The Partners in Education Program began in St. Charles Parish in 1987. The program’s objectives are to:
- Increase self-esteem among students and teachers
- Improve the understanding of the education system
- Assist the school system in preparing students for the workplace
- Enhance the understanding of the needs of business and industry
- Provide enrichment for students and improve student understanding of the value of education as it relates to becoming productive citizens.
The Norco Manufacturing Complex is in partnership with three St. Charles Parish Public Schools – Norco Elementary School, Harry M. Hurst Middle School and Destrehan High School. The Norco Manufacturing Complex is also in partnership with the Louisiana Technical College-Reserve Campus providient PTEC scholarships and volunteers to serve on the various LTC committees.
River Parishes Education Foundation (formerly R.P. Education Initiatives)
Established by Shell Norco in 1990, RPEI is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 coalition made up educators, government, business/industry and other interested partners representing St. Charles, St. James and St. John parishes. The goals are to enhance the quality of education; increase the number of skilled workers for the future; increase community awareness by addressing education issues, and encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education. Since its inception the group has worked to define/address specific problems facing the school systems, educate business/industry about the school system; provide successful learning tips/suggestions for parent-teacher communication, produce materials to promote parent/community involvement, hosted school-to-career conferences and workshops; and provide annual teacher grants. The organization has moved forward in becoming a foundation to provide scholarships and grants.
Philanthropic donations provide for the flexibility of discretionary funding for opportunities addressing pressing community needs. Unlike other petrochemical industries in the Baton Rouge/New Orleans corridor, the Norco community is a company town and fenceline community. These monetary donations aid in building and maintaining sustainable stakeholder/industry relationships.