CSUB receives $2 million donation for science, engineering

CSUB receives $2 million donation for science, engineering »Play Video
FILE - The California State University, Bakersfield campus is seen Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — California State University, Bakersfield has announced its largest yearly contribution from a corporate donor.

The school said Chevron has contributed more than $2 million, which has helped fund several programs in the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering.

"We want to make this place more like a lab, first of all. Get some more computers. We have an old Pentium-2, the program needs the money," said CSUB engineering student Joshua Ward.

Chevron hopes to build the school's programs to educate future top-tier engineers, who they'd one day like to hire.

"They can become anything that they want to in life. We want to inspire the kids to look at science and engineering careers. Learn to love math, learn to love science and just know that it's a bright future for them. We've got a hub of really awesome jobs right here in our backyard,” the Chevron’s spokesman Adam Alvidrez.

CSUB said the $2 million is the largest yearly donation from a corporation. From it, an entirely new bachelor's degree program will form.

"We have a program in computer engineering and electrical engineering, and a new program in what's called engineering sciences, which includes a concentration in petroleum engineering," CSUB president Dr. Horace Mitchell said. "This is a railroad to success for our students,”
    
Money is also set aside to assist high school students interested in engineering.

"We want to get more students in. We want to get more people involved," said Ward.