ExxonMobil is allocating $300,000 in community grant funding to Baton Rouge educational and workforce development programs.
The community grant allocation process is part of more than $4 million donated annually to the area through company donations, employee grants, matching gifts and Volunteer Involvement Program grants.
“Our investment is targeted to create pathways for jobs, spur innovation in the classroom and encourage collaboration to enhance local education,” said Mark Northcutt, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery plant manager. “There is great opportunity for growth in our industry, and we want local students to be our future workforce.”
ExxonMobil is contributing $75,000 to the East Baton Rouge School System’s STEM Learning Network through the Foundation for EBR Schools. The network provides resources and collaboration for teachers, parents and community leaders in STEM education. Teachers can apply for a portion of this funding for innovative classroom grants through the Foundation for EBR Schools.
A grant of $50,000 will go to New Schools for Baton Rouge. New Schools will use the funding for teacher professional development and recruitment.
Other educational funding recipients include City Year and Junior Achievement of Baton Rouge to provide support services to enhance classroom learning. Teach for America will receive funding for its local recruitment and training efforts. LSU will provide educational programming through its student-led Environ-mentors, Math Club and Peer Mentor programs.
ExxonMobil is also contributing to programs like the Baton Rouge Community College for the collaborative North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative. HOPE Ministries will also receive grants to support college and work-readiness programs.
The community is invited to view examples of innovation, collaboration and ExxonMobil’s investment at work on Oct. 12 at the following times and locations.
- 10 a.m. at Brookstown Middle School, where a first-time Aquaponics Learning Lab will be unveiled
- 4 p.m. at the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, where LSU’s Geaux Teach program students will host a STEM scavenger hunt for students and families