- Chevron is banking on STEM education, spending $30 million on programming this year, in addition to the $100 million they've already committed over the last three years.
- The gas conglomerate is committing itself to the subject because, according to Chevron Manager of Education and Corporate Programs Blair Blackwell, it's an engineering company at its core and needs to think about its future employees.
- Chevron is not alone, as Time points out that other STEM-connected companies, from Intel to Boeing, have also committed themselves to educational endeavors.
Adding to the list of big for-profit companies supporting science and math education? How about AT&T. In January, the telecommunications company announced a partnership with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF), promising to give the Sunshine State's students real-world, interactive STEM learning opportunities.
CNN Wire has reported that a mere 2.4% of college graduates are earning degrees in computer science-related fields. That is a paltry number compared to the burgeoning career openings available in said fields. Making sure students are being introduced to STEM skills at young ages is key to closing that disconnect.