College's health program benefits from $156,000 gift

Taft College said "thank you" in a big way to Chevron for a $156,000 donation last week.
College officials led Chevron officials and community leaders on a tour of a classroom in its Chevron Innovation lab and unveiled a plaque honoring their industry partner.

Chevron made the donation to help fund an expansion of its its health and sciences lab by funding the purchase of medical equipment for expansion of the TC anatomy and physiology curriculum.

Chevron San Joaquin Valley Business Unit Vice President Billy Lacobie said Taft College's need is matched by Chevron's desire to support programs int he community.

"This program aligns with all three of our social investment priorities and makes for a perfect fit, Lacobie said after presenting an oversize check to the District."We recognize the need for all students to have access to a quality STEM education. Through Chevron’s contribution to enhance the Allied Health and Life Sciences program, Taft College will be able to double science course offerings in anatomy and physiology, which will enable more students to complete their STEM education faster."

ts something TC has needed for some time now.
Superintendent-President Dr. Deb Daniels said student seeking careers in the health field have had to wait because the TYC couldn't offer enough classes to meet the demand.

Now, the college can expand its offerings to speed students through the requirements, Daniels said.