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Aera in the Community Mar 13, 2020

Education and inspiration go hand in hand with Aera Ambassadors

A world opens up for students when they hear from our blue-shirted employees

Aera Ambassador and geologist Cole Heap explains to students from Bakersfield’s Wayside Elementary School how natural gas is formed deep in the earth.

Since 2017, Aera has helped educate nearly 50,000 Californians about the oil and gas industry and future job opportunities that await them in the state’s petroleum-producing areas.

That outreach has happened through Aera’s Ambassador program.

Since it was formed more than three years ago, the program has trained 564 Aera employees how to communicate effectively about the science of petroleum, the importance of environmental stewardship and the role of oil and gas in the economy.

Clad in their blue shirts, Aera Ambassadors have connected with people at schools, career days, expos and STEM events.

The outreach includes more than 20,000 elementary, junior high, high school and college students who have met with Ambassadors at the Aera Academy. This 14,000-square-foot learning center sits inside Aera’s Bakersfield headquarters.

During the course of a few hours, these visitors learn about the geology of the San Joaquin Valley, petroleum production, oil in everyday life, and how companies like Aera keep people and the environment safe.

Here’s a short video clip of students visiting the Aera Academy.

“It’s important that our kids understand the future job opportunities that are available to them,” said Mark Luque, deputy superintendent of Bakersfield City School District, during a tour with students from Bakersfield’s Wayside Elementary School.

“The goal is to get our kids out here and expose them to what Aera Energy offers in terms of careers and a better understanding of how the work occurs,” Luque added. “Hopefully, this can inspire kids to want to grow up to be engineers and workers in this industry.”

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