Educational partnership gives students scholarship, career opportunities
In 2015, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) kick started an exciting partnership with Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio, to provide students with new scholarship opportunities in the oil and gas industry, with support from both MPC’s Canton refinery and the company’s Terminal, Transport & Rail (TT&R) organization.
In recognition of MPC’s commitment to the school and its educational efforts, Stark State College named the main lobby of its downtown Canton satellite branch after MPC. The naming marked the beginning of a long future of potential partnership between MPC and Stark State.
Three Stark State students in the college’s Oil & Gas Technology program were hired as process operator interns in the summer of 2016 to support MPC’s refinery operations in Canton. The internship gave the students a great opportunity to see what it’s like to work in the refining industry by engaging with MPC operators side-by-side on daily tasks and also allowed the company to view them as potential future full-time candidates.
“This project is a great example of MPC’s dedication to collaborating on education initiatives in the community, and it’s also exciting to be involved in the next generation of employees,” says Gretchen Plewak, Canton refinery Human Resources manager.
In addition, TT&R worked with Stark State to provide scholarship funding for eligible students in the college’s Commercial Driver License (CDL) training program. The program provides both classroom and behind-the-wheel training for CDL certification.
To support the company’s mission of developing and maintaining a diverse workforce, the new scholarship funding will be used specifically to support veteran, minority and/or female students.
“The faculty, staff and students at Stark State College greatly appreciate the partnership we have with Marathon Petroleum, and we believe that it truly enhances our ability to offer quality programs that lead to high-demand careers,” said Marisa Rohn, executive director of Advancement, Marketing and the Stark State College Foundation.
“We are pleased to support Stark State students who have an interest in the oil and energy industry, and who are acquiring the education and skills needed to enter the workforce,” adds Tim Aydt, TT&R general manager. “Our contribution exemplifies our commitment to making a positive difference in the communities in which we operate.”