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Chevron, C Spire Partner for Excel by 5

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As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to early childhood education, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Presented by C Spire (MGRC), made a $25,000 contribution to Excel By 5 to support local community programs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Chevron committed the funds during the MGRC tournament in March, and participated in the formal check presentation in June. The community programs can use the funds for a variety of purposes such as purchasing materials for their resource centers or providing early childhood parent training.
To support early reading, C Spire also collected children’s books at their retail locations prior to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, as well as during the tournament.

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Mad Scientists Take Over TLA

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Approximately 300 fifth-graders at Trent Lott Academy in Pascagoula saw science in action during Mad Scientist Day at the school this spring.
The students studied scientific principles through hands-on experiments. For example, a putting green, golf club and golf ball helped the students learn about kinematics, slope and acceleration.
Thanks to all of the Technical volunteers who made this learning event a success: Daniel Kennedy (UES), Alyssa Brannan, Barbara Fountain, Kristin Sandberg, Steven Brown, Eric Gunderson, Ashton Needham, Makamba Sackey, Ben Stokes, Santiago Hernandez, Jerry Jackson and Kayleigh O’Brien (PGPA).

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Refinery Hosts STEM Zone at Golf Tourney

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School-age attendees of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic golf tournament had a chance to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math with interactive exhibits at the STEM Zone in March.

Each hands-on learning area demonstrated the science behind various elements of golf. For example, students at one station learned about Archimedes Principle by measuring the volume of water displaced by a golf club in a fluid-filled beaker.  

This was Chevron’s fourth year to host the STEM Zone at the MGRC. During the tournament, more than 150 students from schools across South Mississippi took field trips to the STEM Zone.

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Chevron, MGRC Partner for Storytime

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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 Lil’ Inspirations child care center in Ocean Springs.

PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Rod Spittle joined the pre-schoolers for storytime on March 29, patiently turning the pages of “P is for  Putt: a Golf Alphabet” as the children squirmed and asked questions.

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Partnering for Progress: Refinery Awards MGCCC Scholarships

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In February, the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery hosted its annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) scholarship breakfast, presenting $30,000 in scholarships to eight students  in the Process Technology  and Maintenance Process Technologies Programs. 
Led by Chevron retiree Tommie Ann Broome, the courses train students to work at the Refinery and other plants across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Graduates of the two-year program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and are prepared for entry-level positions at processing facilities.
During the 11 years since the Process Technology Program began, Chevron has hired 86 Process Technology intern graduates, hosted 154 interns and co-ops, and provided course scholarships to more than thirty students.
In addition, since the Maintenance Process Technologies Program began in 2011, Chevron has hired three Instrument & Controls graduates, one machinist, and hosted 42 interns and co-ops from the maintenance program.

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Teaching Garden Sprouts Veggies, Science Lessons

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Third-graders at Eastlawn Elementary in Pascagoula are able to see plant science in action thanks to the new Teaching Garden they planted at their school in March.
During the “build day,” the students carefully planted vegetable and herb seeds and seedlings, then gave each a healthy watering. As they watch their crops grow in this outdoor classroom, they’ll learn about the parts of the plant, the impact of weather, and other scientific concepts that tie to their indoor classroom curriculum.
The garden is sponsored by Chevron and funded by an American Heart Association grant. Jason Colletti, Cracking I Refinery Business Manager, championed the project.
Special thanks to volunteers Beth Chapuis (Planning), Morris Bryant (B&S), Marissa Badenhorst (M&R), Anne Marie Hensley (CIS), Kayleigh O’Brien (PGPA), Wilson Gutierrez (HES), Tammy Richards (Admin.), Sena Jones (Admin.) and Nicholas Colletti (Technical) and Amy Brandenstein (PGPA).

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Black Employee Network Presents Scholarships

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This year the Black Employee Network developed a 2016 Black History Awareness Celebration (BHAC) Scholarship, and presented the financial awards to three high school seniors from Moss Point High School during the annual BHAC.
The students were chosen through an application process and were required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, extracurricular activities, leadership and community involvement. The program also required a written essay discussing the impact their leadership has had on their community.
The three recipients are Shekinah Collier, Jalicia Hughes, and Tristan Bouler. The scholarships were presented by Paul Jones, who is a Chevron annuitant recognized refinery wide as an outstanding mentor, leader, and trailblazer during his years of service. First place winner Jalicia Hughes received a $2,000 award. The second and third place recipients, Tristan Bouler and Shekinah Collier, received $500 each.

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