Transition to Independent Living

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About Taft

Taft College is a single-campus district in Kern County. The city of Taft is located in the foothills at the southern edge of the San Joaquin Valley just 35 minutes west of Bakersfield, 2 hours north of Los Angeles and 2 hours from California’s beautiful central coast.  The Taft area is home to about 18,000 residents.  Cultural and recreational opportunities include:

West Kern Oil Museum

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Tule Elk State Reserve

Buena Vista Aquatic area

Many annual events such as car shows & golf tournaments

Oildorado celebrations every 5 years

The city of Taft has a colorful beginning.  Legend has it that the Tilimniu Native American tribe used a substance they had to waterproof their boats and implements.   This is what we now call petroleum.  The first recorded oil strike was in 1901 and is now known as the Midway Sunset Oilfield and is the largest in the lower 48 and is the backbone to our community.  We are home to most of the major oil producers in the world.

A Day in the Life of a Transition to Independent Living Student.

Mission Statement
The Transition to Independent Living Program endeavors to provide an environment with:

  • Enriching collegiate experiences
  • Interactive and inclusive environments
  • Learning outcomes transferable to lifelong productivity
  • Career education resulting in gainful employment
  • Self-determination and knowledge of individual strengths
  • Empowerment through education