Appalachia Partnership Initiative

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Focus on improving instruction in science, technology, engineering and math and on helping provide the career and technical training that can lead to well paying jobs in the tri-state region of pennsylvania, ohio and west virginia

For the latest figures, view the 2020 Supplement to the Annual Report.

The Appalachia Partnership Initiative (API) invests in programs that engage students in science, technology, engineering and math in preparation for careers in the region's high-demand occupations in the energy and manufacturing growth sectors.

Support for post-secondary programs focuses on workforce development training, apprenticeships, and certifications in energy and advanced manufacturing industries. Invest in training and career pathways to keep pace with skill demand. Engage community colleges and training providers to help shape programs to build core skills required across many occupations.

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addressing challenges

a shortage of STEM-skilled workers to fill open and anticipated jobs

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STEM-related fields have some of the highest demands for new workers and also command the highest pay.
Energy and advanced manufacturing companies must fill 5,000 job openings each year due to an aging workforce.

340,000 workers needed

The tri-state region will need an additional 340,000 workers to fill jobs in the next 10 years. Almost a quarter of these jobs could go unfilled if younger workers are not equipped with skills aligned to available jobs.

create a stronger understanding of the importance of STEM education, especially in rural areas

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40% of parents polled in the tri-state area believe schools need to do more to prepare students for advanced technology and manufacturing careers.
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Engaging students in hands-on activities in K-12 and beyond that empower students to develop knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and tools needed to take advantage of every opportunity STEM offers.


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Since 2014, Chevron in collaboration with the regional partners invested in millions to advance STEM education and workforce development in the tri-state region.

Grabel Foundation
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Catalyst Connection
RAND Corporation


our goal is to engage, mobilize and catalyze a community of leaders across multiple sectors

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API focuses on 27 counties in pennsylvania, ohio and west virginia.

This initiative aims to create multiple pathways for residents to access education, training and career opportunities.

A key strategy is to support innovative teaching and share expertise, curricula and technology across the region, with an emphasis on the inclusion of rural communities.


API funding supports the region with sustainable access to a variety of STEM and workforce training programs

Advancing STEM education

advancing STEM education

Opportunities for real-world learning in manufacturing and energy give learners a unique connection between STEM in the classroom and potential future careers.
API programs like Project Lead the Way ($2.9M invested to-date) provide over 18,000 students with opportunities for STEM learning, often in hands-on environments.
Increasing technical skills

increasing technical skills

Students and adult learners gain quality training to prepare them for careers in energy and manufacturing.
(to-date) supports apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing and supports professional development for educators interested in teaching students about the manufacturing industry.
Engaging communities

engaging communities

API partners go beyond investing money; we also contribute volunteers and expertise to promote education and career awareness, evaluate our programs and performance, and share our learnings with leaders in the community.
Since 2014, Chevron has provided $19 million to API - with millions co-funded by API partners - which has also attracted support from other private companies as well as non-profits and public funding sources.

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Economic development begins with education and training. API’s commitment will continue to support the needs of industries and the future of the region.

Updated: May 2020