Chevron is helping fuel education at Sacramento State. The petroleum company has been one of the University’s biggest corporate supporters over the last two decades, funding more than 50 programs and scholarships.
“Chevron recognizes the importance of investing in education,” says Sanjay Varshney, dean of the College of Business Administration. “It has been a great friend to the University and to the College.”
The company supports the College’s management information systems program as well as its SAP business enterprise program and provides scholarships to business students. “Without private support, our ability to provide unique programs would be greatly compromised, and the challenges would be higher,” says Varshney.
Chevron also supports programs and scholarships for students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
“They have a real interest in information technology professionals, computer scientists and mechanical engineers,” says Emir José Macari, dean of the College. “And we are starting to see civil and electrical engineers also become part of that group.”
Chevron representatives serve on the advisory boards of the both colleges and along with other board members, help the Colleges tailor the curriculum to prepare students for the technical requirements of the work world, says Suzanne Diers, Chevron information technology project manager and Sac State alumna (’83, Management Information Systems and Accounting.) Chevron is also a regular participant at campus job fairs and recruitment events.
“We are continually looking for highly motivated technologists coming out of universities because technology really is in every single thing we do,” she says. “When we come on campus to interview, we are not only looking for the top students, but students who can communicate well and work on teams, are interested in learning new things and enjoy working in a global high-tech environment. We have been very pleased with Sac State students.”
The long-standing relationship between Chevron and the University is mutually beneficial. Chevron is one of the largest employers in the state and regularly recruits on campus for its workforce.
“The representatives that come here are Sac State grads, and they know the colleges, and know the professors,” says Eva Gabbe, who manages Sacramento State’s Career Center, which also receives support from Chevron. “They spend three or four days meeting faculty members, going to presentations and attending career fairs. That kind of partnership takes years to build, and we’ve built it.”