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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Taft College to host major energy conference

  • Kevin McCarthy and former CEO of Shell Oil to be keynote speakers at West Kern Petroleum Summit in October
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  • Congressman Kevin McCarthy and the former CEO of Shell Oil will be the headline speakers at a one-day summit on the oil and gas industry at Taft College on Oct. 18.
    Hosted by the the Taft College Foundation will host a one-day conference entitled "West Kern Petroleum Summit." Featuring energy experts, policy makers, academic and regional leaders, the Summit will discuss current and newly developed petroleum and natural gas technologies and their impact on both local and regional economic development. In addition, the workforce needs of the petroleum industry will be discussed, as oil industry leaders share their view on the future of their businesses regarding technology, partnerships and expansion.
    The event will be conducted on Friday, October 18, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 4 pm. A tent will be erected in the administration parking lot which will accommodate 300 people at round tables. There will be monitors strategically located to showcase speakers so that all seats will be "good" seats.
    "Considering the vital impact of the petroleum and natural gas sector in the California economy, this conference will provide important information to those who have an interest in the economic vitality of Kern County," said Dr. Dena Maloney, Superintendent-President of Taft College. "The community colleges are critical to producing an educated workforce for this important industry. This conference will highlight how we are responding to the needs of our industry partners for a trained workforce to sustain economic growth in California."
    Horn-Bunk said McCarthy has agreed to speak on Energy Policy and so has John Hofmeister, former chief executive officer of Shell Oil, Founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy in Washington, D.C., and author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider.
    The summit will also include local and regional energy industry panel discussions, a presentation from the USC Monterey Shale Development Study and an update on regulation and legislation.
    "Considering the vital impact of the petroleum and natural gas sector in the California economy, this conference will provide important information to those who have an interest in the economic vitality of Kern County," said Dr. Dena Maloney, Superintendent-President of Taft College. "The community colleges are critical to producing an educated workforce for this important industry. This conference will highlight how we are responding to the needs of our industry partners for a trained workforce to sustain economic growth in California."
    A large 50 by 100 foot tent will be sent up in the parking lot in front of the administration building to host the conference, Taft College Foundation Director Sheri Horn-Bunk said.
    She talked briefly about how the reasoning behind the summit.
    "In discussing workforce needs for the petroleum industry, Taft College's efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as focal points of its educational offerings, demonstrates how the College has worked to meet those needs, especially at the technical levels," Horn-Bunk said. "Within the last three years, Taft College has developed an Energy Technology Program that includes both a two-year degree program as well as five certificate programs designed to provide skills to assume technical related duties both in the business office and out in the field. Hands on training, secured through internships, allows these students to practice the very skills they have been taught."
    Page 2 of 2 - Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m., with a continental breakfast reception. The formal program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Luncheon will be served mid-day. The cost for VIP Sponsorship is $2500 per table and includes seating for 8, logo recognition on all printed and digital materials, state and media locations and event program. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60 each, with open seating.
    A Chevron Economic Development Initiative Grant has provided major support for this project. Currently, other sponsors include Occidental of Elk Hills, Aera Energy LLC, Holmes Western, Berry Petroleum, Electrical Systems & Instrumentation (ESI), Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
    For more information, contact Sheri Horn-Bunk, Executive Director, Taft College Foundation at 661.763.7936 or shorn-bunk@taftcollege.edu.

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