Chevron awards $62k in STEM grants to local schools

To continue investing in students interested in STEM, Chevron awarded $62,000 in grants to Jackson County schools.

‘Project Lead the Way’ is a nonprofit organization that provides interactive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning experiences for students and teachers.

The grants will support the expansion and sustainability of ‘Project Lead the Way’ in elementary, middle, and high schools.

These funds will also help with professional development, project resources, and supplies. PLTW Senior Director of Advancement Carol Killworth said, “One of the reasons that Chevron likes to support Project Lead the Way is we are helping to provide the workforce of the future. Those engineers, they need whether they be chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, just the students they need to make the workforce successful moving forward.”

East Central High School PLTW Teacher Tammy Sampson said, “It gives them a chance to actually experience being an engineer, seeing if it is something they would like to go into, and it also sparks interest in people that normally wouldn’t even consider going into engineering.”

Chevron has invested more than $1.1 million to support ‘Project Lead the Way’ in Mississippi. To date, more than 35,000 local students have engaged in the course.

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