Refinery Makes Donation To Expand “Learn Do Earn” Program

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Dana Egreczky, President and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation (right) accepts donation check from Carol Ziegler, Public Affairs Manager for Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery. (Photo courtesy of The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce)

Dana Egreczky, President and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation (right) accepts donation check from Carol Ziegler, Public Affairs Manager for Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery. (Photo courtesy of The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce)

LINDEN –The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced last week that it has received a $10,000 contribution from Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery of Linden to support the foundation’s LearnDoEarn program.

The Foundation developed LearnDoEarn as a unique motivational curriculum, including games and activities, to help middle and high school students understand exactly what they need to do to succeed in college and/or work.

Targeting Elizabeth and Linden, the Phillips 66 contribution will allow schools in these districts to receive the LearnDoEarn curriculum at no cost, offer teachers training in its use, and provide opportunities for Phillips 66 employees to directly engage with students.

Two presentations have already been delivered to ninth grade students in Admiral Halsey and Alexander Hamilton High Schools in Elizabeth, with another slated for freshman orientation in Linden as students return to school in September.

“We are especially interested in LearnDoEarn because of the emphasis the program places on preparing students for careers in STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – fields where the jobs are,” said David Erfert, manager, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery. “LearnDoEarn generates increased enrollment in these key high school courses.”

Dana Egreczky, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation said, “Phillips 66 recognizes how important it is to ensure the next generation of workers is prepared for the challenges ahead, and we are gratified that they recognize LearnDoEarn is an effective way to achieve that goal. We thank Phillips 66 and all of our LearnDoEarn sponsors.”

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to maintaining and improving New Jersey’s high-quality workforce. Its LearnDoEarn program helps middle and high school students of all abilities understand exactly what they need to do to build the academic and behavioral foundations they will need for success in college and/or work. LearnDoEarn is the only program that actively uses the business community as future employers to create a clear roadmap for students, detailing the rigorous courses they should take, the grades they should earn, the amount of homework they should do, and the behaviors they should acquire and practice.


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