About Taft College
Taft College is a two-year community and technical college located in the small city of Taft in southern California. Oil is the leading industry in the area because the city is situated within a major petroleum and natural gas production region. The city hosts an annual event to celebrate its oil connections called Oildorado. The event includes several oilfield-type skill contests such as welding, pipe threading and fitting, rod wrenching, and various skill tests with a backhoe. Additionally, there is a beauty pageant where an Oildorado Queen is selected, a beard growing contest, talent shows, barbecues, street fairs, and parades. Taft is sometimes considered a suburb of the city of Bakersfield.
Taft Junior College was established in 1922 as part of the Taft Union High School District. Classes were held on the high school campus. The school name changed to Taft College in 1954, and in 1956 a separate campus opened adjacent to the high school. Taft College is a member of the West Kern Community College District, and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The campus features a technical arts facility, a sports center, a children's center, and the Patricia S. Brown Art Gallery. The college offers small class sizes, a textbook rental program, and free tutoring for all students.
Taft College offers a one-year certificate of proficiency in graphic design. The program is designed to prepare students for a career in graphic design by developing knowledge and experience in using traditional media and computers in the graphic design field. Required courses include a world art history survey, basic design, drawing and composition, life drawing, painting, introduction to computer art, graphic design, computer imaging in Photoshop, a computers course in Microsoft Word, an internship, and electives courses. Electives must be chosen from a specific restricted list including advanced design, composition and reading, an introduction to film studies, or a second internship.
Taft College offers several scholarship opportunities to incoming students. Available scholarships include the TC Scholarship, merit scholarships, the Addington Partnership Scholarship, the Chevron Scholarship, the Clarence Berry Memorial Scholarship, and the Oxy Scholarship. Students simply complete the incoming student scholarship application, available from Taft's financial aid office or online, to be considered for all scholarships. The financial aid office also provides information and assistance to students applying for financial aid of all kinds, including scholarships, grants, work study, enrollment fee waivers, and student loans.