Gift to Benefit Alaska's Workforce
Chevron Donates $1 million to the University of Alaska
Chevron today announced a $1 million donation to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The funds will support UAA’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), as well as the Process Technology, Instrumentation, and Computer Electronics programs located at UAA's Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. This marks the largest single corporate gift that KPC has received in its 44-year history.
Chevron is proud to have maintained oil and gas operations in the state of Alaska for more than 50 years, and has recently increased its activity within the state, both in the Cook Inlet and on the North Slope. With this increase comes the need for a larger workforce, particularly in the fields of engineering, process technology and instrumentation. "Chevron is committed to supporting the communities where we work," said John Zager, general manager for Chevron's Alaskan operations. "We believe in recruiting and training locally, and we want to be an active contributor in helping to grow Alaska's workforce for the future."
Process technology is one of the fastest growing programs at UAA. KPC enrolls about 2,000 students each semester, and as of fall 2007, had more than 300 Process Technology and/or Instrumentation declared majors. "Chevron's generous commitment to our programs will make an incredible impact on our current and future students," said Gary Turner, director of KPC. "We will be good stewards of this gift. We plan to use the funds to upgrade teaching labs, to purchase industry-standard training equipment, and to establish a scholarship program in these areas of study."
ANSEP, another fast-growing program at UAA, increases recruitment and retention rates among Alaska Natives at the university level. ANSEP also introduces high school students to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through hands-on outreach initiatives and summer bridging programs. Chevron's gift will enable expanded program and support opportunities for ANSEP students, most of whom are engineering or biology majors.
Representatives from Chevron, UAA and KPC participated in two public gift announcement events: September 4, on the KPC Soldotna campus, during the school's annual community celebration, and September 5, at the UAA Anchorage campus, during a weekly lunch for ANSEP students. Chevron is looking forward to visiting both campuses next year to meet the students and see the many ways in which the donation has benefitted the university.
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