BP Gives $50,000 in Continued Support of Challenger’s Educational Programs
Working together to inspire Alaska’s greatest natural resource, our students!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2013
Contact: Marnie Olcott, CEO
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) announced today it has received a grant from the BP Foundation in the amount $50,000.00 in support of the expansion of educational programs. “We are proud to be associated with Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the important work they do” wrote Karen Cowart, Director; Government & Public Affairs. This grant marks the 7th consecutive year of BP’s generous support of CLCA’s efforts across the state providing STEM educational opportunities for Alaska’s students.
BP and its employees supported more than 700 education and community organizations in 49 Alaskan communities this year. It is only with the support of organizations like BP that allow CLCA to continue its mission to inspire students to look beyond the ordinary, imagine the unattainable and answer those seemingly impossible questions through the pursuit of higher education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in operation since April 2000. CLCA was created to meet the educational needs of students throughout Alaska. Using simulated space and earth science missions, distance education and hands-on workshops, the CLCA inspires youth to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and to consider careers in these fields. Using space and earth science as a medium, participants work in an environment that spans the academic areas while learning valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is a vital and valuable educational resource for our state and is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. CLCA is in a position to be the leading resource in STEM education for Alaska’s educators and home school organizations with comprehensive curriculum aligned with state standards and grade level expectations, combined with trainings, reference materials and classroom support.
Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project Webinar
Engage Girls in STEM
Kenai, Alaska- The Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) brings together organizations throughout Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Washington that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Often, programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment. In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. PNWGCP provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM through collaboration.
Chantelle Rose, CLCA Director of Educational Operations states, “We are looking to build upon the on-going partnership between the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and Girl Scouts of Alaska by hosting this webinar open to anyone interested in motivating young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This includes current program providers, school administrators and teachers, after-school clubs, summer camp providers, STEM professionals and companies with a vested interest in building the STEM career pipeline.”
More about PNWGCP: As the first collaborative site, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative experienced tremendous success during the initial months of funding from the National Science Foundation. As a result, the National Girls Collaborative Project developed a national model that has been replicated in many more regions throughout the United States. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project of community could accomplish. The model is structured to bring organizations together to leverage resources, share information and exemplary practices, and to plan strategically to expand STEM-related opportunities for girls. http://www.ngcproject.org/
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in operation since April 2000. CLCA was created to meet the educational needs of students throughout Alaska; providing a vital and valuable educational resource for our state and is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. CLCA is in a unique position to be the leading resource in STEM education for Alaska. For nearly 13 years, CLCA has increased awareness of STEM and inspired over 80,000 Alaskans to develop interest in STEM fields through simulated missions, workshops, custom programming, distance based learning and outreach.
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) announced today it has received a donation from the Tesoro Alaska Company in the amount $25,000.00 to support 25 fully-funded space-simulator missions for area 5th and 6th grade students. This donation follows similar monies presented to CLCA for the past six years. As a direct result of Tesoro’s generosity, approximately 5,500 students will have participated in our hands-on, minds-on programming over the seven year period.
CLCA’s vision is to have every school in Alaska experience the wonders of education through its simulated space missions, e-Missions, workshops, and outreach opportunities each year. This funding from Tesoro will assist in encouraging students to pursue higher educational goals and opportunities that will better prepare them to successfully compete in the 21st Century global market place.
It is only with the support of organizations like Tesoro that allows CLCA to continue its mission to inspire students to look beyond the ordinary, imagine the unattainable and answer those seemingly impossible questions through the pursuit of higher education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
June 2, 2014
BP Alaska awards $188,000 in scholarships to Alaska students
BP Alaska awarded 33 scholarships to Alaska students in May. The BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program awarded 25 graduating Alaska high school seniors scholarships and the Alaska Process Technology program awarded eight scholarships. In all, $188,000 in scholarship awards were earned by Alaska students.
BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship - 25 winners
BP Alaska awarded 25 scholarships, each valued at $4,000, to graduating high school seniors from across the state. The BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program began in 1985 as a way to recognize outstanding seniors who have excelled both academically and in community service. Since the program began, BP has awarded nearly $3.5 million to 750 Alaska students.
“A strong education system is critically important for us to be able to attract and retain a skilled workforce,” said BP Alaska President Janet Weiss. “And thanks to the state’s current healthy economic climate, we’re able to continue making these investments and helping students reach their future educational goals.”
The selections are made by a state-wide panel of school principals who consider academic achievement, leadership potential, community/school involvement, and financial need. The Alaska Commissioner of Education then chooses one student to receive the Commissioner’s Scholarship for an additional $16,000. This year’s winner is David Chamberlain of Mat-Su Central School.
2014 BP Principals and Commissioner scholarship recipients:
Skyview High School
Sitka High School
Mat-Su Central School
Ben Eielson High School
A.J. Dimond High School
Glennallen High School
Bristol Bay Borough
Wasilla High School
Grace Christian School
Colony High School
Trapper High School
Thunder Mountain High School
Cook Inlet Academy
Delta High School
Kotzebue High School
West Valley High School
Chugiak High School
Juneau Douglas High School
Bartlett High School
Soldotna High School
Craig High School
North Pole High School
BP awards eight process technology scholarships
BP also awarded scholarships to Alaska students who are pursuing degrees in process technology at one of the University of Alaska campuses in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Kenai. The scholarships range from $1,500 to $3,000 per semester over the two-year program. The two-year process technology degree is designed to provide education and training that will enable individuals to obtain employment in the industries that use and control mechanical, physical, or chemical processes to produce a product, such as oil and gas.
Kenai High School
Frank A. Degnan High School
Hutchison High School
Skyview High School
Kenai Peninsula College