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Education & Workforce Development

We help provide youth the broadest options for their future and  build a highly skilled employee base for our communities.

We do so by investing in:

  • Programs focused on education for at-risk youth to ensure success in life
  • Pre-K through 12 education with an emphasis in math, science, technology and business acumen
  • Post high school / secondary school education
  • Technical and professional accreditation

Junior Achievement: Inspiring Our Future

Greg Ebel at a podium

Junior Achievement’s mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy goes hand in hand with our commitment to education and workforce development.

We support Junior Achievement with both funding and volunteerism. We sponsored the inaugural Junior Achievement Inspire event, a job awareness fair, in Houston that introduced 2,900 eighth-grade students to a wide variety of career opportunities. The program is designed to help students start thinking about their career path and the classes they need to pursue in high school and ultimately college. Our President and CEO, Greg Ebel, who serves as president of the board of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, spoke at the event sharing tips with the students for achieving career success. Programs like JA Inspire help keep the pipeline of future employees flowing.

First Robotics, Then The World

Video Still: FIRST Robotics

 

Union Gas is a proud Gold Sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Competition, which challenges teams of high school students to design and build robots for competition. One of the teams we sponsored was the C.K. Cyber Pack, a new team from Chatham-Kent that won the Rookie All Star Award at the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Regional and went on to compete in the FIRST Robotics world championship.

85% of the students who participated on a FIRST Robotics team across Ontario, said they plan to study or pursue a career in a field involving science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). 70% of the students who plan to study or pursue a career in STEM attribute their decision to participating in FIRST Robotics. These students are poised to contribute to the economic well-being of society and become potential Union Gas employees of the future.