The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 1, 2013

ECA ponies up $600,000 for STEM studies

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Energy Corporation of America has awarded $600,000 to the Clay Center in Charleston to spark the interest of young people in science, technology, engineering and math.

John Mork is chief executive officer of ECA, a natural gas company headquartered in Charleston. He said the donation is a challenge grant. The Charleston Gazette said the Clay Center plans to match the amount dollar-for-dollar to create a mobile exhibit geared toward middle school students to generate greater interest in so-called STEM careers.

Mork said his industry is “going to create a ton of jobs” that will require workers who have had an education in the sciences, math or technology.

ECA owns and operates about 4,600 wells, 5,000 miles of pipeline and 1 million acres in North America, according to the company.