It's in honor of more than $1.4 million in donations from oil firm

The Taft College Foundation has received a lot of support from its industry partners over the years and this week it honored its biggest benefactor.

On Wednesday, the Foundation and college said thank you be renaming its STEM classroom the "Chevron Innovation Center."

Appropriately, it was junior high students attending TC's Summer STEM camp who unveiled the sign on the front of the building.

Chevron, in return, continued giving and presented the Foundation with a $75,000 check

"Taft College is honored to have a working relationship with Chevron that serves our students with support for STEM education toward degrees, certificates, and transfer preparation," said Dr. Deb Daniels, Superintendent/President, West Kern Community College District. This donation and the naming of the Chevron Innovation Lab creates a great place for Taft College students to receive hands-on training that will prepare them for the jobs of the future."

The college announced the honor for Chevron in December when the TC Foundation presented the company with he 2016 Taft College Foundation STEM Corporate Recognition of the Year award.

“We are grateful to Chevron for their continuous generous support of not only the programs and students of Taft College but of their support for education from elementary school through college," Daniels said when the honor was announced. "Their investment in our community has made it possible for more students to go to college and become part of an educated workforce to return to our community.” 

In just over 7 years, Chevron has donated more than $1.4 million to the TC Foundation to support STEM K-14 outreach programs.

"Chevron knows there is a lot of untapped talent on the Westside. We must continue to get kids to realize they can achieve anything in life. STEM education can help pave that way for long term success.” said Adam Alvarez, Chevron, Community Engagement Specialist.