Chevron Corp. is planning to invest $20 million in the tri-state region for workforce development and science, technology and math education, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times.
The project, named the Appalachia Partnership Institute, is a collaboration between Chevron, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Rand Corp. The project will involve 27 counties across Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The funding commitment includes providing ShaleNet scholarships to four community colleges and developing energy labs at Bethlehem Center and Elizabeth Forward school districts in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. The funding will also be used to expand on Chevron’s current cooperation with K-12 science, technology and math (STEM) programs in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and most recently, Ohio.
President of Chevron Appalachia, Nigel Hearne, said in a statement that the success of the program is tied to the region’s prospering energy development sector. Hearne stated that the Appalachia Partnership Initiative will act as an impetus for “social investment that addresses workforce development” and will help build “a new energy economy that creates jobs and economic development opportunities across the region.”
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