Energy Technology Transfer & Workforce Development Webinar

Energy Opportunities to Secure the Economic Vitality of our Region

October 7, 2020 | Time: 10 AM - 11:15 AM PST

A secure and stable energy future depends on an innovative coalition of public and private partners in an interconnected market where instability creates short-term winners and losers. Only the research capabilities of national laboratories and research universities, deployed for the workplace and workforce in a broad public/private alliance, have the potential to both hedge against short-term volatility and create long-term stability.

Join the Kern Community College District, Bakersfield College, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the County of Kern for a community discussion on the innovative strategies and workforce opportunities for the region.


Session I: Leadership Comments

Session II: Envisioning a Strong Future For Kern County

Session I: Leadership Comments

Featured Speakers

Liz Rozell

Director, Energy Technology Transfer & Workforce Development
Bakersfield College

Tom Burke

Chancellor, Kern Community College District

Kevin McCarthy

U.S House of Representative, CA 23rd District

Leticia Perez

Chair, Board of Supervisors Kern County

Dr. David Mooney

Executive Director Institutional Planning Integration and Development
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Cathy Reheis-Boyd

President, Western States Petroleum Association

Sarah Kurtz

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
UC Merced

Richard Chapman

President/CEO, Kern Economic Development Corporation

I: Envisioning a Strong Future for Kern County
Moderated Q&A

Featured Speakers

Dr. Sonya Christian

President, Bakersfield College

Dr. David Mooney

Executive Director, Institutional Planning, Integration and Development
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Lorelei Oviatt

Director, Kern County Planning and Natural Resources


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  • Sonya Christian, President - Bakersfield College | @sonyachristian
  • Liz Rozell, Director, Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development - Bakersfield College | @RozellLiz
  • Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, CA 22 District
  • Cathy Reheis-Boyd, President - Western States Petroleum Association | @WSPAPrez
  • Sarah Kurtz, Professor, Material Science and Engineering - University of California, Merced | @SarahKurtz14
  • Richard Chapman, CEO - Kern Economic Development Corporation