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Officer Altenhofel

Officer Altenhofel

With school security becoming more and more important, Taft College has been looking for ways to make sure that students can feel safe while on campus. Most buildings at Taft College have electronic locks that can be locked with one button in case of an emergency. The only buildings that do not are the G buildings which are portable classrooms near the edge of campus.

According to Officer Altenhofel of the Taft Police Department, a recent lock down drill raised awareness to the fact that teachers in these buildings had to step completely outside to lock the classroom door. Since the G buildings are unable to have electronic locks installed, the Lock Blok was the best solution. The Lock Blok is a device that allows doors to remain locked at all times while allowing students to enter and exit without causing a distraction. The device is a piece of rubber that keeps the door open just a fraction of an inch which in case of emergency can be slid out of the way, closing the already locked door.

Altenhofel hopes that this will help students feel safer while attending classes in the G buildings this semester.

photo of lock block

Lock Blok





By Jessica Guillen

We recently had an exciting event held at the cafeteria’s banquet room known a, 3D Printing. STEM Coordinator Rachel Belden, and the science faculty had a wonderful idea to introduce 3D printing to the people of Taft College. They hoped to open the students to different areas and learn design skills as well. This event was rather enticing and definitely taught people a few things such as a new way to design and introduce them to what the future holds.



TC Before & After Pictures 

By Gloria Saldivar



In 2004 Taft College was granted District A Measure of $39,800,000. The District A Measure is a general obligation bond intended to enhance and create new facilities that will benefit our campus. When all the construction is completed, Taft College will have a new “Master Plan.”


The following “Measure A” projects have been completed as of June 30, 2013:


· Campus Landscape/courtyard


· Campus Parking maintenance phase 1


· Child Development center phase 2


· Community Technical center (RFE)


· Land Acquisition phase 1&2


· Main plan development


· Maintenance & Operations facility


· Science modernization


· Swing Space phase 1 &2


· Utility Infrastructure Phase 1&2


· Center of Independent Living.


The Citizens Oversight Committee is in charge of overseeing the entire construction project. They “review the budget and construction project performance analysis reports presented by AP Architects.” The committee also takes tours of the ongoing construction to observe the progression of the construction.


The construction on campus has not been troubling of any kind. The campus has truly come a long way since it was first established in August 30, 1922. Believe it or not but our campus is only of few other community colleges to have on-campus housing. Speaking of on-campus housing; the dorms on campus are to go under modernization. That right, Taft College has set aside $1,950,350.00 for dorm modernization.


Students can also look forward to a new Student Union which Taft College has set aside $11,038,319.00 to build it. The new student union will have everything a student desires on campus. Well, everything a student needs on campus. The student union will have one of the most important things on campus to a student; the cafeteria. Students will no longer have to make the decision of staying in the cafeteria to eat, or walking the long journey to the student union to eat and relax in a student filled environment.


Student also won’t have to travel the long journey across the street to the bookstore anymore because it will be located in the student union. The student union will definitely be the place to be on campus.


Taft College is only expanding at this point. It will continue to grow and thrive on good education for the benefit of students.

Taft College’s student-edited, annual literary publication A Sharp Piece of Awesome is still accepting submissions for its fifth issue. Although Taft College students edit and produce the publication, anyone can submit. Please share the flyer below for submissions with any interested students, colleagues, or friends who are writers and would like the chance to see their works in print. In past years, not only have student submissions been chosen for inclusion, but also work by alumni and other writers within our community and beyond, including noted poets Robert Duncan, Julia Bloch, James Meetze, and Garrett Caples. Professors Chris Chung-Wee, Danielle Harris, and Bill Devine have been published in previous issues as well. Copies of issue four, created by last year’s Literary Magazine Club, are still available for sale at the Taft College Bookstore and on The submission deadline is November 30.


Drama Club meeting

Drama Club

By Jessica Guillen
Drama Club is a fun and fantastic activity to enjoy  and really embrace your theatrical side. With Shoshanna Kukuliev as the president and Alexander Victoria as the secretary, there will be many exciting events to come; for example, they hope to put on more powerful and exciting plays. They meet every Wednesday in the Art Gallery at noon so come join today and get involved in the art of acting!

By Lisa Ybarra

Students who are planning to transfer to a CSU next fall are invited to attend CSU application workshops. You can start applying to CSU’s on Wednesday, October, 1. If you need help or have any questions about applying, these workshops will help! The workshops will be held October 2nd and 23rd from 11am-1pm in room T-14. To sign up call the counseling center at 763-7748 or sign up at the front desk in the student services building!

This year’s book, Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario, is the true account of Enrique, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras who makes a perilous journey to the United States in 2000, after eight failed attempts, in order to be re-united with his mother. The 2006 book is based on journalist Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times articles on children migrating to the U.S. atop trains from Central America.

Here at Taft College, we are holding a community symposium exploring ethical issues in Taft and surrounding communities to give students a chance to interact and hear informed and varying opinions, from respected community members, on the many ethical issues discussed in Enrique’s Journey. To accompany the debate, Central American cuisine will be served, which is generously donated by The Foundation.

Please join us on October 14 at 6pm in the Cougar Room for this exciting community discussion. Seating is limited. Copies of Enrique’s Journey are available for purchase at the Taft College Bookstore.

By Lisa Ybarra

Breast Cancer Awareness Week is being held October 6 through October 10. The Taft College volleyball team is selling t-shirts to help spread awareness. Below is a schedule for Breast Cancer Awareness Week and also the t-shirt order form. You can save it to your computer and print it out. Turn in your order form with check or cash into the athletic mail box. Orders must be turned in by 9am on Friday, October 3. The shirts will arrive before Friday, October 10 so that you can wear them to the matches. Admission money from the three home games will be donated to breast cancer research.

By Lisa Ybarra

Taft College students and members of the community are invited to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice Award for the current Best of Spring 2014 art exhibit in the TC art gallery. The works on display were created by students from various art classes. You can pick up and turn in ballots at the TC art gallery Monday through Friday 9am-4pm, room T-11. Voters can cast more than one ballot as long as it is not on the same day.

The winner will be announced at the reception being held for the students on Thursday, October 2 at 4pm in the TC art gallery. The winner will receive a cash prize thanks to a grant from the Taft College Foundation. Everyone is invited, so come show your support!

By Michael Clites

The Taft College library had a bit of a makeover this summer.  Remember the room near the library books that had a bunch of children’s toys and books in it? That was a classroom for Taft College’s child development course that was moved to the northwest corner of the library.  Why did the college decide to move this area? To put in a little more suitable classroom for the Inco classroom.


Another notable change about the library is the new tutoring center located right next to the new Inco classroom. Before, this section was more of a spot where any student could study, get homework done, or simply to just pass time while waiting for another class to begin. But now, this area is used for students who seek tutoring in a course. This area may still be open for the students who used it before, but its main focus is for the students who need help in their studies.


When asked about the changes done to the library and how they could benefit students and staff, current librarian Terri Smith had lot to say. ” The new Inco classroom will be a huge success because it allows the students of the course to be more hands on with the books and have an easier time learning how to properly resource them; as far as the tutoring center goes, I have no idea how it will turn out because it is something that has never been done before.” Smith hopes that the tutoring center draws in more students to the library to “actually get work done and not eat lunch or socialize with friends.”


But these changes most likely will not be the last to hit Taft’s library. Smith says that the library’s new motto is “change, get used to it” because you just never know what can be fixed, renovated, or simply just improved. So if you’re a student who is seeking a place to get tutored, your options are not limited with the Taft College library.

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