HOUSTON, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation celebrated National STEM Day on Nov. 8 honoring the achievements its 11 CITGO Innovation Academies have had in increasing access to educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas; Lake Charles, La., and Lemont, Ill. 

CITGO Innovation Academies are the cornerstone of the CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline, a corporate social responsibility program focused on actively supporting the academic exploration of STEM subjects in the schools surrounding the CITGO operational areas. This year's celebration was virtual to respect social distancing requirements, and included the award of mini-grants to each one of the CITGO Innovation Academies so they can continue supporting cutting-edge STEM curriculum, resources and events. 

"Our Innovation Academies help students explore STEM skill sets in creative ways. Students see the practical and fun side of STEM subjects and this is very powerful to create curiosity and interest in pursuing them as a career path. During these uncertain times, focusing on educational development is key for the economic and social recovery that's ahead," said CITGO President and CEO Carlos Jordá. 

The first CITGO Innovation Academy was launched in 2013 at Foy H. Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, which serves as the flagship campus. Today, CITGO has 11 active Innovation Academies as part of its CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline program, promoting STEM education and providing educators with resources for increasing student interest, retention, and graduation rates, as well as scholarships for students pursuing higher degrees in STEM fields. The CITGO STEM Talent Pipeline reaches nearly 30,000 students and educators per year across the CITGO operational footprint, strengthening the communities where the company has a presence.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 42 terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the sixth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,600 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.



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