Many of Chevron's efforts to improve education are focused in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We partner with Project Lead the Way, one of the leading providers of STEM curricula for middle and high school students in the United States. Our contributions are helping the organization, which currently reaches 400,000 students, expand in areas of California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas where Chevron has significant operations. Our funds have started or expanded engineering programs at 45 schools in California. We also have invested in more than 5,000 hours of teacher training and contributed to the education of nearly 54,000 students.
Chevron's other key educational initiatives include:
- The University Partnership Program, which works with colleges and universities around the world to build capacity through scholarships, grants and department gifts.
- Fuel Your School, an innovative collaboration that makes it easy for anyone to help public school teachers obtain classroom resources.
- The Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, which provides learning centers for underserved primary schools in Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Venezuela. The learning centers include technology, video programming and innovative teacher training to advance the quality of education.
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia
In Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, Chevron has helped to found, develop and fund polytechnic schools to train students for jobs in the industrial sector. Launched in 2008, the Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic in Dammam was the first of its kind in the kingdom. It graduated its first class of field service professionals in 2010.
In Indonesia, our second such school, Politeknik Aceh, was built with our partners in the long-term recovery effort following the 2004 tsunami. It offers courses in robotics, information technology and accounting. The first class graduated in September 2011.
Also in Indonesia, Chevron works with a number of partners to provide vocational training in skills such as welding, automotive repair, heavy-equipment operation, carpentry, electronics, cooking, sewing and agriculture. The program has served more than 2,500 people in the past three years.
The Chevron Cape Town Refinery, working with Northlink College, is addressing the shortage of skilled labor in South Africa by funding training in nationally accredited trade-skills programs. In 2012, 71 Western Cape residents were trained in skills ranging from welding to mechanical fitting. These talents are needed in the local community and help the refinery find and hire qualified workers during periodic refinery maintenance shutdowns. Thirty-two individuals from the program have since been hired in scheduled maintenance shutdowns in 2012 and 2013, and eight graduates have been employed by one of Chevron's main contractors. Three graduates received direct contracts with Chevron.
The Teacher Training Program is a two-year education-focused program that offers technical training and innovative teaching strategies in the areas of Spanish, literacy, math and information technology. Beyond training, the project offers teachers follow-up monitoring and continual evaluation. About 560 local teachers in rural and indigenous areas have participated.