The Southwest Louisiana Workforce Resource Guide is a step-by-step guide that helps individuals choose a career, acquire training, certifications and basic life skills, prepare a resume and ultimately land a job in support of area industry. The initiative targets the estimated 20 percent of the Southwest Louisiana unemployed and undereducated population who might otherwise be left out of the workforce development pipeline.
Community Partners: Southwest Louisiana Chamber-Economic Development Alliance, Calcasieu Parish Library System, Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center.
Partners in Education
Currently, Sasol North America has four established Partners in Education schools: Combre-Fondel Elementary (Lake Charles, La), Emerson Elementary (Houston, Tx), Western Heights Elementary (Westlake, La) and Westwood Elementary (Westlake, La). Through these partnerships, Sasol employees take an active role in engaging area students in programs that foster mentorship and life skills development. Sasol's Partners in Education program also seeks to enhance school-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum as well as educator professional development programs.
Community Partners: Banners at McNeese State University, Big Brother Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Calcasieu Area Boy Scouts, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana, The Children’s Museum of Southwest Louisiana
Community members identified a need to restore, preserve and enhance local ecosystems with tree-planting being a suggested community-based project to that end. Sasol partnered with the McNeese State University Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Science and 11 other community organizations through the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana to develop and launch the 1,000 trees in 1,000 days program. All tree plantings to take place in Calcasieu Parish, with priority given to nominations within the City of Westlake. The community-led steering committee will collect and consider nominations for planting areas and select indigenous tree species based on soil compatibility.
Community Partners: McNeese State University Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Science, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, City of Westlake, City of Sulphur, City of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana Chamber-Economic Development Alliance, Port of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish School System, Coastal Plain Conservancy, the State of Louisiana Office of State Parks, and the State of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Sasol partnered with the community to establish a scholarship fund that provides financial support to cover tuition, training costs, support services and human resources technical support for individuals participating in the Southwest Louisiana Workforce Resource Guide program. The program targets the unemployed and undereducated population in Westlake and Mossville communities.
Community Partners: Southwest Louisiana Chamber - Economic Development Alliance, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center, Calcasieu Parish Library System
The Southwest Louisiana Construction Users Council is a forum through which contractors, engineering firms and local owners or users of construction and maintenance services address local contract labor needs. In preparing for the high growth expected in the area, the SLCUC identified a need for advance funding to provide pre-training for the local construction craft workforce. Sasol pre-paid $635,000 of its SLCUC fees for construction craft training and associated costs.
Community Partners: Associated Builders and Contractors Southwest Training Center, Southwest Louisiana Construction Users Council
Sasol partnered with local business development organizations to develop a Small Business Resource Guide that provides step-by-step guidance on how to start a new business and information about how to work with Louisiana industry. The guide will direct readers to local organizations and programs that provide assistance with starting new businesses, growing existing businesses and connecting with companies that need those services. Sasol also funds monthly certification workshops and other small business development trainings for area businesses and entrepreneurs.
Community Partners: Louisiana Economic Development, Southwest Louisiana Chamber- Economic Development Alliance, Louisiana SEED Center at McNeese State University
A steering committee of Mossville residents and the Imperial Calcasieu Museum spearheaded a history project, funded by Sasol, to preserve and make available the written and oral history of the people and community of Mossville. An exhibit featuring written and oral histories, copies of family photographs, aerial photographs, video and photographs of standing structures and artifacts is now housed at the museum's annex gallery. The research is available to the general public at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, the McNeese Archives and Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Collections. Audio, video and images are available through the McNeese Library, the Calcasieu Parish Library System and through the Louisiana State University Library servers.
Community Partners: Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Louisiana State University T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Sasol partnered with the Calcasieu Area Boy Scouts Troop 86 in Westlake to restore the Mossville Morning Star Cemetery, a final resting place for generations of Mossville residents. In April 2016, Sasol employees, the boy scouts and Mossville residents worked together to clean-up the graveyard by picking up litter, removing overgrowth, planting flowers, filling low lying areas, pressure washing graves and installing solar lights and signage. Additionally, Sasol funded installation of a hurricane fence with a double gate around the property, maintaining 24-hour public access.
Community Partners: Calcasieu Area Boy Scouts Troop 86, Imperial Calcasieu Museum
For more than 10 years, Sasol and the Children’s Museum have cohosted Sasol’s Second Saturday Science Shows conducted by Sasol for Good employee volunteers. Expanding on this partnership, Sasol and the Children’s Museum of Lake Charles are building a Sasol exhibit with an overarching goal to develop the naturally inquisitive behaviors of youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to inspire students, teachers and family members alike to increase their STEM literacy and see engineering and industry as an exciting and creative career path. The interactive exhibit will provide a safety-focused, science and technology-based, teamwork-driven experience that reinforces the core values Sasol employees use every day.
Community Partners: The Children’s Museum of Lake Charles, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
Regional Impact Study
Sasol engaged Louisiana-based firm CSRS to perform a comprehensive regional impact analysis to identify the short-term and long-term impacts of planned capital expansions in the five-parish area. CSRS defined anticipated impacts of the area's planned capital investments and recommended actions local communities can take to address them.
Community Partners: Growth and Opportunity Group Southwest Louisiana Chamber - Economic Development Alliance, public administrators and staff from the Southwest Louisiana region.
Longleaf Legacy Project
When members of the Southwest Louisiana community identified a need to restore valued areas of the longleaf pine savanna ecosystem located within Sam Houston Jones State Park in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Sasol recognized the value of this unique forest and decided to fund an effort to restore it. Implemented by the Coastal Plain Conservancy and funded by Sasol, the Longleaf Legacy Project is dedicated to the heritage, restoration and rebirth of the longleaf pine forest – an endangered and historically significant ecosystem. Project partners are engaged in a multi-year effort to restore the local ecosystem to its former majestic condition. The project began in 2016 and encompasses restoration efforts of more than 70 acres of longleaf pine habitat located in park.
Community Partners: The Coastal Plain Conservancy, the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and Patagonia