Chevron Makes $2M Investment in South Bay Schools

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Chevron Makes $2M Investment in South Bay Schools


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- This week, Chevron completed distribution of its 2011 "Energy for Learning" grants, delivered on a yellow school bus to South Bay schools, the company announced. The grants total a $2 million investment in funding for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related education programs.

The grants reflect the Chevron El Segundo Refinery's ongoing support for local educational programs and celebrates the facility's 100-year anniversary in El Segundo, the company said. They are also part of Chevron's California Partnership, which targets investments in education and economic development.

"Education is the cornerstone of our state's competitiveness," said Frank Semancik, general manager of the Chevron El Segundo Refinery. "Supporting STEM is a key Chevron value, and these funds are truly an investment in preparing the next generation workforce for increasingly technical careers."

Some of the grant recipients include the Environmental Charter High School (ECHS), which plans to renovate science and math classrooms to meet National Science and Mathematics Education Program Standards; Manhattan Beach Middle School, which will provide support for the Chevron Futures Institute for the Advancement of Young Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology; and Da Vinci Schools, which will provide state-of-the-art lab equipment to the school's campus-based Chevron Energy Center.

"Chevron's investment in education in the South Bay supports our school districts' efforts to increase and broaden their educational offerings," stated Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the County's 4th District. "As an important contributor to the state's economy, their investment in education expands the availability of innovative K-12 education programs and helps prepare young people with the knowledge and skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow."

The grants will support the following schools and programs:

• California Academy of Math and Science
• El Segundo Unified School District
• El Camino College
• Centinela Valley Union High School District
• Da Vinci Science Academy
• Environmental Charter High School
• Hawthorne School District
• Hermosa Beach City School District
• Hawthorne Math & Science Academy
• Lennox Math, Science and Technology Academy
• Manhattan Beach Unified School District
• Roundhouse Aquarium Oceanographic Teaching Station
• Project Lead the Way
• Wiseburn School District
• Redondo Beach Unified School District