By Shell Polymers on Jun 23, 2020
Since Shell Polymers chose Beaver County to house its new polyethylene plant, more than 5,000 jobs have been created to work on construction and hundreds of permanent jobs will be available once it opens. As part of its commitment to helping future generations of Pennsylvania students acquire the knowledge and skills they need for rewarding careers, Shell Polymers is finding ways to invest in STEM programs in the local community.
The Importance of STEM Education
STEM education is a crucial stepping stone for students on the path toward a lucrative career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.4% of United States employment shares were STEM occupations, many of which were recorded with an annual mean wage in the six figures.1
Even outside of commonly-known STEM occupations like engineering or computer science, STEM skills are crucial for an increasing number of jobs at all levels. Purdue University explains that “...individual and societal decisions increasingly require some understanding of STEMS, from comprehending medical diagnoses to evaluating competing claims about the environment, to managing daily activities with a wide variety of computer-based applications...”2
Providing opportunities for local students of all ages to strengthen STEM skills is not only essential to advancing the world we live in, but it’s also a mission ingrained in the people that make Shell Polymers.
Investing in the Next Generation of STEM Professionals
Shell Polymers is launching its plant with an all-star team of polymer experts including Polymer Pros and Polymer Pioneers who will oversee the exciting developments that are coming down the pipeline. In addition to lending their expertise to the business, many of them are dedicated to sharing their knowledge to advance STEM education and encourage the next generation of STEM professionals.