March 17, 2016

Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) leads local efforts to promote growth, stability and an ongoing pool of talent in Wyoming

Donations and employee volunteer events organized through partnership with First Book and Western Wyoming Community College

Green River, WY: Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners has announced a new community initiative in Wyoming focused on promoting local education at all levels. Through partnerships with nonprofit social enterprise First Book and the Western Wyoming Community College, the company is offering several volunteer opportunities for employees, and donating over $9,300 to local educational institutions in Sweetwater County and Uinta County. This initiative is part of the company’s ongoing effort to support the growth, stability, and developing pool of local talent in Wyoming.

From left: Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) assistant professor of Biological Sciences Megan Lahti; WWCC community relations director David Tate; WWCC faculty and adjunct office assistant Natalie Jorgensen; Tata Chemicals supervisor of environmental engineering Tyler Keck; assistant professor of Biological Sciences Katrina Kirsch; assistant professor of Physics and Mathematics Stephen Schutten, and assistant professor of Chemistry Randy Goff

“There is a tremendous need for industry members to get involved in the national movement to inspire, develop, and retain students in STEM pathways. As one of the largest soda ash facilities in Wyoming, we are committed to leading these efforts in our community,” said Martin Keighley, CEO and MD, at Tata Chemicals North America. “By partnering with First Book and Western Wyoming Community College in this initiative, our goal is to not only make a lasting contribution to the educational development of local students, young and old, but also encourage volunteerism among our employees.”

In February, Tata Chemicals’ initiative focused on promoting STEM education among middle and high school students. The company partnered with Western Wyoming Community College to host the following event:

  • Rock Springs, WY: On February 23, Tata Chemicals sponsored Western Wyoming Community College’s annual Southwest Regional Science Fair. In support of the participating students and schools, the company made a $2,325 donation to cover the registration fee for all entering competitors. Additionally, three company employees attended the fair to participate as volunteer judges. In this role, they reviewed science projects in both the junior and senior divisions, and helped select winners across categories such as scientific thought, engineering goals, thoroughness, skill, and clarity. 

In April, Tata Chemicals’ initiative is focused on promoting literacy and improving children’s access to books. The company has partnered with First Book and Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, to organize the following events:

  • Rock Springs, WY: Tata Chemicals will donate a total of $4,000 in new books to the students of Westridge Elementary School, Walnut Elementary School and Stagecoach Elementary School. On April 4, the company will host a volunteer reading event at Stagecoach Elementary, where 20 Tata Chemicals employees will participate in reading circles with the school’s 100 first grade students, and give each of them two news books to take home.
  • Lyman, WY: On April 8, Tata Chemicals will host a Reading Celebration at the Lyman Branch Library. The company will present the library with a $3,000 grant that will help fill its shelves with new books for all reading levels. Over 20 volunteers from the company will attend to participate in a “Read-A-Loud” with visiting children, each of whom will also receive two new books to add to their personal libraries at home.