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 2018:
- 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.
- MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Conference: SoCalGas hosted a LEGO-man challenge and showcased a Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan pig demonstration for students during the 2018 conference held in Los Angeles. 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. Additionally, MESA’s programs include the Launchpad summer engineering program held at Cal State Los Angeles – a two-week summer program for high school women designed to interest students in engineering and computer science through hands-on activities.
- Focused N F.I.T.: SoCalGas was the presenting sponsor of the first Focused N F.I.T. conference that brought together underserved students throughout the Los Angeles area to educate them on attending college and pursuing STEM careers. Employee volunteers led four workshops around STEM and participated on panels to encourage students to maximize their college education and entrepreneurial pursuits by helping them utilize technology to access the world market.
- 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.