If people and communities are to thrive, education and job training are of critical importance. A workforce armed with the 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. 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.
supporting workforce development with STEM education
The Fab Lab Permian Basin and mobile Fab Lab at Odessa College provide workforce development education programs tailored to prepare participants in STEM-related careers.
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. In addition to helping the communities where we operate – these investments help us. Tomorrow’s Chevron engineers are today’s schoolchildren.
partnering to support education
supporting STEM education in the permian basin
The Fab Lab Permian Basin and mobile Fab Lab at Odessa College provide students and aspiring inventors the resources to create, experiment and build their skills in STEM. Students have the opportunity to use a suite of digital fabrication tools and prototyping machines such as laser cutters, 3-D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines, used for making and designing.
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.
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.
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. Its first class of field service professionals graduated 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 3,300 students have graduated from these two schools.
Also in Indonesia, Chevron offers the Darmasiswa Chevron Riau scholarship program, which helps local talented students access higher education. Since 2001, the program has helped nearly 1,100 students.
The Chevron-sponsored Aula 20 program is a teacher training program in Venezuela focused on improving teaching techniques in the areas of math and reading. Since its inception, this program has benefited more than 32,000 students, and it brings competencies to 900 teachers across the country annually.
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, more than $2 million, has aided more than 41 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.