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SWN Education Involvement

SWN believes in the transformative power of education, and we work with a number of organizations to enhance schools and provide opportunities for students. We focus particularly on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs because they can help students in our communities gain access to high-skill, high-wage jobs and also build a pipeline of future talent for SWN and our industry as a whole.

Supporting Higher Education in Petroleum Technology

In West Virginia, we began working to develop a local workforce as soon as we purchased assets in the area in late 2014. Since then, we have donated to Pierpont Community and Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College to endow scholarships for students in the schools’ petroleum technology degree programs. We also offer a field operators intern program, through which students from the community colleges complete paid, two-month rotations through field jobs during the summer.

In Pennsylvania, we support Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, which offers a two-year training program for students pursuing careers as compressor mechanics or well pumpers. We also established an annual scholarship fund for two students who graduate from high schools within our operating area to enroll in the Lackawanna College program. SWN also provides summer internships for students in the program.

UACCM logo The community college curriculums, scholarships and internship programs we sponsor in West Virginia and Pennsylvania are based on the programs we developed with the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM).

Science and Engineering Fairs

Since 2009, SWN has sponsored the Southwestern Energy Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair. SWN’s commitment has generated renewed interest in the sciences for teachers and students by sponsoring student projects and providing funding to help Arkansas educators host regional science fairs in areas where they are not currently available. The money also supports college scholarships for high school seniors who participate in the Southwestern Energy Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair and plan to major in a STEM discipline at an Arkansas college.

In 2016, we helped sustain the Northern Panhandle Regional Science Fair in West Virginia. In both Arkansas and West Virginia, these science fairs were in danger of being terminated. We’re proud that our contributions have helped allow these events to continue.

In Pennsylvania, SWN sponsors and helps to implement the annual Envirothon, a statewide science competition for high school students that brings together the winners of county-level competitions from all over the state. In 2016, in addition to sponsoring the state event, SWN employees hosted an educational session for teachers on hydraulic fracturing operations, with a focus on water, methane emissions, wildlife and habitat protection and community impacts. SWN employees also hosted an interactive educational session for student participants on the benefits and challenges of different energy sources. At the county level, SWN sponsors the Bradford County and Susquehanna County Envirothons.

Supporting STEM Education

SWN supports science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at the middle- and high-school levels. For example, we sponsor science fairs and other STEM-focused public education programs in all our operating regions. We hope these efforts will encourage local youth to consider jobs in our industry. However, these educational programs will help expand students’ opportunities and employability in whatever careers they pursue.

SWN is supporting a model STEM program at Wheeling Park High School in West Virginia. The school recently added a technology-focused “makers space” open to all community members.

Higher Education and High School Grants Program

In 2016, we implemented the Southwestern Energy Endowed Fund for Student Research at the University of Central Arkansas. Through this fund, SWN will contribute $100,000 per year for the next three years to fund undergraduate and master degree student research in key STEM fields, including physics, environmental science and geography.

Since 2008, SWN has also provided grants to high schools in Arkansas to fund equipment and assistance for programs that support science, math and technology.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement logoOur partnership with Junior Achievement of Arkansas began in 2007 and since that time we've connected SWN volunteers with approximately 10,000 Arkansas high school students. Our volunteers help students learn important lessons such as financial literacy through Junior Achievement's Personal Finance curriculum. We’re proud to connect employees with this great organization and to support their work with pledges and contributions totaling $500,000. We have also contributed volunteer time to the program in the Houston area, hosting three “JA in a Day” programs at a local elementary school.

Comp-U-Dopt

Since 2013, SWN has participated in Comp-U-Dopt, a Houston-based program to recycle and refurbish computers and other information technology equipment no longer needed by local corporations to donate to local schools.