Student Wireless Network
To log into Taft College’s wireless network, enter your A Number for the User ID and your Password is your first initial capitalized followed by your last name initial and the last 6 numbers of your A Number.
Example: Student Tom Jones with an A Number of A0002005 would use A0002005 for the User ID and Tj002005 for the Password.
- Student Life Updates August 6, 2020
The Taft College student trustee and the ASO board reached out to students over the summer to gather questions pertaining to student services and changes to the class schedule with the campus moving online.Continue reading →
Find the questions and answers here.
- Taft College Announces 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on August 21 July 20, 2020Continue reading →
For the first time ever, Taft College will conduct a virtual commencement ceremony in 2020 due to the continuing global pandemic. All Taft College graduate candidates from Fall 2019 and Spring and Summer 2020 have been notified of the event date and preparations are already underway.
Taft College graduate candidates have been asked to submit professional photos for inclusion in an everlasting video tribute to their hard-fought accomplishments during this period of unprecedented uncertainty. In addition, Taft College faculty have been asked to create personal video messages by department that will seek to inspire these resilient Class of 2020 graduates to continue their education and/or help them navigate a very challenging job market.
Taft College will present its 2020 virtual commencement ceremony video on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on the Taft College West Kern Community College District YouTube channel.
- Most Fall Classes Moving Online July 10, 2020Dear StudentsMost Taft College face-to-face- classes will be changed to online classes for Fall 2020 semester. Please contact your instructor for more information. Thank you.Continue reading →
- Taft College Leadership Stands in Solidarity against Racial Violence June 7, 2020
Dear Taft College students, faculty, staff, and community members,
As an education leader in our region, Taft College joins the critical discourse taking place in this community and across the nation in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.
We are outraged that Mr. Floyd was brutally killed in Minnesota by a police officer while three other police officers watched. All four officers have now been charged in the crime. As history has shown, this is not an isolated incident against Blacks and people of color in the United States. These senseless acts of racial violence must stop now.
We must all engage widely in the essential conversation about ongoing, systemic racism in our democracy, and the civil unrest it perpetuates. Racial inequities are no longer permissible or excusable in a country that long ago should have internalized the painful lessons of the Civil War and the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery in 1865. In 2020, 155 years later, it is unacceptable that any one of our innocent students, faculty, or staff feels genuinely afraid for their safety and life anywhere in these United States. Discrimination of any kind cannot be tolerated. The responsibility for righting these wrongs lies with each one of us to stand for justice with our fellow citizens who face daily oppression.
At Taft College, we proudly welcome all students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and traditionally marginalized groups, regardless of race, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation. Student equity and success are central to the Taft College Vision and Mission. Our Vision “is to instill a passion for learning, leading to success for all.” Our Mission includes “creating a community of learners by enriching the lives of all students” we serve. Taft College Core Values include Innovation, Diversity, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Our policies state clearly that “Diversity is a condition of broad inclusion that offers equality and respect for all persons.” These are not just words. At Taft College, all means all.
In addition, Taft College fosters an environment conducive to Learning, Fairness, Dialogue, and Continuous Improvement. To enhance our ongoing Dialogue at the College, for example, we will be adding race and equality forums over the course of this year and next, as CDC guidelines allow, to be able to interact with our students and the community on these critical issues. We will update you when we definitively know more about these forums. Taft College also has resources available for students and staff who may need additional support at this time.
As Juneteenth approaches, and we celebrate the emancipation of African Americans, we invite everyone to participate in this essential conversation and claim their rightful place at the communal table to honor the ongoing work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose stirring words align with the Taft College Vision and Mission: “whatever affects one directly affects us all indirectly.”
Dr. Debra Daniels
Executive Vice President of Administrative Services
Vice President of Student Services
Heather del Rosario
Vice President of Human Resources
Dr. Leslie MinorContinue reading →
Vice President of Instruction
- Student Services Business Hours June 6, 2020
Student Services Business Hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. We are closed on Fridays through August 14, 2020.
Summer 2020 classes start Monday, June 8, 2020. Open registration for Fall 2020 is ongoing. Please log in to your Cougar Tracks to register for your classes. If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Center at (661)-763-7748.Continue reading →
- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting Disclosure June 4, 2020
The US Department of Education Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and to post the following information 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18804(a0(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.
Below is the link to West Kern Community College’s reporting as of 6/4/2020:Continue reading →
- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant Information, Eligibility and Application. May 11, 2020Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant Application (HEERF) – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which provides emergency funding to higher education. A portion of those funds must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please follow the link below to view detailed information on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants as well as all available financial resources.
- Open registration Summer & Fall 2020 May 11, 2020
Open registration for Summer and Fall 2020 starts Monday, May 11, 2020. Please log in to your Cougar Tracks to register for your classes. If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Center at (661)-763-7748.Continue reading →
- Drop for Non-payment Deadlines for Summer & Fall 2020 May 4, 2020
To avoid being dropped from your classes, please make sure you pay your fees by the drop deadlines. Please read the Drop For Non-Payment information for Summer and Fall 2020 dates. Sum Fall 2020 Payment Reminder | Instructions to Pay Fees OnlineContinue reading →
- Withdrawing from Your Classes Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic April 11, 2020Continue reading →
Taft College students who withdrawal from their course(s) due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be granted an excused withdrawal (noted as “EW” on your transcript). This mark will not affect your academic progress, academic probation, ability to repeat a course, or your GPA. To request an EW for your course(s) please submit this form to Withdraw from Your Course(s) Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please allow up to 2-weeks for the EW to reflect in your CougarTracks.
Some students may have questions about the EW, so we’ve developed a list of frequently asked questions and answers.
For any questions regarding how this will affect your financial aid, please contact Financial Aid. 661.763.7762
For any questions regarding how this will affect your transfer or graduation, please contact Counseling to schedule an appointment. 661.763.7748
Please contact Admissions and Records at 661.763.7756 with any other questions or concerns. We will be happy to assist you.
- Students March 24, 2020Continue reading →
- Since Taft College is closed, we added even more online student services March 20, 2020Continue reading →
Library and Tutoring: The Library and the Tutoring Center are now closed to walk-in students, BUT their services are still available online. Go to their web pages for more information:
Testing Center: The Testing Center is closed until further notice. Students should work directly with their instructors for exam purposes.
Distance Education: The Distance Education office is closed for walk-in students, BUT their services are still available to students. See their web page for more information.
- Taft College offers comprehensive online student services as the college is now closed March 20, 2020Continue reading →
Taft College will continue delivering services online to help our students succeed in their academic and career goals. Please click on the following links below:
- COVID-19 FAQs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention March 18, 2020Continue reading →
Taft College cares about your health and the health of our community. Here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
For the most accurate and up-to-date information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
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