Promoting Education & Workforce Development
A promising future for our communities is directly tied to a highly skilled and educated workforce. It is imperative that we give students a strong foundation to be equipped for the jobs of tomorrow.
We focus our efforts on motivating students to be prepared for higher education, promoting technology-based learning and encouraging success in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our global economy requires students to not only have a quality education, but also a strong understanding in STEM.
Among our activities:
- We awarded 115 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and community college graduates, totaling $159,500. We also gave eight $2,000 scholarship awards to SoCalGas interns.
- SoCalGas gave $50,000 in grants to The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) to support its Continuum of Education program, which prepares 1,600 middle and high school and 500 college students for success, particularly in STEM and business careers.
- Fifteen female engineering students spent the day with SoCalGas employees through the Society of Women Engineers’ Shadow-an-Engineer Day held at our headquarters in Los Angeles. The day also featured a panel with employees offering career advice and a tour of our Emergency Operations Center.
- We partnered with several organizations on STEM activities, including Los Angeles Education Partnership, MIND Research Institute, Team Science, National College Resource Foundation and Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers. We also supported several after-school and summer STEM programs.
- We collaborated with the TELACU Education Foundation, which helps first-generation students from under-resourced communities overcome education and workforce barriers, and hosted 11 college students for mock job interviews with SoCalGas employees.
- We provided a $10,000 grant to Orangewood Foundation’s Samueli Academy, a charter high school that provides a transformational learning environment with an emphasis on STEM education for underserved and foster teens.
- SoCalGas Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Arriola was the chairperson for the Linked Learning Executive Champions Group, which encourages businesses to get involved, help cultivate industry relationships and secure work-based learning opportunities. Linked Learning helps students apply classroom knowledge in real-world situations.
- Our employees volunteered at real-life simulations covering financial literacy through our partnership with Junior Achievement. We also hosted career fairs where high school students could talk to employees and learn about careers at SoCalGas.
- We hosted the Workforce Development Summit at Cal Poly Pomona, which attracted college presidents, K-12 superintendents, chamber of commerce executives and others interested in workforce issues.
- SoCalGas awarded a $62,500 grant to the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce and Community Studies. The organization serves as a resource to students and the community, particularly those interested in studying community and workforce issues.