- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) - The Bartlesville Public Schools are getting $1.7 million to create new science, technology, math and engineering labs on three campuses.

Phillips 66 Chairman and CEO Greg Garland announced the grant at a Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce forum, the Tulsa World reports (https://bit.ly/VlzYbR ). He said the grant is one of the largest the Houston-based oil refiner has given to a school district.

“We want to create a place where our students will come and be excited, be challenged and hopefully be encouraged to follow a career at a place like Phillips 66,” Garland said. “We want to put the right kind of tools in the hands of students in Bartlesville so they can be more successful.”

Bartlesville High will offer research-based science, computer science and math applications courses in its new lab. It will also create a freshman engineering curriculum, hands-on mentor research program and competitive project teams.

Madison and Central middle schools will add team teaching, competitive project teams, a Gateway to Technology course and workplaces similar to those at the high school to their new labs.

“We are just really, really excited about the opportunity this is going to provide our students,” Superintendent Gary Quinn said. “It cannot be overstated what this is going to mean to our students.”

Officials said there was a lot of competition for the grant funds.

Phillips 66 has about 2,000 workers in in Bartlesville.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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