We believe one of the most powerful attributes Shell brings to any community is a commitment to education. Shell Polymers has made a significant social investment in local educational systems to create a drumbeat of renewed excitement in manufacturing. Shell Polymers has not only brought engineers out to schools to provide exposure to future career opportunities, but has made significant donations to local STEM programs, including the full development of a STEM lab at a local middle school.
Shell Polymers donated $1 million to the Community College of Beaver County’s process technology program, making it the second largest gift in the college’s history. This donation will help expand the process technology program, a training program that prepares students for employment in industry and manufacturing. Shell’s gift will help fund the final phase of the program’s expansion, including a large-scale building addition which is expected to quadruple the size of the current facilities. This addition will provide dedicated lab space and a variety of simulation equipment necessary to grow and develop the skills of future process technicians.
At the end of 2018, Shell Polymers teamed up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to host an event called Powering Pittsburgh. The event was created to encourage participation in STEM programs and was open to middle and high school students across Beaver, Allegheny and Washington counties. Student were tasked to create alternate ways to Power Pittsburgh and/or Heinz Field. The event was an overwhelming success with 18 total teams across the three counties competing in the finals at Heinz Field. In the end, four schools were crowned the winners taking home the trophy, a trip to see the Steelers play the Chargers and $1,500 for each for their respective schools STEM programming.