Promoting STEM and Energy Education

Learn about our efforts to improve and support educational opportunities and workforce development in our communities.

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.

Some of the organizations/projects we supported in 2017:

  • Cal State University Northridge – CSUN’s Feria de Educación and Matador Day of Service: Feria de Educación is a free daylong celebration focused on proving educational resources and information on building blocks for achieving academic and professional success in partnership with Univision and the California State University Chancellor’s Office. 
This one-day education fair is filled with Spanish- and English-language workshops and other activities designed to give parents the tools to help their children achieve their educational and career goals, providing resources and valuable information on the full spectrum of education.  The Feria de Educación will include a reading garden and a variety of age-appropriate books and learning materials will be distributed to encourage children and their parents to read together.  There will be exhibits explaining the pathway to higher education with additional resources and information, beginning with pre-K and continuing through post-graduate services.  There also will be opportunities for participants to learn about health and wellness.
CSUN’s volunteer program, Unified We Serve, third annual Matador Day of Service.  CSUN partners with the community in various beautification activities on and off campus with focusing on the neighborhoods surrounding the University.  Students will sweep streets, clean up litter, and remove weeds within a two-block radius around the campus.  Volunteers also will participate in gardening projects, such as gathering oranges in the Orange Grove and planting in CSUNs wellness garden.  All oranges gathered will be donated to local food pantries.
  • Cal State Los Angeles – College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology: SoCalGas is a long-time supporter of Cal State Los Angeles, providing annual funding to the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology.   Funding is used for several programs designed to increase the number of underrepresented students in STEM Fields.  These programs include the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) programs and the Launchpad summer engineering program.  The MESA program works to increase diversity within STEM fields with a variety of programs that increase both the interest and achievement of historically underrepresented groups in math and science.  The Launchpad is a two week summer program for high school women designed to interest students in engineering and computer science through hands-on activities. 
In addition, in 2017 SoCalGas gave an additional $100K to Cal State LA to support the enhancement of the combustion curriculum within the Mechanical Engineering department. The dollars ($30K for Community Relations and $70K from RD&D) will be used to purchase equipment needed for the combustion lab and to assist with the development of a combustion senior design course.  
  • Cal Poly Pomona – School of Engineering:
    • Funding to support the following diversity and student programs:
      • Women in Engineering: A comprehensive program to attract and retain female students.
      • Project Lead the Way:  A Stem curriculum and professional development program for middle and high school educators
      • MEP - Center for Gender, Diversity & Student Excellence: A program supporting student success for women and traditionally underrepresented students.
      • Materials Lab Revitalization: For students to study and research materials related to engineering.
  • Team Science: 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. 
  • TELACU Education Foundation: Funds from SoCalGas will be utilized to ensure that students’ progress on the Foundation's Continuum of Education, attain at minimum a Bachelor's degree and become our nation's next generation of leaders. The Continuum of Education--a dynamic model created by the Foundation and comprised primarily of the College Readiness (CRP) and College Success Programs (CSP)--propels students from high school through graduate studies. Each year the CRP serves 1600 high school students and veterans, and the CSP serves nearly 500 college students.
Through its STEM and Business Initiative, the Continuum promotes pursuit of these careers and provides the support and preparation needed to pursue and attain degrees in these rigorous disciplines. Beginning in high school, the Initiative unveils dynamic opportunities in STEM and creates a pipeline of students prepared to help meet our nation's demand for technical professionals.
Recognizing the obstacles to attainment of higher education faced by our students, the CSP integrates four inseparable components: Financial Resources; Academic, Leadership, Personal, and Professional Development Seminars; Academic Advisement and Career Guidance with an Emphasis in Workforce Preparation; and Giving Back. As a result, historically 99% of our Scholars earn at least a Bachelor's and are prepared to pursue advanced degrees or to successfully transition into the workforce.
TELACU Scholars have built a stellar legacy of excellence: historically an 99% of our high school students graduate, and almost without exception pursue post-secondary education; and 99% of our college students attain at minimum a Bachelor's degree, with a number pursuing graduate degree