If people and communities are to thrive, nothing is more important than education and job training. A workforce armed with the critical skills needed to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow is important not only to the success of our business, but also to a country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. That’s why Chevron invests in schools and teachers. We focus on improving instruction in the key subjects of science, technology, engineering and math and on helping provide the career and technical training that can lead directly to well-paying jobs.
Working with our partners, we take a comprehensive approach to investments in education by getting students excited about STEM and encouraging them to pursue STEM courses and, ultimately, STEM careers. We support educational standards and proven curricula that promote project- and problem-based learning. We also support teacher training, provide classroom resources, fund outside-of-school activities, and develop partnerships with universities designed to strengthen faculty, curricula and student development. These investments don’t just help the communities in which we operate – they help us, too. Tomorrow’s Chevron engineers are today’s schoolchildren.
partnering to support education
chevron's support to teacher training programs
Chevron is proud to partner with California State University and provide support to its STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program, a recognized innovation in teacher preparation. The STAR Program engages aspiring and early-career teachers in cutting-edge research projects, primarily at national laboratories, and helps them translate their research experience into classroom practice.
In Angola, Chevron contributed $1 million to a project run by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Angolan Ministry of Education. The program helped introduce entrepreneurship curricula in secondary schools. More than 29,000 students, 275 teachers and 70 administrators from 45 schools received training.
Chevron contributes $200,000 a year in a five-year investment in the Training for Better Integration scholarship program to help disabled young people receive quality professional training and have access to the job market. The program was conceived by Chevron and is implemented by the Lwini Foundation in partnership with the National Institute of Employment and Professional Training. The CINFOTEC training center delivers training to the students. In its first year, Chevron’s sponsorship benefited 60 young people. Eligible students are at least 19 years old, have completed the ninth grade, and do not have the financial means to pay for professional training.
Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Venezuela
Discovery Learning Alliance, formerly Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, provides learning centers for underserved primary schools in 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 having a positive impact on student learning and teacher effectiveness.
Chevron Australia supports programs and initiatives that harness the creativity of children by engaging them in science, technology, art and innovation. Since 2006, Chevron Australia and Scitech have delivered an innovative science education program that inspires students to consider and pursue careers in the oil and gas industry. The partnership provides funding for three programs:
Beyond the Beaker is a program for secondary students that raises awareness of and encourages participation in STEM related careers. It also promotes the positive impact STEM skills can have on any career.
The Aboriginal Education Program aims to create a measurable change in the level of engagement in science education among Aboriginal schoolchildren in remote communities. Scitech overcomes the geographical, cultural and socioeconomic barriers by traveling to remote locations to involve Aboriginal schoolchildren in culturally appropriate STEM education.
The Science Teacher Support and Mentor Program helps primary and secondary school teachers in Pilbara communities enhance their approach to scientific knowledge and increase their confidence when delivering science programs in the classroom.
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, Chevron built and sponsors two polytechnic schools. Riau Caltex Polytechnic was built in 2001, and Politeknik Aceh was built with our partners in the long-term recovery effort following the 2004 tsunami. More than 2,500 students have graduated from these two schools, and both polytechnics have a current enrollment of 1,833.
Also in Indonesia, Chevron works with a number of partners to provide vocational training programs, from welding and automotive repair to sewing and cooking, in order to increase employability for underserved students, women and youth.
In 2004, Chevron, Mississippi State University and other leaders in early childhood development and education founded Excel by 5, an early childhood education initiative that helps children be happy, healthy and ready to learn at age 5. Chevron’s continued participation and financial support, now at $2 million, has aided more than 36 Mississippi communities to become “candidate” or “certified” in Excel By 5. By encouraging best practices in early learning and child development, Excel By 5 benefits the children of Mississippi families today and sets the stage for a bright future tomorrow.