Chevron Corp. today said $20 million will be poured into a new initiative to improve education and technical training for the region’s workforce.
The Appalachia Partnership Initiative will focus on boosting skills in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math to better prepare students for jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors.
Chevron is a founding partner in the initiative along with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Rand Corp. and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
The initiative will include hands-on STEM projects in K-12 schools, teacher training, scholarships for community college students, and a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center.
The initiative will target a 27-county region including southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. California-based Chevron has about 700 employees in that region who work for its North America Exploration and Productions unit and who are engaged in gas drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale.
“Our success is deeply linked to the region’s progress, and we believe the Appalachia Partnership Initiative will act as a catalyst for social investment that addresses workforce development and helps to build a new energy economy that creates jobs and economic development opportunities,” said Nigel Hearne, president of Chevron Appalachia based in Moon.
Partners in the initiative were scheduled to disclose details of the project this morning at a news conference at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.