Ray Scott

Ray Scott was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey.  Ray’s life of volunteer service began while attending Taft College and he continues to serve in a leadership role as a board member of the Taft College Foundation.  During his service to the country as a Marine, Ray was recognized with the Navy Achievement

Casablanca Casino Night, Supporting the TIL Program at Taft College

On Saturday September 7, 2019, the Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) will be bringing back Casino Night, an event last held in 2012. The theme this year is based on the movie Casablanca, which was set in Morocco and featured a casino owned by the main character, Rick. Doors open at 5:30pm, with dinner

10th Annual Alumni & Friends COUGAR COOKOUT

Calling Cougars, Alumni and Friends. The Taft College Foundation announces the 10th Annual Alumni & Friends Cougar Cookout, held on October 24, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Quad at Taft College. This years Community Spirit Award will be Bob and Judy Hampton. VETERANS EAT FOR

Taft College Receives Major Gift from Chevron

The Taft College Foundation is pleased to announce Taft College received $80,000 from Chevron for three on-campus programs. The Transition to Independent Living Program has receive support funds for second year TIL students to support their workforce training projects in association with local Taft employers. The Taft College Childcare Center has received much

Meet the 2018 T.C. Grad Summit Speakers

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Make a difference by donating to the TAFT COLLEGE TIL PROGRAM NETWORK through the annual GIVE BIG KERN community campaign. The donation site is live, so start giving today! LINK:…/taft-college-foundation The Transition to Independent Living Program endeavors to provide an environment with: Enriching collegiate experiences

Grad Summit Celebrates Taft College STEM Students

The Taft College Foundation in a partnership with the Taft College Foundation Petroleum Partners is proud to announce the launch of a new event that will give Taft College’s top graduates the opportunity to network, meet and learn from local industry and community leaders. The 2018 Taft College Grad Summit will be held at the

Celebrating One of the Brightest Lights On Campus

Taft College English professor, Jessica Grimes is getting to the heart of the matter as she shares her personal story of living with heart diseases and advocating for women’s heart health. Grimes was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2016. Prior to being diagnosed, she had several family members who died of cardiomyopathy in 1997, 2010, 2014,

In Memory of Opal Smith and Harry Wilson

Dr. Deb Daniels, Taft College, President & Superintendent said, “Taft College is honored to be naming our Library after Opal Smith and Harry Wilson. Very rarely do you find an individual who believes as passionately as Harry did about furthering education because he believed in building a stronger community. Harry wasn’t a man that sat

Giving Tuesday

TODAY is #GivingTuesday! We are asking our friends and supporters to generously donate to the Taft College Foundation as part of their holiday philanthropy efforts. Your donations stay local and help educate and support the teachings and growth of Kern County’s workforce. TOGETHER we are making our home a better place to live,

Taft College receives $25,000 from Phillips 66 for Student Internship program

Taft College believes that work experience through student internships is valuable for any and all careers. Exposing students to career environments is vital professionally and personally.   Phillips 66 also believes in the importance of student internships and has awarded the Taft College Foundation with a $25,000 donation to support student internships in the Taft

8th Annual Cougar Cookout

Taft College Foundation Honors Community Visionaries Ray and Lodema Hatch Taft College and The Taft College Foundation Salutes the veterans of our community with the time-honored 8th Annual Cougar Alumni and Friends Cookout on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Last year’s event was a huge hit, serving over 400 people. This year, we

The Vision of Harry Wilson Will Forever Be Memorialized at Taft College

Taft College receives a $1.6 million dollar bequest from 1942 Taft College Alum -Harry Wilson Taft College has lost a true friend and community role model. Harry Wilson believed in furthering education for everyone interested in making an honest living. He believed in strengthening our education programs and most of all he

What’s Your Story? Meet Roxy!

For some this will be the first time you get to meet Roxy. She will be our FIRST alumni spotlight in “What’s Your Story?” On Taft College Multiply (TCM). College was never not an option for Roxy. Her dream after high school was to immediately get into a 4 yr university. She

Celebrating 20 Under 40

Taft College and The Taft College Foundation is especially proud of these four individuals for being named as Bakersfield Life Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 list of individuals to watch for 2017. It’s an honor to see out alumni, community partners and faculty making ur community great! For the full list in

Chevron Innovation Lab

The Taft College Foundation is pleased to announce the naming of the Chevron Innovation Lab on the Taft College campus. As an industry partner for over seven years, Chevron continues its partnership with Taft College to support and inspire STEM educational opportunities for the students on campus and youth of Taft and the surrounding Westside

Insight Beyond Markets

Thank you for attending our spring Taft College Foundation Petroleum Partners Peak Leadership Summit on May 17, 2017. We hope that you found Stanford Professor of Political Economy, Dr. Steven Callander’s discussion on looking past your industry’s market to prepare for growth and strategic planning while staying competitive in business development enlightening. The Taft College

2017 Taft College Graduation

We are very proud of the graduating class of 2017. Your hard work and dedication to your higher education has paid off. We wish you well in your future endeavors and want to remind, you are forever a member of the Taft College Family! Watch some of the highlights from the events

Taft College Mini Leadership Summit

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED…BUSINESS INNOVATION STRATEGY BEYOND MARKETS Taft College and The Taft College Foundation Petroleum Partners is asking the business community of Kern County to expect the unexpected. As part of an ongoing business-education-workforce partnership, The Taft College Foundation has designed bi-annual Strategic Leadership Summits to enlighten and engaged the oil and energy industry, and

Give Big Kern

MAY 2nd: Give Big Kern is one day to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County. It is designed to bring the county together as one community, raising dollars and volunteer hours for Kern County’s nonprofits through a 24-hour crowd-funding campaign. BUT, you don’t have to wait to make a donation to our campaign –

2017 Triple Play

Join us for the 4th annual Taft College Athletics Triple play dinner and auction. Taft College winds up for its 4th annual Triple Play Dinner & Auction benefiting the college’s athletics programs. The event will be held at The Historic Fort in Taft on January 27, 2017. Taft College Athletics is proud to announce


As we reflect on the year 2016, the Taft College Foundation is proud of the many accomplishments Taft College has achieved. Many of the programs and activities would not be possible without the support of our community and alumni Taft College enrollment is at an all-time high and we need additional financial support to continue


The 2016 Community Spirit Award Recipient; former WKCCD Superintendent/ President Dr. David Cothrun. Dr. Cothrun’s presidential reigning term was 21 years. He oversaw WESTEC, the Children’s Center, the Dental Hygiene Program, the Transitional Independent Living also known as the TIL Program, and the Taft College Foundation. All programs are operational and continue to support the


2016 CSUB AND TAFT COLLEGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM This summer marked a milestone for the Engineering Departments of Taft College and California State University, Bakersfield. Learn more about the ground-breaking research partnership from the innovative and passionate professors that made it all


Learning the Value of H20! The Taft College Summer STEM Camp gave 24 students (6-8th grade), who reside within the West Kern Community College District an opportunity to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a hands on approach to support interested young men and women to pursue careers in the STEM fields.  The Summer STEM Camps

Cougar Alumni and Friends Cookout

Taft College and The Taft College Foundation Saluted the veterans of our community with the time-honored 7th Annual Cougar Alumni and Friends Cookout on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

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