MANAGEMENT

FACULTY & STAFF

   
ADAM BLEDSOE
Associate Professor of Business
Contact Information:
Phone: 661-763-7781
I earned my Master of Business Administration at Cal State Bakersfield in 2011 with a dream of teaching at the community college level. I am currently teaching Introduction to Business, Business Communication, Human Resource Management, and Macroeconomics. I come to Taft College from Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, California, where I began teaching economics, government, and history in 2004. Additionally, I was the head swim coach at Stockdale for seven years. I have always enjoyed the community of Taft. My mom has taught elementary school in Taft for 20+ years, and one of my first jobs was working for Taft National Bank in 1998. I spent a lot of time in my youth competing in swim meets at the high school pool. I was also a substitute teacher at Taft High School while completing my teaching credential





   
ABE PADILLA
Adjunct Instructor
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Abe Padilla draws on 14 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors to deliver real-world applications of course theories and content. Abe has a double Bachelors degree from CSU Bakersfield in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. Furthermore, Abe has a MBA with a double concentration in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Loyola Marymount University and a second Master's degree from Northwestern University in Predictive Analytics.






   
LINDA WEST
Full-Time Faculty
Contact Information:
Phone: 661-763-7831
Linda West has been teaching computer classes at Taft College for about 25 years. Linda currently teaches all of the Microsoft Office applications courses, an Internet course, and an Introduction to Computer Information Systems course. Linda teaches both online and in the traditional classroom setting courses.Linda was born in Akron, Ohio. Since Linda's father was in the Air Force she had the good fortune of growing up in many different places including Ankara, Turkey. Linda currently lives in Taft with her four dogs and two cats. Linda has three adult sons and all are married to women whom they met online. Two sons live in Oklahoma and one son lives in Canada.





   
DAVID LAYNE,PH.D.
Full-Time Faculty
Contact Information:
Phone: 661-763-7931
Dr. David Layne comes to Taft College from Colorado where he worked for nearly 18 years as a corporate controller in a highway paving firm. He was also a partner in a public accounting firm for 12 years. He enjoyed being an adjunct instructor for AIMS Community College for eight years. After doing a mid-career change, Dr. Layne began his full-time teaching career by taking a position in secondary education at the local high school where he taught “at risk” students in a K-12 program for seven years in a small community north of Denver.
An opportunity to work as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Dolores Huerta High School, an alternative education school, prompted a move to Pueblo, Colorado. A year later, Colorado Technical University lured him away to teach full-time in the business department and to act as the local campus dean. Two years later, the call from Taft College provided an irresistible offer to make the move to California and to become part of the learning community. Dr. Layne raised a family of five and currently enjoys his seven grandchildren. His interests include mentoring, reading, writing, community service, and making trips to the coast whenever possible.
   
KANOE BANDY
Full-Time Faculty & Division Chair, Applied Technologies
Contact Information:
Phone: 661-763-7779
Kanoe Bandy has been teaching at Taft College since 1987 in the Applied Technologies Division and in the area of Athletics. Because of our small size, we all wear many hats. Kanoe has shifted duties throughout the years. She currently serves as the Athletic Director, Volleyball Coach, and Business Instructor. She also has the opportunity to serve as the Division Chairperson for the Applied Technologies Division.Kanoe is married to Don Bandy, a retired Taft College faculty member.