Phillips 66 Donates $25,000 to Fuel STEM Education at Allan Hancock College
SANTA MARIA, CA – Students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees at Allan Hancock College will benefit from the generosity of Phillips 66. The company presented the Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees with a $25,000 donation at the board meeting on Monday, August 14. Phillips 66 is the main sponsor for the college’s STEM Week of Discovery program.
“Phillips 66 is excited to partner with Hancock to serve the community in which we live and work,” says Gabe Munoz, Phillips 66 West Coast Pipelines division manager. “Phillips 66 believes an educated workforce drives the world’s economy, and we support fundamental literacy education as well as skills critical to advancing energy solutions, including competence in science, technology, engineering and math.”
The STEM Week of Discovery is a four-day orientation event that introduces freshmen and their parents to STEM education at Hancock through a series of hands-on activities related to the majors. Presentations from STEM faculty will focus on topics such as applying for financial aid, transitioning from high school to college and highlighting student resources.
“The STEM Week of Discovery creates a seamless transition from high school to college by providing incoming college students with a directed major and career pathway,” says Angelica Eulloqui, STEM counselor at Allan Hancock College. “Through the generosity of our industry partners, our STEM students will have the academic resources vital to student success.”
The week started Monday, August 14 with parent information night and wrapped up Thursday, August 17. Students had the opportunity to tour the Phillips 66 Santa Maria refinery as part of the scheduled activities for August 17. Students who participate and complete the four-day program will receive a $200 book voucher for the Allan Hancock College Bookstore.
About Allan Hancock College
Allan Hancock College (hancockcollege.edu) is a California public community college located in northern Santa Barbara County. The college is ranked as one of the five best community colleges in California and one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation.