Chevron donated $500,000 to DonorsChoose’s Keep Kids Learning initiative, which will help provide teachers across the U.S. in highest-need schools with grants to purchase essential supplies for students who are now out of school. To date, the program has raised more than $6.4 million.
  • CITGO has partnered with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to donate 150 Kindles to the Houston and Alief Independent School Districts to help support low-income students’ e-learning needs during the COVID-19 school closures and subsequent move to remote learning platforms.
  • Phillips 66 is supporting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s effort to order 100,000 new books to donate to the Houston Independent School District (ISD).

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