SULPHUR, La., Nov. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, along with CITGO Innovation Academy Students at E. K. Key Elementary, LeBlanc Middle School and Sulphur High School, celebrated National STEM Day Nov. 8, 2021.
To commemorate National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Day, CITGO hosted a STEM festival at E. K. Key Elementary for the kindergarten through fifth grade CITGO Innovation Academy students, as well as the entire student body. More than 500 students rotated through 11 hands-on STEM stations where they experimented with subjects such as aviation, chemistry, coding, robotics, engineering and more. The sixth grade CITGO Innovation Academy students from LeBlanc Middle also joined in on the festival fun. The seventh and eighth grade CITGO Innovation Academy students from LeBlanc Middle traveled to Sulphur High to join the ninth and tenth grade CITGO Innovation Academy students for a special STEM presentation and hands-on takeaway activity.
"CITGO continues to advocate for STEM education with hopes of nurturing a path for opportunity in the lives of Southwest Louisiana students," said Vice President and General Manager of the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, Jerry Dunn. "As the students grow through the academy program, and go on to further their education, I look forward to the day when we are able to welcome the first legacy student to the industry."
CITGO launched the STEM Talent Pipeline program in 2016, aimed at increasing access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related educational opportunities by supporting and encouraging students to pursue a career in STEM. The program provides grants to schools and educational organizations in its operational communities including Lake Charles, Louisiana, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lemont, Illinois Along with financial support, CITGO encourages its employees to share their knowledge and experience with students and young professionals through classroom presentations and hands-on demonstrations.
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 Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 38 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the fifth-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 4,400 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.
SOURCE CITGO Corporation