In Angola, we work with the National Institute for Research and Educational Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to introduce entrepreneurship curriculum into secondary schools. More than 10,000 students were enrolled in the program, which also trained 139 teachers and 70 education officials. The program will expand from 45 to 90 schools in 2014.
Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Venezuela
Discovery Learning Alliance, formerly Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, provides learning centers for underserved primary schools in Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Venezuela. The learning centers advance the quality of education through technology, video programming and innovative teacher training. These tools are making a positive impact on student learning and teacher effectiveness.
In 2012, Chevron developed a four-hour per week course on the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in five Western Australia secondary schools. We collaborated with the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority to ensure the Powering Careers in Energy course met the appropriate standards. In the process, we became the first resources company to help develop a program endorsed by the organization. The innovative program increases participants' understanding of the skills and attributes required for a successful career in the LNG industry. The program has more than doubled in size in its third year and now includes 12 schools accommodating approximately 200 students.
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia
In Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, Chevron has helped 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 polytechnic 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.
At Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California, Chevron supports a summer electronics course for local high school students through Project Lead the Way that connects students to college STEM programs. At California State University Bakersfield, Chevron supports the REVS-UP Program (Research Experience Visualizing Science — University Program) which was established in 2007. REVS-UP offers local high school students summer research opportunities and a greater understanding of STEM careers.