Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has a strong commitment to the communities in which it operates and an even stronger commitment to doing what it can to improve the quality of life in those areas. To that extent, I wanted to recap the comprehensive educational outreach undertaken by Cabot and its partners through the first half of 2015.
Career and Technical Education grants
For multiple years Cabot has sponsored the extraordinary work of the Susquehanna County Career & Technology center through equipment donations, in-classroom guidance, and scholarships. This relationship is working well; Cabot decided to increase its reach to other CTC programs in northeast Pennsylvania using SCCTC as a model.
In 2015 Cabot is awarding $10,000 educational assistance grants to six career and technical programs in addition to its continued support of SCCTC. Each grant is made possible through Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Cabot applauds the work of each institution and is committed to assisting both students and educators pursue careers in all technical fields, especially those pertaining to the energy industry. Through this funding Cabot wants to make sure as communities grow and jobs expand, it has helped train the workforce of the future.
The recipient CTCs are:
West Side Career & Technical Center
The mission of the West Side Career and Technology Center is to provide a quality educational community in which all students will learn academic, career, technical, and soft skills necessary to prepare them to be contributing members of our society, skilled members of the workforce, and responsible life-long learners prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School
Provides students with a choice of 17 training areas to choose from. Ninth grade students are put through an “exploratory program,” where they rotate through four different training areas throughout the year. Then in tenth grade, they select a “major.” The school is an extension of the educational programs of the seven participating school districts. The option of vocational education at the Columbia-Montour AVTS gives students a full range of educational choices.
Schuylkill Technology Center
STC is an accredited career and technical school comprised of 12 public school districts in Schuylkill County: Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Pine Grove, Pottsville, Saint Clair, Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley, Tamaqua, Tri-Valley, and Williams Valley. We serve students in grades 10-12, operate two cycles (August – January & January – June), and have two campuses STC – South located in MarLin and STC – North located in Frackville.
STC offers 19 programs of study that combine classroom theory, hands-on application, and access to state of the art equipment. The programs are designed to promote lifelong learning that prepares students for successful entry into the workforce or to continue their education at the postsecondary level.
Northumberland County Career and Technology Center
Northumberland County Career and Technology Center offers technical programs in health, trade and industrial occupations.
Hazelton Area Career Center
Through a dynamic partnership of educators, learners, and community members, Hazleton Area High School and Career and Technical students will develop the skills necessary to become life-long learners in a culturally diverse community. Individuals will be challenged to develop self-responsibility and to reach their highest potential in a safe and supportive environment using technology in a comprehensive curriculum.
Wallenpaupack Area High School
Offering career and technical education to students in a varierty of fields including a pre-engineering program to ready students for the skilled workforce needed by modern industry.
Scranton Preparatory School
Cabot created a $50,000 educational scholarship to assist interested students, who may be financially challenged, to attend one of the finest academic institutions in the state.
“Cabot is gratified to be investing in the finest educational institutions in Pennsylvania. Scranton Preparatory School is an example of academic excellence in our region. The purpose of this investment is to help insure that our next generations of business and community leaders have every opportunity to excel.”
– George Stark, Director of External Affairs at Cabot Gas & Oil Corporation
“We are very grateful to Cabot for this extraordinary level of support. This scholarship program will go a long way in assisting our students to attain a level of achievement necessary in an ever more challenging workforce. This will directly benefit those students whose financial needs are the greatest and it will make a measurable difference in their success here at Prep.”
– Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., President of Scranton Prep
Scranton Prep is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It is a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and the National Catholic Educational Association. The mission of Scranton Prep is to form a learning community of men and women distinguished by its commitment to competence, to conscience and to compassion. For more information, please visit www.scrantonprep.com
The Challenge Program, Inc.
The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to partner with businesses to motivate high school students both in and out of the classroom. This partnership creates good habits in students and provides businesses with tangible results for their investments. Cabot currently underwrites two Challenge Programs in the region: Susquehanna County CTC and West Side CTC.
The Challenge Program has received great recognition for its positive impact with students. Below is a breakdown of the success of the program in each category.
Opportunities in Energy - Junior Achievement of Northeast Pa
Cabot is partnering with Junior Achievement to offer a program called Opportunities in Energy to regional high schools. This program explores energy sources, the development, transportation, and usage of each as well as the plethora of careers associated with each. The class also explores how every career, from nursing to consumer sales, benefits from affordable, abundant, reliable energy.
Cabot also supports some of Junior Achievement’s other programs designed to teach finicial literacy and career readiness. Cabot also volunteers with JA regularly.
Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas - Building a Bridge Program
While the purpose of the $2.5 million endowment is to strengthen the next generation of technologists, measurement specialists, and compression technicians currently enrolled in the program, one of the underlying goals of the endowment is to create bridges between career and technical education centers and the school of PNG. Many CTC programs offer core education tracts (welding, engine repair, electronics, machining) that mesh well with the curriculum offered by the school of PNG. Through dual enrollment bridge programs students can simultaneous earn college credit while working towards completing high school requirements.
Keystone College Trout Unlimited Environmental Education & Fly Fishing Camp
The one-week camp, from Sunday, June 14 to Saturday, June 20, will be open to teenagers ages 14 to 17, who can demonstrate a desire to promote a healthy environment while developing the skills needed to become an accomplished fly fisherman or woman. Some courses will cover college level materials involving the sciences of watershed biology, conservation, aquatic-life sciences, water resources and how they are affected by natural occurrences like hydro-geology and storm water run-off.
“They will also cover the fundamentals of fly fishing, such as casting, fly tying, fish habitat, hatches and styles and approaches to surface and subsurface fishing techniques.”
Charlie Charlesworth, founder and co-director of the camp & local Trout Unlimited Chapter President
Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. This year, Cabot will help underwrite the cost of 62 students (over $10,000) to attend Camp innovation in Tunkhannock, pa.
Valley View STEM Grant
Cabot joined Southwestern Energy, Williams, and the Marcellus Shale Coalition in sponsoring a Junior Achievement Opportunities in Energy program at Valley View High School earlier this year. Out of the program came a desire by the school to offer a semester long program exploring the energy industry, digging deeper into the career opportunists. To support this effort and STEM in general at the school, Cabot is making available a $5000 STEM grant for this coming academic year.
Cabot has even more educational outreach planned for the second half of 2015 in Northeast PA.