The company announced Monday that it would provide $275,000 for 350 teachers to attend summer training in 2015. The contribution is geared toward encouraging more students to pursue higher education and ultimately careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The teachers will be participating in the Laying the Foundation program, which is organized by the National Math and Science Initiative. The program is set to offer four-day training sessions each summer through 2017.
The $275,000 donation is only enough to cover the teachers’ first summer of training. After that, ExxonMobil hopes that the school districts will budget for the program themselves once they see the impact it will have on the quality of education.
Teachers who participate in the program will be better equipped to help students earn high Advanced Placement test scores, which will earn them college credit.