The Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and its partners today announced gifts totaling more than $1 million to continue leading and to build on the successes of the Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium. This multi-state, multi-industry effort strives to bridge the gap between the lack of STEM graduates and the workforce shortage in energy and advanced manufacturing.

  • Appalachian Regional Commission: $587,950 over three years
  • Chevron: $250,000 over one year
  • Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: $248,300 over one year 

In addition, the TEAM Consortium will benefit from in-kind matches from 10 educational partners totaling $597,894 over three years.

The grants and the in-kind matches, which total more than $1.6 million over three years, will support three foundational elements of the consortium’s workforce development work:

  • Align relevant curricula among higher education institutions to facilitate the creation of seamless pathways to jobs, even across state lines;
  • Provide necessary online access to information and referrals to programs within energy and advanced manufacturing (E&AM); and 
  • Build on the success of outreach and engagement practices that raise awareness of, change perceptions about and increase interest in pursuing occupations in these targeted STEM sectors. 

“Working to fill the STEM workforce gap is a big job, one that no one company, college or organization can do on its own,” said CCBC Interim President Roger Davis. “These commitments from Appalachia Regional Commission, Benedum and Chevron allow CCBC and our partners to build on the successes we had in our first year. It also shows that when all of us work toward a bigger, common goal, we can move the needle and make a difference in our regions.”

The TEAM Consortium’s mission is to create clear and accessible pathways through education and training into STEM careers in energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. TEAM brings together partners from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and from industry, higher education, workforce and economic development sectors to address critical workforce shortages. 

“In just one year, the Team Consortium has quickly proven its ability to make an impact on our regions,” said Dr. James Denova, vice president of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. “We are proud and excited to make a new commitment to this important effort.”

“Chevron is proud to support this initiative after seeing the impact first-hand as co-chair over the past year,” said Lee Ann Wainwright, STEM Education Investment Lead at Chevron. “It is important for industry to engage and partner in workforce development initiatives that help to ensure we have qualified candidates for our future STEM jobs, specifically in energy and advanced manufacturing.”