mgrc, chevron team up to support early childhood education

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To raise awareness of early childhood education and the importance of reading, Chevron and the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (MGRC) organized a “Read to Me” event at Kreole Elementary in Moss Point.

PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Jay Don Blake read to the pre-K children as part of the “Read to Me” program that is associated with Excel By 5.

Also, as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to early childhood education, Chevron, in partnership with the MGRC, made a $25,000 contribution to Excel By 5 to support local community literacy programs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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school district unveils plans for $1.2 million fab lab in vancleave

FabLab school district unveils plans for $1.2 million fab lab in vancleave

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Representatives from Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, the Fab Foundation and Jackson County School District unveiled plans for a $1.2 million Fab Lab in Vancleave, Miss.

A Fab Lab is a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor and to invent. Fab Labs include a laser cutter that makes 2D and 3D structures, a sign cutter that plots in copper to make antennas and flex circuits, a high-resolution NC milling machine that makes circuit boards and precision parts, a large wood router for building furniture and housing, and a suite of electronic components and programming tools for low-cost, high-speed microcontrollers for on-site rapid circuit prototyping.

“Education and economic development are linked,” explained Refinery General Manager Bruce Chinn, “and it is essential that our future workforce be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities they’ll have before them. For our industry, emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math is critical.

“Our partnership with The Fab Foundation to create Fab Labs is one of many ways Chevron can help support the education of our future workforce and the quality of life in our community,” Chinn said.

The stationary Fab Lab and mobile unit will be available to students throughout Jackson County, and to the community. Learn more at www.fablabjacksoncounty.org

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partnering for progress: refinery awards MGCCC scholarships

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Each year, the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery awards scholarships to students enrolled in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) process technology or maintenance programs.

This year, the refinery also awarded $2,000 in scholarships to four graduating high school seniors who will pursue studies in these programs.

“Our workforce development program and partnership with MGCCC has been very successful through the years,” explained Amy Brandenstein (PGPA). “By expanding the scholarships to high school students, we hope to encourage even more young people to consider a career in manufacturing.”

The scholarship will be offered again to seniors graduating in 2018. It is open to Jackson County residents, and is based on scholastic performance, class participation and attendance, leadership and teamwork skills, and communication.

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refinery employees donate hundreds of books for local children

Somos-books-35 refinery employees donate hundreds of books for local children

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The Somos Network collected 788 children’s books from refinery employees for Children’s Literacy Week. The books were delivered to the United Way for Jackson and George Counties for distribution.

A 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy study found that 44% of Hispanic adults had a “below basic” literacy level, which was the highest percent of any other race/ethnicity and a 9 percent decrease from 1992. The Somos Network is committed to changing this statistic by promoting literacy in future generations.

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Chevron Launches ‘Fuel Your School’ Campaign at Pecan Park Elementary


Chevron kicked-off its annual Fuel Your School campaign today with a delivery of school supplies worth approximately $10,000 to students at Pecan Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs.

Public schools in Jackson County face funding challenges similar to those nationwide, resulting in many teachers spending their own money to purchase materials for their students and classrooms. To help alleviate some of this need, Chevron has again launched the Fuel Your School campaign – a fund raising effort to help provide critical education resources to Jackson County schools. 

Beginning October 1st through 31st, Chevron will donate $1 dollar (up to $50,000) every time motorists purchase 8 gallons of fuel or more at participating Chevron or Texaco stations in Jackson County. Community members can track how much money is being raised in their city, as well as see funded projects and feedback from educators who have been helped by visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com.

Through the Fuel Your School campaign, educators at public schools in Jackson County, Miss., will have the opportunity to apply for new materials to enhance learning in their classrooms.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related classroom projects will be considered for funding.


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Cascio Named Chair of Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project

Tammra.Cascio2-240x300 Cascio Named Chair of Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers ProjectCASCIO NAMED CHAIR OF MISSISSIPPI VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT

Tammra Cascio, an attorney with the firm of Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A., has been named as Chair of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.

MVLP helps families with civil legal matters, such as guardianships, conservatorships, adoptions, name changes and other legal services. The organization also hosts legal clinics throughout the state connecting attorneys with those who need their services. Casio has been involved with MVLP since 2014, previously serving as co-chair of fundraising and also serving as a board member.

“I feel strongly that MVLP fills a critical and essential gap between those who qualify for legal services and those who actually can afford legal representation,” said Cascio. “MVLP is one of the flagship programs in the country that connects volunteer attorneys with those who have nowhere else to turn.”

Cascio is involved in other aspects of the legal community. She currently serves as Chair of the Business Law Section of the Mississippi Bar Association and on the Advisory Board of the Ole Miss School of Risk Management and Insurance. The Mississippi Bar Association also has honored her with the Distinguished Service Award and the Woman Lawyer Trailblazer Award.

Through her work with MVLP, Casio believes she and other volunteer attorneys are helping MVLP strengthen communities and allowing families and individuals to move forward.

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Chris Cavote Named Refinery Manager at Pascagoula Refinery

Chris-Cavote-225x300 Chris Cavote Named Refinery Manager at Pascagoula RefineryPASCAGOULA, Miss.-Chris Cavote has been named Refinery General Manager of the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, according to officials at Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

Cavote presently holds the same position at Chevron’s refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and is chairman of Chevron Canada Limited (CCL). He will succeed current manager Bruce Chinn, who will be leading Chevron Oronite Co., LLC, as president beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

“It has been a privilege to lead Pascagoula,” Chinn said, “particularly the dedicated men and women who come to work here every day to make this refinery an essential element in the fuels and base oil business. I am confident in Pascagoula’s continuing success.”

Cavote earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Sacramento, in mechanical engineering, and joined Chevron in 1989. Throughout his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, business analysis and planning. Prior to his current assignment in Canada, Cavote held management roles at Chevron’s El Segundo, Richmond and Hawaii refineries, and was a general manager for Chevron’s large-scale Escravos Gas to Liquids (EGTL) facility in Nigeria. 

“I’m excited to be joining the Pascagoula Refinery,” Cavote said. “The Pascagoula site not only is Chevron’s largest and most complex refinery, but also has a well-established culture of operational excellence and teamwork. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues there to continue to build on that foundation to achieve even greater success.”

The Pascagoula Refinery is Chevron’s largest wholly-owned refinery, processing 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The refinery’s primary products are motor gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel and premium base oil. The refinery’s success is built upon the business and community partnerships with the people of Jackson County, as well as the production of quality products in ways that are compatible with the community and the environment.  To learn more, go to www.ChevronPascagoula.com.

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CBRES Hosts Summer Interns

CBRES-interns CBRES Hosts Summer Interns

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For the seventh year in a row, Chevron Business & Real Estate Services (CBRES) has welcomed summer interns to the Pascagoula Refinery.

Open to dependents of current Refinery employees, the program employs 15 interns through TMG Industrial. The group reports to Kathy Council under the direction of David Trott (CBRES). The team is performing various jobs to spruce up the refinery, such as painting the Shipping building and parking bumpers for upcoming turnarounds as well as general clean up at Procurement warehouses during inclement weather. They have also assisted with less routine projects, like pretending to be accident victims during an emergency services training exercise in June.

This year’s interns and mentors are (from left) Wesley Drivers (GCA), Jon Tibbs (Gulf Breeze Landscape), Avie Porser (GCA), Keaton Walley, Clarence Kelly (GCA), Tristen Eubanks, Jerry Williams (GCA), Patrick Taylor, Joshua Robinson, Lashaun Love, Whitney Owens (GCA), John Tyler Howell, Christopher Graham, Chandler Fox, Cassie Crocker, Dylan Cagle, Hailey Boney, David Trott (CBRES), Montie Smith, Laken Lambert, Jon Hansen (GSI), Aaron McDaniel, Kathy Council (TMG) and (not pictured) Alora Houston.

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Refinery Reps Help With B&GC Gala

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Volunteers with the Pascagoula Refinery’s Black Employee Network (BEN) lent a helping hand during the 20th annual Boys & Girls Club “Steak and Steak” fundraiser.

The event brings together children who participate in local Boys & Girls Clubs and community members to enjoy a steak dinner and guest speaker. Former NFL great Andre Reed provided this year’s keynote address.

Attendees also have an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction. Chevron volunteers helped staff this portion of the event, including (from left) DaJohn Murray, Sarah Denney, Brandon Gray, Nicole McBeath, Alecia Asiamigbe, Kentrell Owens, Penny Barbour, Valerie Brune, Austin McSpadden, Carlos Moore, Tiahirih Moore, Mike Seales, Rayford Harris, Makamba Sackey, Cheryl McLeod, Jamie Smith and Catherine Glaude (Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County).

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