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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Omar Garcia has witnessed economic development in south Texas in the last five years. The Eagle Ford Shale has produced about 116,000 jobs and has brought more opportunities in the oil and natural gas industry to the area.
That is what the president of South Texas Energy and Economic Rountables said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox." He will be the guest speaker at the West Kern Petroleum Roundtable Summit Initiative in Taft.
"It's been a game-changer for south Texas and it's changing the landscape for the better," Garcia said by phone.
Just like in Texas, Taft College wants to give locals the opportunity to succeed in the growing industry.
Paul Blake, engineering/energy technology professor at Taft College, said the engineering program prepares students to work at places such as Chevron Corp. or Aera Energy.
"We have opportunities within our own community and we want to keep that talent of engineers locally," Blake said.
The Petroleum Roundtable kicks off at 9 a.m. March 20 at the Taft College Cougar Room. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 763-7936.