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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: June 2013

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Research & Education

  • Exxon investing to build up workforce capabilities

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced on Friday, June 7th, that it will invest $500,000 for a specialized workforce training program that would help create curricula and programs for students interested in certification or degrees in petroleum engineering and other related fields. The program is part of an ongoing campaign to enhance science and math education, with the goal of expanding training in trades necessary for petrochemical processing and manufacturing.

Over the next five years, the $500,000 project will target 50,000 students in  local community college systems. The company has already spent millions on manufacturing workforce training in Houston and the wider Gulf of Mexico area, including a $1 million endowment given to the University of Houston to train new science and math teachers. Exxon hopes that the initiative will benefit its long-term investments in expanded petrochemical manufacturing.






Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director, Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate, and Brittany Huhmann, Clinton Koch, and John Kemper 2013 AGI/AIPG Summer Interns.

Sources:  Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, C2ES, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Environment and Energy Daily, Environmental Protection Agency, ExxonMobil,, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Register, Government Accountability Office, Greenwire, The Hill Blog, House of Representatives, Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, National Academies Press, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Hospitality Association, National Science Foundation, Nature Capital Project, Science Magazine, Thomas, United States Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Senate, the White House

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Compiled July 3, 2013