API In the News

  • Appalachia Partnership Helps Both Workers and Employers in a Changing Market

    An innovative program in Appalachia is realigning the skills of the workforce with the needs of employers, getting people back on the job and providing a 21st-century model of workforce development.

    Aug 30, 2018

  • Marcellus shale growth, retirements will drive need for STEM workers, RAND report says

    A combination of Marcellus shale development and the expected retirement of skilled tradespeople is driving the need for STEM workers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. RAND's latest report showcases API's progress in improving STEM education and developing the workforce in the three states.

    Oct 17, 2017

  • Retraining the Workforce Doesn’t Require Starting from Scratch

    Rethinking STEM in areas that rely on heavy industry and manufacturing jobs is a cultural shift, but perhaps one that's long overdue. API is working to help the existing workforce throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia identify transferable skills.

    Jun 30, 2017

  • STEM Flashes Potential in Energy-Oriented Appalachia

    Inside Sources draws from RAND research to highlight the need for better K-12 STEM education in struggling economic areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

    Jun 20, 2017

  • High-Tech Training is Giving Coal Miners' Kids New Hope

    The New York Post profiles a unique API program that's changing lives in Greene County, PA. The course trains students in land-use, construction safety, and pipeline operations, preparing them for jobs in the natural gas industry.

    Jun 3, 2017

  • API Partner Benedum Foundation Helps Fund the Future

    The Benedum Foundation has a long history of funding education initiatives in the Pittsburgh region—which it continues as an API founding partner. It supports curriculum development for advanced manufacturing labs; funds STEM learning programs at close to 60 elementary, middle, and high school; and focuses on future workforce training in the petrochemicals industry.

    May 2, 2017

  • API Featured on Sunday Business Page

    RAND's Gabriella Gonzalez and Chevron's Trip Oliver appear on CBS Pittsburgh's Sunday Business Page to discuss RAND's latest study on the STEM labor market throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia—and how the Appalachia Partnership Initiative is working to support workforce development in the region.

    Apr 2, 2017

  • "A Pipeline of Skilled Workers" Needed in Western PA

    RAND's recent report on the STEM labor market in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio illuminates the need for "a pipeline of skilled workers who have the technical, academic and hands-on training" to address retirements and growth in the region, writes Stacey Olsen of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

    Mar 25, 2017

  • Appalachia Has STEM Jobs Available. Will Students Have the Skills to Fill Them?

    Good energy-sector jobs are available in at least one corner of Appalachia, but can the region's schools produce the workers ready to fill those jobs? And will future federal policies support this area of need?

    Mar 22, 2017

  • API Supports New Educational Program, Inquire Within

    Inquire Within is a partnership between public television station WQED Pittsburgh, API-sponsor Chevron, and libraries throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Participating libraries choose from a menu of STEM, early literacy, and other program options that create impactful, hands-on, family-centered educational experiences for children in their communities.

    Oct 12, 2016

  • Getting Technical: Preparing High School Students for the Workforce America Needs

    Today's workforce may require a different mix of skills than the last century, so investing in high school career and technical education (CTE) programs is critical. When American workers can better meet the modern needs of the workplace, America can stay competitive.

    Aug 24, 2016

  • Back to Work: Middle-Skill Jobs in the STEM Economy

    The STEM economy will grow by 17 percent through 2018, with expected job vacancies totaling 2.4 million. Middle-skill STEM jobs that require associate's degrees or occupational certifications—such as computer support specialists, web developers, and engineering technicians—are in the highest demand.

    Aug 24, 2016

  • In the Pittsburgh Region, STEM stands out

    Aligning student learning and workers' skills with jobs is urgent in the Pittsburgh region. The Appalachia Partnership Initiative helps to adress this—aiming to fill gaps in skills, reform the talent pipeline, and better prepare for long-term economic vitality.

    May 22, 2016