Press Release

For Immediate Release

December 17, 2013

Contact: Sara Melton,, 202-835-9646 ext. 116



Houston Latino Middle Schoolers on Path to STEM Studies

Students learn to stay competitive around the world and at home


HOUSTON, TX -- Though years away from college, local Latino middle school students are prepping for future careers in energy, science, technology and related fields under an after school program sponsored by LNESC Shell Science Corps program, a partnership of LULAC National Education Service Centers Inc. (LNESC) and Shell Corp.


Midway through this scholastic year, about 200 middle school students at five Houston Independent School District campuses have already studied cells through microscopes, gauged their “energy” knowledge, attended a NASA workshop, and reviewed the science of food and other fields under the program that encourages Latino students to take “STEM” courses in science, technology, engineering and math in high school and college.


“I am very happy to have the LNESC Shell Science Corps program at our campus because we are offering opportunities to students in the East End to be exposed to skills and experiences they will be using in their future as they continue their education, said Joseph Alva, assistant principal at Jackson Middle School. “It is our hope that this partnership continues so that our students get the exposure to STEM enrichment.”


The STEM instruction and hands on learning is taught by certified science and/or math teachers and includes field trips and sessions with volunteer professionals who offer career counseling.


“Shell is proud to partner with LNESC in an effort to increase the number of students pursuing courses and careers in math and science. Building these skills prepares students for the high tech, well-paying jobs of the future,” said Michael Alvarez, Shell Workforce Development Manager. “Many of the jobs at Shell such as engineering, geosciences, process technology and maintenance crafts rely on a strong foundation of math and science,” Alvarez added.


The LNESC Shell Science Corps program began a decade ago and has served about 1,000 students and families. Students meet twice a week for two hours throughout the school year.


“Our program targets Latinos, the fastest growing demographic in the U.S., so that we can increase the number of STEM career professions among Latinos and better serve their communities while also helping the U.S. remain competitive in the global marketplace,” said Richard Roybal, executive director of LNESC.






LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) was established in 1973 by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to provide educational programming to high-need students throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Through our education and technology centers, LNESC has served over 500,000 students, sent 150,000 students on to college, and awarded nearly $20 million in scholarships. LNESC’s results are made possible by a network of dedicated field staff, top-notch teachers, over 90 school partners, and the support of LULAC - the nation’s largest membership based Latino organization. LNESC works to change lives and build Latino communities, one student at a time. More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at


About Shell Oil Company

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs nearly 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. Shell Oil Company is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology and one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, gasoline and natural gas marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. For more information visit 



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Contact: Sara Melton,, 202-835-9646 ext. 116