PITTSBURGH – Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale Coalition announced a formalized partnership to better educate youth about the energy industry and introduce local students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
According to a news release Tuesday from the two groups, the partnership will concentrate on expanding the JA Careers in Energy program in local schools through the volunteer and financial support of MSC members.
Developed in response to a challenge from MSC leadership and board members in 2009 to prepare students for careers in the industry, JA Careers in Energy has positively affected more than 5,000 students in Pennsylvania and West Virginia since its rollout in 2011.
“We are honored to partner with the MSC and its member companies to help ensure our young people are prepared for careers in the energy industry,” said Dennis Gilfoyle, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Western PA.
“Volunteers from the industry are better suited to deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students a real-world look at the careers in and the impact of the industry.”
“This partnership underscores the important role our next generation will play in the future of this industry here in Pennsylvania, across the country and around the world,” said David Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
Since the inception of the JA Careers in Energy Program, MSC member companies have provided more than $1.1 million in financial support for the development and implementation of the program.
Companies currently working with JA in support of the program include Consol Energy, Energy Corporation of America, EQT Corp., MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Range Resources Corp., Shell, Talisman Energy USA Inc., Williams and XTO Energy.
Member companies are able to get involved with JA in a variety of ways including volunteering in local classrooms, hosting job shadow experiences for students at their company, event sponsorships and financial support.