Several times a year, ECA/EKERN organizes visits by teachers and counselors from high schools in the region to public and private sector employers in the region.
The purpose of these visits is two-fold: to acquaint educators with career opportunities in the region for their students, and for employers to brief educators on the qualifications they seek in the men and women they hire.
Visits have been made to employers including businesses at the Mojave Air and Space Port. CalPortland Cement, Rio Tinto Borax, the Air Force Flight Test Center, Terra-Gen Power, Southern California Edison, General Electric Wind Energy, the California City wastewater treatment plant, and others.
Response to these visits has been phenomenal from both educators and employers, who especially enjoy the give-and-take that occurs over lunch following facility tours.
ECA/EKERN welcomes participation in its efforts from the East Kern and Antelope Valley community. Call us at 661.824.8417 for more information.
Edwards Air Force Flight Test Center
Edwards Air Force Base is home to the Air Force Flight Test Center, the 412th Test Wing
and the 95th Air Base Wing. The base also hosts tenant organizations, including the NASA-Dryden Flight Research Center, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve units, Air Force Research Laboratory's Propulsion
Directorate and the Air Force Operational and Test Evaluation Center's Detachment 5.
The Flight Test Center's mission is to "conduct and support research, development, test and evaluation of aerospace systems from concept to combat." Edwards test forces have played a vital role in virtually every aircraft to enter the Air Force inventory since World War II.
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Rio Tinto US Borax
Rio Tinto Borax operates California's largest open pit mine in Boron, California - one of the richest borate deposits on the planet. The company supplies nearly half the world's demand for refined borates, minerals essential to life and modern living.
Borax traces its roots to California's Death Valley, where borate deposits were discovered in 1872. The twenty mule teams Borax used to haul ore out of the remote desert live on as a symbol of the company's commitment to innovation.
Today, Borax is acknowledged as the world leader in borate technology, research and development. Technical support for customers, product quality, and supply reliability are the pillars of our commercial commitment. We are also committed to ensuring that our practices and products are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
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Terra-Gen Power is a renewable energy company focused on geothermal, wind and solar generation. Terra-Gen Power owns 1,706 MW (net equity) of renewable generating facilities across 27 projects, 20 of which are operated and managed by Terra-Gen's wholly owned subsidiaries, Terra-Gen Operating Company and Coso Operating Company.
The company primarily sells the output of the renewable energy projects to load serving entities under long-term power purchase agreements. Terra-Gen Power plans to expand operations in renewable generation through a combination of acquisitions of operating projects, development of new projects and partnering on mid and late stage development opportunities
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Southern California Edison
SCE leads the nation in renewable energy, delivering approximately 15.5 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy to customers in 2011. This constitutes about 21.1 percent of the energy we deliver to customers.
In 2011 SCE signed 15 contracts for 920 megawatts of renewable power. These contracts have the potential of providing 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough for more than 364,000 average-sized homes for a year.
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The California Portland Cement Company's Mojave Plant employs 150 people to extract limestone and produce cement at this 9,000 acre site. The plant opened in 1955, after a nine mile rail spur connecting the site to the main line at Mojave was built by the company.
The plant has been expanded and modernized a number of times, most recently in the early 1980's. It is one of three locations for this company: the others are at Rillito, Arizona, and at Colton, California (where a literal mountain of limestone can be observed slowly disappearing, on the south side of Interstate 10). Cement from the Mojave facility was used to build the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown L.A., Dodger's Stadium, and the second L.A. Aqueduct.
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Mojave Air and Space Port
Mojave Air and Space Port has since evolved from a sleepy desert general aviation destination to a world renowned flight research center spanning 3300 acres, hosting the latest and most advanced aeronautical designs. Hosting more than 60 companies engaged in light industrial to highly-advanced aerospace design, flight test and research to heavy rail industrial, Mojave Air and Space Port and industrial park might very well be a destination for your business.
Over the past three years the infrastructure has been upgraded to accommodate significant flight line development and industrial manufacturing utilizing common industry components which complement each other. The wind industry and aviation industry rely heavily on composite fabrication using carbon fiber and fiberglass technology – both reside at Mojave Air and Space Port. The commercial aircraft industry relies heavily on firms located at Mojave Air and Space Port to perform aircraft inspections, storage and part-out. Many specialty firms at Mojave focus specifically on engine development, noise reduction technology, advanced cockpit display development and major airframe design modifications. Mojave Air and Space Port is home to the National Test Pilot School where more test pilots are educated than any other site in the world.
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