API In the News

  • A composite picture of the Shell Oil cracker plant along the Ohio River at the site of a former zinc smelting company about 20 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, July 2, 2018

    Appalachia Partnership Helps Both Workers and Employers in a Changing Market

    Aug 30, 2018

    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.

  • Female civil engineer in a gas trench

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

    Oct 17, 2017

    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..

  • Engineer teaching apprentice to use a welding machine

    Retraining the Workforce Doesn’t Require Starting from Scratch

    Jun 30, 2017

    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.

  • Group of excited elementary students watch a drone in class

    STEM Flashes Potential in Energy-Oriented Appalachia

    Jun 20, 2017

    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.

  • Installing a natural gas pipeline

    High-tech Training is Giving Coal Miners' Kids New Hope

    Jun 3, 2017

    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.

  • Welding a steel structure

    API Partner Benedum Foundation Helps Fund the Future

    May 2, 2017

    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.

  • API Featured on Sunday Business Page

    Apr 2, 2017

    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.

  • Oil and gas engineer

    "A Pipeline of Skilled Workers" Needed in Western PA

    Mar 25, 2017

    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.

  • Welders at work on a natural gas pipeline

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

    Mar 22, 2017

    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?

  • Young girls building a robot

    API Supports New Educational Program, Inquire Within

    Oct 12, 2016

    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.

  • Teacher helping students with a car engine

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

    Aug 24, 2016

    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.

  • Workers working in a factory

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

    Aug 24, 2016

    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.

  • A student prints a prototype on a 3D printer

    In the Pittsburgh Region, STEM stands out

    May 22, 2016

    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.

  • News conference on new STEM initiative in Appalachia Region in Pittsburgh, October 21, 2014

    RAND to Evaluate New STEM Initiative in Appalachia Region

    Oct 21, 2014

    RAND will provide research and analysis for a multiyear, multimillion-dollar investment by Chevron in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) K-12 education and energy-sector workforce development training in the Appalachia region.