ChevronTexaco Donates $500,000 to Contra Costa County Regional Occupational Program
Career Development Classes in Bay Area's Fastest-Growing Fields Made Available to 4,000 High School Students
SAN RAMON, Calif., April 22, 2005 -- ChevronTexaco Corp. today announced it is contributing $500,000 to the Contra Costa County Office of Education's Regional Occupational Program (CCCOE ROP) to increase career opportunities for high school students in emergency medical technology, forensic science, environmental science, biotechnology, robotics, teaching careers and veterinary science.
"By offering training in the Bay Area's fastest growing job sectors, ChevronTexaco and CCCOE ROP foster economic growth and improve the quality of life for Contra Costa and Alameda residents," said Christina Jones Janssen, general manager of Corporate Public Policy at ChevronTexaco.
Existing high school curricula do not provide enough opportunities for in-depth career exploration, internships or hands-on training in health and science disciplines, according to CCCOE ROP. The grant allows CCCOE ROP to expand its curricula and provide career development opportunities for 4,000 participants. CCCOE ROP currently offers more than 450 state-of-the-art career-development classes to nearly 12,000 participants at Contra Costa County and Alameda County high schools and adult centers. Over the past five years, 99 percent of seniors who completed an ROP program also graduated from high school. Additionally, 97 percent reported that they had continued their education or had become employed.
"Career technical education builds interest in learning because it integrates classroom academics and career skills. This partnership links the classroom to the world of work, creating a gateway to future careers," said Dr. Joseph Ovick, Superintendent of Schools for Contra Costa County.
CCCOE ROP curricula focus on developing strong communication skills, strengthening analytical skills, and teaching how to work productively both independently and as part of a team. Its internship program provides participants with first-hand experience in a variety of fields and with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and make connections with local employers.
"In a globalized, 21st-century economy, our nation must promote the scientific and technical skills that students need to compete," said Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. "ChevronTexaco's generous grant will enhance the skills and education local high school students need for careers as scientists, engineers, healthcare workers and teachers so that they can one day provide vital services for our country and our economy."
ChevronTexaco Corporation is one of the world's leading energy companies. With more than 47,000 employees, ChevronTexaco subsidiaries conduct business in approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas, and refining, marketing and distributing fuels and other energy products. ChevronTexaco is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on ChevronTexaco is available at www.chevrontexaco.com.
Updated: April 2005