Amidst a pandemic, Marla Wilson, Executive Director of the STEM Careers Coalition, works to feature the different jobs of critical professionals through a series of videos motivating students to enter the field

By Ricardo Sánchez Silva, @RicardoLoDice, NAHP Media Correspondent

In the midst of the pandemic the COVID-19 Solution Seekers platform was created by STEM Careers Coalition upon learning about professionals in the field with useful skills and tools that could meet the needs of the population in a global crisis like the one the world is currently experiencing.  The STEM Careers Coalition is the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

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It makes sense for America’s Latino leaders to pay attention to energy jobs

By Jose L. Perez, President & CEO, Hispanics In Energy

Recent reports show America’s oil and gas industry supports roughly 10.3 million people in great-paying jobs across the country.

Hispanics, America’s largest minority group with 60 million people, are already 25 percent of K-12 students. Those young people will soon become of working age, whereby the energy sector could be a very attractive opportunity.

Hispanics have the highest labor force participation rate in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Hispanics will work in vocational-technical occupations such as welders, pipefitters, truckers, and laborers. They will also go on … Read More >>

Phillips 66 supports Texan by Nature programs that get kids outside, boost urban green space

Phillips 66 has been recognized internationally for its work in energy manufacturing and logistics, and for making cutting-edge advancements in the oil and gas industry since its inception. Beyond day-to-day business, Phillips 66 dedicates itself to making a difference for the environment, and our future, by sponsoring conservation projects that make lasting, on-the-ground changes. The company’s culture emphasizes the greater good. Phillips 66 is dedicated to fulfilling global energy needs and maintaining its commitment to improving the lives of others through sustainable practices.

Texan By Nature (TxN) exists to activate new investments and amplify ideas in conservation that create positive … Read More >>

Texas Blackouts: Why We Need Diverse Energy Supply

The recent historic winter storm that plagued Texas has reinvigorated a discussion around the need for diversification of energy sources as well as ensuring reliability to the power grid. While the debate continues about how to prevent massive widespread blackouts from occurring again in the future, here is what experts have agreed upon:

  • Access to reliable, affordable energy is essential to diverse communities and their quality of life across the country.
  • The widespread blackout events in Texas and this past summer in California showcase the need for a diverse energy supply and better planning to support U.S. power grids during

Industry remains committed to advancing workforce development and diversity

Two of Louisiana’s historically black colleges have recently joined forces with the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association (LMOGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) to launch a new educational partnership in support of workforce development and diversity.

Both LMOGA and API’s Minority Serving Institution (MSI) are now working with Louisiana-based Southern and Grambling State Universities in their ongoing effort to increase access to the oil and gas industry’s best-in-class standards and better prepare the incoming industry workforce. The partnership with these two historical universities is just one example of industry making strides to diversify and lead the pack in preparing the future … Read More >>

Discovery Education Hosting Event to Celebrate Black Leaders in STEM

By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent, @StacyBrownMedia

The Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition is celebrating Black History Month by offering resources that shine a spotlight on today’s African American leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Coalition, a dynamic collaboration of diverse partners, will host a Black Leaders in STEM Professional Development event at 6 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 16.


Chevron, Boeing, the American Petroleum Institute (API), Microsoft, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will display how they are using their STEM skills to make a difference and … Read More >>

STEM, fundamental studies for the professional future of young Latin Americans

By Ricardo Sánchez Silva, @RicardoLoDice, NAHP Media Correspondent

The future of students, children of Hispanic parents, can often be uncertain if they do not have due orientation about possible study options, and mainly financial support.  In such regard, Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) offers a new series of specific K-12 educational programs, which promote university studies, awareness, and access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), among traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Latin communities are within these sectors. Motivation and exposure of young people to role models, such as engineers and scientists, is of the utmost importance, as well … Read More >>

Implications of Biden Admin, Federal Leasing Ban on Energy and At-Risk Communities

While President Biden’s Administration is making diversity and equity a priority, and have signed several executive orders to address disparities, some of their recent announcements on energy policies could have adverse effects on underserved communities.

Yesterday, National Public Radio and others have reported that  President Biden ordered the Department of Interior to suspend new oil and natural gas leases on federal lands and in offshore waters, effectively stopping ‘federal leasing.’

This is a big deal for local communities that rely on affordable and reliable energy, as access to energy produced on federal lands and waters is critical to strengthening America’s … Read More >>


The American Petroleum Institute (API) hosted Tuesday its annual State of American Energy address. It outlined actions the natural gas and oil industry is taking to support the nation’s economic recovery and a vision for an affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy future.

According to a press release, API President and CEO Mike Sommers headlined the event that drew more than 2,000 virtual attendees and featured young professionals and local energy leaders, including a New Mexico teacher and Pennsylvania-based union trade leader.

“President Biden will lead our nation at a time of abundant American energy development, strengthened security, lower household energy … Read More >>

API Outlines Affordable and Accessible Energy in State of American Energy Report

By Stacy M. Brown

NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent


American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers said there’s growing confidence that America’s future will be brighter and cleaner because of today’s natural gas and oil abundance and an adapting, evolving industry. 

“Today, I’m going to outline a path, a vision, for an affordable, secure, reliable cleaner energy future one marked by a shared commitment across many industries to innovation, action, and problem-solving,” Sommers avowed.

The remarks kicked off API’s annual State of American Energy address. Sommers outlined actions the natural gas and oil industry is taking to … Read More >>