EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chevron completed today a month-long series of “Energy for Learning” grants totaling $1.4 million distributed to twenty-four school districts and other non-profit organizations in the South Bay. The grants represent funding for local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related education programs.
The more than $1.4 million contribution is a reflection of the Chevron El Segundo Refinery’s ongoing support for education programs in the South Bay, and in recognition of the facility’s one hundred and five year history in El Segundo.
“We are extremely proud to support STEM funding and help teachers and schools gain additional resources through these grants,” said El Segundo Refinery General Manager Henry Kusch. “Many generations of Chevron employees and their families in the local community have seen firsthand the quality education programs our schools provide.”
Among the grant recipients is the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) which will direct the grant funds to implement the final component of Project Lead the Way ensuring all 6th grade science courses at the El Segundo Middle School have engineering education for every student in grades K-12 thanks to Chevron’s ongoing generosity and support.”
In Manhattan Beach, the funds will be used to further infuse K-12 classrooms with inquiry based mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards though UCLA Center X Math support, Project Lead the Way and Robotics at Mira Costa High School and elementary schools. “STEM is everywhere you look,” said Dr. Mike Matthews, Superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. “It is critically important for this millennial generation to be both tech savvy and STEM ready and Chevron’s partnership continues to help better prepare our students in this regard.”
The number of STEM jobs is estimated to grow twice the pace of all other jobs through the next several years and currently 20% of all U.S. jobs – 26 million positions – require knowledge in at least one STEM field.
Schools and programs supported by the $1.44 million Chevron grants include:
- California Academy of Math and Science
- California Science Center
- Centinela Valley Union High School District
- Da Vinci Science Academy
- El Segundo Unified School District
- Environmental Charter High School
- Hawthorne School District
- Hermosa Beach City School District
- Lawndale Elementary School District
- Lennox Math & Science Academy
- Manhattan Beach Unified School District
- Montebello School District
- Project Lead the Way
- Redondo Beach Unified School District
- Roundhouse Aquarium Oceanographic Teaching Station
- South Bay Workforce Investment Board
- SoCal Regional Occupation Center
- Wiseburn School District
As well as the Education Foundations of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Wiseburn and Hawthorne School Districts.
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com/ca.