Chevron Supports Community Efforts for Education and Jobs

Nigel Hearne, Chevron Richmond Refinery General Manager; Sal Vaca, Employment and Training Director; Alex Gomez, BDC, Executive Director; Heather Kulp, Chevron; Melissa Ritchie, Chevron; Jane Fischberg, Rubicon Programs President & Executive Director; Ramona Neveu, MESA Schools Program Director; Arthur Hatchett, GRIP, Executive Director; Philip Gonsalves, WCCUSD Director, Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction; Andrea Bailey, Chevron; Veli Waller, The Gooden College Connection, Project Coordinator; Wendell Greer, WCCUSD Associate Superintendent; Ruth Kleinman, Gooden College Connection; Andrew Gooden, President, The Gooden College Connection; Drew Kravin, WCCUSD, Math Coach Initiative; Bruce Chinn, Chevron Richmond Refinery Operations Manager. Photo by Stephen Brooks, Jr.

By Kia Croom Nonprofit, school and local government leaders came together recently to announce the impact of Chevron Richmond’s social investments at the second annual Grantee Report Out Event at the Eastbay Performing Arts Center in Richmond. Those who attended the April 25 event showed what they accomplished with Chevron’s $1 million investment to support Richmond economic development and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the schools. The money is part of Chevron’s California Partnership, and the theme of the event was “Education & Entrepreneurship: Powering Richmond’s Economy.” “We are proud to work closely with nonprofits that are successfully empowering Richmond residents,” said Chevron Richmond Refinery General Manager Nigel Hearne. “Whether it’s helping adults participate in today’s economy or educating youth to be eligible for the jobs of the future, we believe that everyone in Richmond benefits when we close the skills gap.” Those who attended included RichmondBUILD Green Careers Academy, which helped 60 participants obtain full-time construction jobs averaging $18 per hour; West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Chevron Mathematics Coach Initiative, which supported 38 teachers and improved math instruction of 4,000 students; and Gooden College Connection’s STEM Project, which provided 62 students with more than 4,200 hours of college preparation. MESA Schools Program at California State University East Bay reached more than 1,000 students in 11 West Contra Costa schools. Rubicon Program’s North Richmond Transitional Work Program graduated almost 90 percent of its clients with a certificate in landscape maintenance, resulting in the hiring of 16 participants for transitional jobs. The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program’s Career Pipelines Initiative helped 23 out-of-work Richmond residents obtain full-time employment and nine residents find part-time employment. Local Economic Development Initiative (LEDI), West Contra Costa Business Development Center, helped 200 local small businesses learn new skills to obtain local contracts and secure more than $2 million in new projects. Chevron has been headquartered in California for 130 years and is the state’s largest company. The company is the largest private employer in the Richmond area, with approximately 2,700 employees and 850 contractors. Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.
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