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Updated: October 30, 2017
Penn State MCOR
In 2014, the Appalachia Partnership Initiative (API) was established by Chevron North America Exploration and Production Appalachian Mountain Business Unit’s Social Investment Team to open the doors to interest in oil and gas industries and in advanced manufacturing in the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia region. The partnership with businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions seeks to strengthen STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in primary and secondary schools in a 27-county region, and has committed $20 million to the effort. API’s goal is to provide a pool of local employees for jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.
Rand Corp, API’s independent evaluation and monitoring lead, issued its second report on wages, employment and STEM education in the region. The report looks at the traits of the region’s STEM labor market, if the graduating talent pool in the region is equipped with skills to be used in the oil and gas and advanced manufacturing labor markets, and who are possible new hires in the extraction industry. Through a series of reports, the trends of what localities may need for educating and/or employing local talents in these types of careers and to identify needs for future investments and/or collaborative work.
The full report can be found on the RAND Corporation website.