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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.
- Taft College Will Conduct In-Person Commencement Ceremony on June 3, 2021 April 20, 2021Continue reading →
Taft College is pleased to announce that it will conduct an in-person commencement ceremony for graduate candidates of the 2020-21 academic year, on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Taft Union High School’s Marion Martin Memorial Stadium, located at 701 Wildcat Way in Taft.
Graduate candidates who choose to attend the commencement ceremony must RSVP through their Taft College student email account by April 30, 2021. Unfortunately, graduate candidates who do not RSVP for this event will not be able to attend.
Graduate candidates attending the in-person commencement ceremony must wear graduation regalia purchased from the Taft College Bookstore. They can visit the online bookstore at: http://bookstore.taftcollege.edu
To keep attendees as safe as possible, COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly followed. Masks that cover both the mouth and nose will be required for all persons in attendance. Masks must remain in place throughout the event’s entirety. Seating on the field and in the stands will be socially-distanced six (6) feet apart. Large gatherings and photos are strictly prohibited.
Seating at the ceremony for graduate candidates will be pre-assigned. As guest seating will be limited, candidates for graduation will be allowed two guests each. For those who are unable to attend the event, the event will be live streamed. Interested parties may visit our website (www.taftcollege.edu) and the Official Taft College Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TaftCollegeWKCCD) for information updates, as they become available.
- Attention Cougars! – New Scholarship Opportunity! April 19, 2021Continue reading →
Students who are half way through their degree/certificate program prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester are encouraged to apply for the 2021-2022 Finish Line Scholars Program, PROMISE TO FINISH SCHOLARSHIP! This scholarship is meant to help our students cross the finish line and complete their program on time!
In addition to having completed at least half of their degree/certificate program requirements, applicants must also:
- Develop a comprehensive education plan with their academic counselor to complete their program within two years
- Maintain full time enrollment (12 or more units) while receiving the scholarship
Students seeking a degree will also need to meet two of the three requirements below:
- Successfully completed a transfer level English class
- Successfully completed a transfer level math class
- Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
Ready to make the PROMISE TO FINISH?
- Emergency Financial Assistance to Low-Income Community College Students April 13, 2021Continue reading →
Senate Bill 85 amends the Budget Act of 2020 by adding one-time local assistance funds which provide funding for students experiencing an emergency financial need.
- Be enrolled in at least 6 units
- Demonstrate an emergency financial need
- Have unmet need (determined by the financial aid office)
- Have been awarded a California College Promise Grant for either the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 aid year
- Have earned a 2.0 in one of the previous three semesters (students receiving additional support through the DSPS program do not need to meet this requirement)
- Summer / Fall 2021 Payment Reminder April 7, 2021
The California Legislature has set community college enrollment fees statewide at $46.00 per unit. All other fees are subject to change without notice. Please consult the fee schedule as published in each semester’s Schedule of Classes for current fees. Financial responsibility is placed upon the student once he/she enrolls in semester units at Taft College. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure fees are paid at the time of enrollment or by the due date specified for each semester.Continue reading →
If financial obligation is not met by the stated deadline, the student may be dropped from classes. Courses not dropped by the deadline will incur fees.
Students who are pre-registering must pay their enrollment fees
or secure financial aid by the following date:
Summer 2021 Semester – May 19, 2021
Fall 2021 Semester – August 04, 2021
Students may be dropped from units in which they are enrolled if fees have not been paid, if financial aid has not been established, or if a payment plan has not been initiated by 4:00pm on the deadline specified above.
DO NOT ASSUME NON-ATTENDANCE WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC REFUND.
Enrollment fees incurred after the payment deadlines established for each semester are due by 4:00pm on the day in which courses are added.
There are two (2) ways to pay your fees:
- Pay online: https://www.taftcollege.edu
- Pay by phone: 661-763-7713
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Non-attendance in an enrolled course DOES NOT guarantee a student will be dropped from a course or will receive a refund. The student is ultimately liable and deemed responsible for withdrawing from or dropping classes that they will not be attending. IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INSTRUCTOR TO DROP A STUDENT FOR NON-ATTENDANCE.
- Hey Cougars! WE HAVE ANOTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!! April 6, 2021
The California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association is offering students the opportunity to apply for scholarships! Filling out the application is quick and easy, take a look and apply here: 2020/2021 CCCSFAAA Scholarship Program
Please be sure to apply by the deadline of April 30, 2021!Continue reading →
- In Case You Missed It, View the 2020 Taft College Virtual Commencement Ceremony on YouTube NOW August 24, 2020
Here is your DIRECT LINK to our celebrated, one-of-a-kind 2020 Taft College Virtual Commencement Ceremony: https://youtu.be/dDVxNFdjsgMContinue reading →
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Heartfelt congratulations to all graduates of the Taft College Class of 2020! You did it. You beat all the odds. We are incredibly proud of what you have accomplished!
- 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
- 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:
Below is the link to West Kern Community College’s reporting as of 8/6/2020
Below is the link to West Kern Community College’s reporting as of 10/28/2020: FINAL REPORT
Below is the link to West Kern Community College’s quarterly expenditure reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3)
- 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
The Bookstore’s hours of operation are as follows:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
GRAD FAIR kicks off on March 8th– April 30th
Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lunch – 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.*
*Masks required for entry