CSUB-Chevron partnership offers free science courses to high school students

Officials from CSU Bakersfield, Chevron and the Kern County High School District today announced the CSUB-Chevron High School Academy, a new program that will give Kern High School District students the opportunity to take free college-level courses in science, math and engineering at CSUB. The academy was made possible by a $200,000 grant from Chevron.

Through the new academy, high school students will be able to take free evening or early morning classes at CSUB to earn up to 15 transferable units. The one-year, three-quarter sequences will provide the foundation for a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics or physics. An estimated 200 high school students will benefit from the program, which begins Fall 2012.

“Chevron is an essential partner in preparing local students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – also referred to as STEM,” said Dr. Kamel Haddad, Associate Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at CSUB and coordinator of the program. “Through this new academy, qualifying high school students will be able to complete the beginning sequence of their subject of choice and be ahead of the game when they start their freshman year at CSUB or elsewhere.”

Chevron, whose San Joaquin Valley headquarters are located next door to the CSUB campus, has a vested interested in supporting the training of a future local workforce.

“It's critical for companies like Chevron to have a steady pipeline of young engineers and scientists in the places where we do business so we are continually expanding ways to stimulate that interest,” said Bruce Johnson, Vice President of San Joaquin Valley Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company.  

To qualify, students must meet prerequisites such as completion of the last or second-to-last high school class in the subject. In some cases, a placement test will also determine readiness.

Applications must include the following:

• A statement of interest indicating a primary and an alternate sequence of interest

• A current high school transcript

• An application to CSUB (download from www.csumentor.edu/Support/pdfs/undergrad_12-13.pdf)

• An Early Enrollment Program form (download from www.csub.edu/academicprograms/undergrad)

Submit applications by March 23, 2012, in person or by mail to:

            NSME Student Center

            Attn: Dr. Kamel Haddad

            CSUB 13 SC1

            9001 Stockdale Highway

            Bakersfield, CA 93311-9811

For more information about the CSUB-Chevron High School Academy, call the NSME Student Center at 661-654-6322.

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