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Kern County Science Foundation

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Who Are We

Mission Statement

The Kern County Science Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) public non-profit organization created in 1988. Our mission is to advance youth interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Kern County.


  • Promote career and education interest in science and technology.
  • Foster a scientifically literate populace
  • Enhance the image of science and technology by communicating their importance
  • Prepare youth to be the scientific and technological leaders of tomorrow


Institutions represented on the Foundation are: Aera Energy LLC; Chevron North American Exploration and Production; Bakersfield College; University of California Ag. Extension Office; California State University, Bakersfield; Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB; Kern County Ag. Department, Kaiser Permanente, Grimmway Farms, Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.; Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center; Tejon Ranch Company, Kern High School District; and Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office.


  • President John Hester, Aera Energy LLC
  • Vice President Sandra Szymanski, Chevron North America Exploration and Production
  • Secretary Joel Hoffman, Oil & Gas Professional
  • Treasurer Liz Rozell, Bakersfield College


Donations are the life blood of the Kern County Science Foundation. Major contributors are recognized publicly, and small donations help us maintain our public non-profit status. Levels of sponsorship are: Stewards Circle-$10,000 and up; Sustaining Sponsor-$5,000-$9,999; Support Sponsor-$1,000-$4,999; Participating Sponsor-$500-$999; Sponsor-$1-$499.


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