Oiol tech lab will be renamed in honor of program's patrons

The Taft Union High School Oil Technology Academy will dedicate its oil tech lab to patrons Fred and Barbara Holmes on Oct. 24.
“Fred and Barbara have spent countless hours in developing the Oil Tech Academy,” praised Oil-Technology program coordinator Ted Pendergrass.  “They are constantly looking for new mentors, new curriculum, and new opportunities for our students.  They have been key stakeholders from the beginning of the Academy.”
Dinner, by invitation only, will be catered by Roots Eatery and sponsored by the business partners. The meal will be held at 6 p.m. outside the high school oil tech classroom, between the tennis courts and the swimming pool.
The dedication ceremony, open to the public, will follow at 7.
The program has grown to 120 students, six teachers and 34 business partners. The business partners provide curriculum, mentors, job shadowing, summer internships, guest speakers and field trips. Many students have moved into jobs in the oil industry after graduating from the program and on to prestigious colleges including the Colorado School of Mines, Texas A&M University, University of Oregon, University of Kansas and Montana Tech.