Supporting local STEM programmes
Throughout our history, we have invested company resources in educational programs that improve the communities in which we operate. We believe a high-quality, well-rounded education promotes critical thinking and entrepreneurship.
Accordingly, all our sites have endowed time and resources into the entire education value chain, from donating school supplies to children in need and rewarding high achievers to funding university scholarships and providing on-site training opportunities.
Our local operations have worked hard to encourage students of all ages to pursue an education in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through various initiatives.
Building the dream
IFCo is a longstanding supporter of Southeastern Iowa Community College’s Building the Dream program. The plant pledged $250,000 in 2014 to be paid out in annual instalments.
This initiative is helping the school build its industrial technologies training centre, health professions centre and make other critical investments to enhance facilities and training programs for students.
EFC and EBIC Summer Internship Program
EFC and EBIC jointly run a summer internship program for university students, welcoming approximately 50-70 students per year on-site to train in a variety of technical and non-technical roles.
Over the last 5 years more than 300 students from a wide range of local Egyptian universities trained on-site.
OCI Nitrogen participates in Jet-Net, an annual nationwide initiative in the Netherlands that lets high school students aged 12-18 see for themselves how challenging, interesting and relevant STEM is in the workplace and for society.
OCI Nitrogen participates in Chemelot2Discover, an educational program that aims to introduce elementary school students to the world of chemistry and to the companies on the Chemelot site to trigger their motivation for technical and chemical education.
Launched in 2014 by the seven companies situated at the Chemelot industrial site, the program has welcomed more than 5,000 students to date.
Flint Hills Junior Achievement Luncheon
OCI Beaumont engineers participate in an annual engineering job shadow lunch, where they work with high school freshmen and sophomores to conduct science experiments and watch sponsor-led demonstrations.
The event is one of the largest job shadowing events in the area and is designed to spark student interest in engineering as a career path.
OCI Nitrogen participates in Girlsday, an initiative by the VHTO (National Expert Organization on Girls/Women and Science/Technology) that aims introduce girls to science, technology and ICT at a young age.
This national event takes place annually in April and allows girls to participate in interesting STEM activities and meet female employees who work in STEM fields.
During Girlsday, middle school and high school aged participants are introduced to Engineering and Chemistry through a number of fun and interesting workshops and activities.
The girls are hosted by and interact with female operators, technicians, laboratory technicians, technologists, engineers, and plant managers.
Limburg Process Technology and Maintenance Foundation
OCI Nitrogen participates in a joint initiative of companies in the field of Technology and Chemistry (PML) in affiliation with the Limburg Process Technology & Maintenance Foundation.
PML organizes different activities for vocational and higher vocational students to introduce them to the position and career opportunities for process operators and maintenance technicians. Nearly 1,500 students have visited OCI Nitrogen as part of the “process engineering week” in the last three years.
Southeast Iowa STEM Festival
IFCo participates at the annual Southeast Iowa STEM Festival in West Burlington. The program involves the development of a series of educational activities, including PH testing, electricity generation, pipefitting, and testing tools aimed at increasing students’ knowledge about fertilizer and the role Iowa Fertilizer plays in the region.