Chevron Donates $500,000 to Alaska College

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Chevron Donates $500,000 to Alaska College

SAN RAMON, Calif. -- In an effort to support technological research and development efforts, Chevron donated $500,000 to Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenia River Campus, one of the three institutes in Alaska where a student can get a degree in process technology.

"Chevron said 'this is what we want to see,'" Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) director Gary Turner told the Peninsula Clarion. "I guarantee every dollar we receive from them will benefit our students."

In total, Chevron donated $1 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage. Half that sum went toward the university’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, and the other half will help KPC purchase industry-quality equipment for its process technology, instrumentation and computer electronics program. The pledge marks the largest corporate donation KPC has received in its 44 years of operation.

Chevron presented its gift at the Kenai River Campus' fall barbecue Friday. The event was attended by University of Alaska Chancellor Fran Ulmer and John Zager, Chevron Alaska manager.

"It’s wonderful to get $500,000," Turner told the paper. "That makes it a huge milestone."