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President's Welcome


A message from the President

Welcome to Taft College!  We are pleased you have chosen Taft College as the institution to pursue your education and create your future. 

Taft College prides itself as a small, comprehensive institution with a wide range of educational programs and support services to students. We offer 37degrees and 24 certificates in transfer education and career-technical education programs. Our enrollment of nearly 12,000 students at our campus in Taft, through our partnership with Westec in Shafter, CA, and through our Distance Learning Program, have access to innovative, caring faculty members and the support programs needed to promote student success.

Taft College is a leader in offering state-of-the-art curriculum in high-demand fields including Energy Technology and Dental Hygiene. We offer seven guaranteed transfer programs in Art History, Early Childhood Education, English, History, Psychology, Sociology, and Studio Arts.  Three additional guaranteed transfer programs are in development or awaiting approval by the state of California:  Criminal Justice Administration, Business Administration, and Mathematics.  Students at Taft College are focused on success --- whether they plan to continue their education at a four-year college, or enter the workforce in a new career.

Since passage of a General Obligation Bond (Measure A) in 2004, Taft College has embarked on an ambitious effort to update and enhance existing facilities, build new instructional spaces and complete a new Master Plan for the campus. To date, Taft College has completed the following construction projects: 

  • New Child Development Center
  • Modernized Administration Building
  • Expanded and modernized Library
  • Modernized Sciences Building
  • Renovation of the Cougar Courtyard
  • Modernized Technical Arts Building
  • Technology Infrastructure

In addition, the College recently completed construction of the Center for Independent Living, a 24,000 square foot state of the art facility for the Transition to Independent Living Program.  We are now in the process of modernizing campus dormitories, and will commence construction of the new Student Center in late 2014/early 2015.  The Student Center will house a new cafeteria, bookstore and student union.  Following that, we anticipate construction of a new Vocational Building which will house instructional programs in Dental Hygiene and other disciplines. 

Clearly, Taft College is on the move and ready to help you identify your academic goals, map out a course of action, overcome obstacles and realize your educational dreams! We are committed to your academic success and welcome you to Taft College.

Brock McMurray, Interim Superintendent/President

Brock McMurray, President