Why is your company signing the Commitment to Excellence?

Investing in STEM education is a national imperative.   Improving STEM education in the U.S. will help the country build a highly skilled and technically proficient workforce that can compete for - and excel in - the careers that fuel innovation and help solve some of our biggest challenges.  At Chevron, we see this need firsthand where much of the work supporting the success of the company involves research and projects of great scale and technical complexity.

What are your company’s specific PreK-12 STEM interests (e.g. computer programming, robotics, engineering, etc.)?

We support STEM initiatives where students can put the engineering design process into practice and teach students real-world expertise such as how to identify problems, build prototypes, and test solutions to develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and leadership skills.

The ability to identify a problem and then research and test a variety of solutions is a skill that all students need to succeed in a world full of technology. Whether or not a student is a future engineer, understanding and being able to apply the engineering design process is important.  At Chevron, engineering design is the process used by our engineers in the field to analyze problems and build solutions. It is core to almost every part of our business. 

What PreK-12 STEM programs, particularly those contained in STEMworks, does your company support?

  • Project Lead the Way
  • MIND Research Institute – ST Math
  • Girl’s Inc. – Build IT
  • Techbridge

Please share ways in which your company collaborates with state/local organizations or other companies around STEM learning.

We partner with education organizations, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders to increase access to, and the quality of, education and career and technical training. To that end, we work with our partners to take a holistic approach to supporting education by:

  • getting students excited about education and encouraging them to pursue courses and STEM careers;
  • supporting educational standards and proven curriculum that promote activity-, project- and problem-based learning;
  • supporting teacher training;
  • providing classroom resources;
  • funding out-of-school activities; and
  • developing partnerships with universities designed to strengthen faculty, curricula, and student development.