To encourage students to finish high school, pursue a post-secondary education and ultimately join the oil and gas workforce, we support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum enhancements. Through a partnership with the math education nonprofit Reasoning Mind, Marathon Oil has positively impacted approximately 750 elementary and middle school students in the Karnes City and Kenedy independent school districts (ISD) in the Eagle Ford. Based on the results, we expanded the program to serve 135 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in Pawnee ISD in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition to math curriculum, participating teachers received ongoing program support, training and professional development for the program year.
In the 2016-2017 academic year, Kenedy and Sides elementary schools saw an increase in the percentage of students who improved their math performance on state standardized tests from the previous academic year.
Marathon Oil supports local food banks that lead the fight against hunger, one of the biggest barriers to learning. Children who receive proper nutrition are able to pay attention in class, process learned information and retain knowledge more easily than undernourished children. We continued our commitment to the Houston Food Bank in 2017, holding our second volunteer day and again sponsoring the Backpack Buddy program that provides reliable, nutritious food to children at-risk of hunger outside of school on the weekends. Through the Backpack Buddy program, almost 370,000 backpacks were distributed to participants in 625 Houston-area schools in 2017.
Each day, 3,300 students across the U.S. drop out of high school, severely limiting their ability to support themselves and their families. These youths experience higher unemployment rates and earn less, resulting in a negative economic impact on communities. To address the dropout epidemic in the Houston area, Marathon Oil is a longtime contributor to Communities in Schools (CIS) and its on-campus integrated support that helps students succeed in pre-k through community college. CIS is highly effective in keeping kids in school, even those who face significant economic, language and cultural barriers. In 2017, over 3,400 students at two high schools we supported participated in CIS campuswide events and 149 students were served through CIS intensive case management services. Of CIS case-managed students in Houston in 2017, 92 percent were promoted to the next grade level and 91 percent of eligible seniors graduated from high school.
Marathon Oil was also a major donor to CIS for Hurricane Harvey relief on Houston-area campuses. CIS provided basic emergency needs, trauma-informed counseling to students and their families, and assistance to school staff and CIS staff who were directly impacted.
To develop a future workforce for the oil and gas industry, and increase the number of qualified diverse hires, we funded college scholarships in the U.S. totaling approximately $390,000 for 41 students to study core disciplines in 2017. This included $125,000 for six diverse students with a record of academic excellence studying engineering and geosciences at the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. Four students from Equatorial Guinea attended the University of Houston and Prairie View A&M University, and five attended the Institute Technological National of Hydrocarbons Equatorial Guinea (ITNHGE).
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Marathon Oil uses well-established business processes to evaluate climate change risk in our investment decisions, and engages with external stakeholders to understand their perspectives.
Marathon Oil and our workforce were deeply affected by the record-shattering storm. But we cared for each other, our neighbors and communities, while continuing critical business functions and safeguarding our South Texas Eagle Ford asset.
Digital Oilfield Capabilities
We’re expanding digital oilfield capabilities throughout our U.S. unconventional resource plays. They’re allowing us to automate field operations, transmit and manage large amounts of data, perform site and equipment surveillance remotely, and analyze and optimize operations.
Since 2002, Marathon Oil has been the operator of a world-class integrated gas business in Equatorial Guinea. We’re striving to bring progress, opportunities and national capacity to the community and host nation, while building long-term shareholder value.