Growing up as the daughter of an oil industry worker, my dad was able to provide well for his family and we got to see the world. It is great now for our students to learn about the science and technology that goes into the industry that provides energy for all of us.
Michelle McLean, Ed.D.Former Superintendent, Arvin Unified School District
As a business owner in Kern County, I am very aware of the enormous positive impact that the local oil industry has on our businesses. The good paying jobs that go along with this industry translate into families being able to bring their children into American Kids, leading to employment in our business and additional spending in our community. We have to speak up for the oil industry in Kern County and protect this great natural resource and the thousands of jobs in our community.
Mike WilliamsOwner, American Kids Sports Center
If we don’t support Oil in Bakersfield, shame on us. We have an economic engine which has sustained us well beyond our borders. I am so glad KCE gives voice to the goodness of oil, in contrast to the anti-frackers and rest of the ‘community activists’ who would shut down the industry, damaging the very people whom they claim to defend and represent
Scott LiebergSunbelt Business Brokers and Advisors
As a comprehensive financial planner I have the pleasure of working with many amazing individuals in the oil industry firsthand and on a very personal level. I am honored to know and work with these quality people, and am better for it. It is this personal side of the local oil industry – the quality individuals that comprise it– that I know and value so well.
Debbie CharpentierCharpentier Wealth Strategies
The oil and energy companies in Kern County have made it possible for the Bakersfield Homeless Center to continue to serve our community for the past 24 years. We are continually inspired by their dedication and generosity. Their partnership with our organization is vital and enables us to succeed in our mission to provide hope and opportunity to individuals, families, and children who are in crisis due to homelessness.
Louis GillBakersfield Homeless Center
The energy industry plays a vital role as a philanthropic muscle for our Kern County non-profits. From the selfless time, talent and personal gifts provided by their employees that work and live in our community to the tremendous community investment dollars that change lives each and every day. Our Kern County youth thrive in the cutting edge programs including early childhood literacy, career development, and educational pathways/higher learning which have been developed under their stewardship. The leaders in this industry continue to demonstrate a collective heart for Kern County residents by ensuring that human service programs continue to be initiated, enhanced and sustained.
Zane SmithExecutive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County
CASA of Kern County has received such immense support from the energy companies in our community, that we don’t consider them funders, we consider them partners. Each energy partner has provided leadership, strategic planning assistance, vital funding, committee support, and volunteer Advocacy to the vulnerable foster children in acute need that we serve. These abused and abandoned children do not vote, do not drive vehicles, and do not make energy choices for their families, and yet the support grows annually. The Oil and Energy companies in Kern County are comprised of caring people who want to ensure safety and sustainability for the most fragile in our community. It is easy to support their cause.
Colleen A. McGauleyProject Manager, CA CASA
Thank you so much for KCE’s generous support of Kern EDC and our Foundation. Your partnership allowed us to honor Kern County’s oil industry and the people who laid the foundation of our amazing community. We truly appreciate it!
Cheryl ScottVice-President, Kern Economic Development Corporation
The oil industry in Kern County has been one of our most substantial and committed partners in feeding the hungry for almost thirty years. We have relied on and been deeply appreciative of their financial and advisory support on a corporate level, and of the tireless efforts and huge hearts of their employees. The combination has provided our organization the stability to mature into a valued part of the community – one that helps take care of our own neighbors who are struggling. Such a win-win for us all!
Pam FioriniFormer Executive Director, Golden Empire Gleaners
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level.
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This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific
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alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website.
In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels;
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These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
Disability profiles supported in our website
Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
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Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
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