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Chevron donates $300,000 to ECISD and MISD

Chevron is donating $150,000 to both Ector County and Midland Independent School Districts to support STEM initiatives and to ensure the schools are equipped for remote learning in the fall.


“Chevron has been a friend in education and a strong supporter of MISD for many years, and we are so grateful,” said Anita Gamertsfelder, director of the Midland Education Foundation. “We are thrilled that these funds will be used to help teachers and students with virtual classroom learning, mental health, STEM education, petroleum education, and campus support as a Partner in Education. These programs would not be possible without Chevron's generous support of public education and dedication to our community."

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 Celeste Potter, director of the Education Foundation for ECISD, adds, “The Education Foundation is grateful for its strong partnership with Chevron. These funds will allow us to provide innovative opportunities for education in Ector County ISD through support of Career & Technical Education (CTE), PICK Education initiatives, Project Lead the Way, and to bring internet access to students in need during the COVID pandemic.”


Working with partners like ECISD and MISD allows Chevron to support innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs that position the next generation of problem solvers to tackle the most complex challenges of the future. Chevron believes a workforce armed with the skills needed to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow is important not only to the success of its business, but also to the country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.


“Thank you to each and every member of the school districts- teachers, administrators, volunteers, support staff,” says Molly Laegeler, Chevron Midcontinent general manager of asset development. “We continue to be amazed by your dedication and flexibility, especially during these unprecedented times. Education is the key to opportunity, and we can’t wait to see Midland and Ector County students excel and make vital contributions to our community.”


Additional information about the school districts can be found at and Additional information about Chevron is available at


About Chevron: Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company's operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at


About ECISD Education Foundation: Over the past twenty years, the Education Foundation of Odessa has worked to improve the culture of education in ECISD schools and our community, and to ensure students graduate and have the opportunity to continue their education at a higher level. The Education Foundation of Odessa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization of citizens who share a vision of enhancing education in ECISD. The Education Foundation of Odessa provides a new and innovative source of funding to support the school district’s educational plan. The Foundation does not attempt to replace lost state funding, nor does it attempt to take the place of the district’s operating budget. When considering the level of funding required to educate students, the Foundation can expect only to provide funds for those projects and activities that go beyond the normal classroom experience. Such initiatives provide enrichment, research opportunities, teacher training, intervention and prevention strategies and extend the educational effort.


The mission of the Education Foundation is to create opportunities for education in Ector County ISD. Our vision is that every student in ECISD will be school-ready, college-ready, work-ready…WORLD-READY!


About MISD Education Foundation: The Midland Education Foundation and its dedicated board of directors help guide funding that contributes to enriching, innovative instruction throughout MISD leaving its mark on all students through a variety of initiatives that directly support academics, fine arts, robotics, science, technology, engineering, math, history, and so much more.



Media Contacts:

Sara Scarlett

Policy & Government Affairs Representative

Chevron Midcontinent Business Unit



Anita Gamertsfelder


Midland Education Foundation

432-240-1372 main office

432-413-8427 cell


Celeste Potter


Ector County Education Foundation