By Kristy Sturgill, Staff Reporter
Claremore Daily Progress
Baker Hughes recently became a new Partner in Education with Claremore High School. The partnership will provide mentorship and professional advisement opportunities to students.
“Baker Hughes has a long history of engagement with Claremore Public Schools. Our employees volunteer as mentors throughout the school system, and members of our engineering staff serve on the advisory committee for Claremore High School’s pre-engineering program,” said Wade Welborn, vice president of Baker Hughes Artificial Lift Systems, which is headquartered in Claremore.
Claremore High School Principal John Steidley said they are working to define the partnership, which is in the early stages of development.
“We are collaborating with them, andthe current plan is to send some speakers over to our pre-engineering classes and other classes, such as higher-level math,” said Steidley. “We are very excited about partnering with Baker Hughes.”
Steidley said high school students benefit from interactions with professionals working in the field.
“Baker Hughes is an extremely professional company, and I think our students learn from meeting these successful people,” he said.
Welborn said getting involved with Partners in Education was a natural extension of the company’s commitment to education.
“These students are the next generation of engineers, businessmen and women, machinists and a host of other occupations that are vital to the future growth of not only our company, but also the local, national and global economy. We have a responsibility to give these young people their best chance for success when they enter the workforce,” he said.
Baker Hughes is the second Partner in Education for Claremore High School. The school has also had a longtimepartnership with RCB Bank,according to Steidley.
“RCB is a great partner — this summer they will be sponsoring a new marquee sign that will be located in front of the high school. RCB has also helped with purchasing scoreboards for the stadium, basketball gym and softball field,” said Steidley.
Steidley said the high school has many unofficial partners in education who do everything from helping booster clubs to providing meals for parentteacher conferences.
“We have a lot of partners in different areas who help in different ways. It is crucial support and we are very thankful, especially now in the financial crisis we are in,” said Steidley.