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 in 2016:
- SoCalGas awarded 112 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and community college graduates, totaling $154,000. Ethnicity breakdown: 20% African American; 10% Asian; 59% Latino/Hispanic; 12% other. Through our scholarship program for SoCalGas interns, we awarded eight scholarships. The interns received $2,000 scholarship awards and high school seniors and others going to a 4-year school received $1,500; those going to two-year schools received $1,000 awards.
- Every year, employees from the SoCalGas EAC partners with Team Science and other Southern California engineers, scientist and educators to bring a unique summer camp to area children. Team Science’s Summer Science Camp is a six-day learning experience, where students learn to apply scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical principals to real world situations. SoCalGas employees help design and teach several workshops. Having high hands-on content allows students to learn these important principles in engaging and interesting ways.
- We partnered with several organizations to support STEM learning and activities, including Los Angeles Education Partnership, MIND Research Institute, LA’s Best and Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers. Through a variety of afterschool, enrichment and scholarship programs, we are improving STEM learning for area children.
- Our employees volunteer 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.