Taft College Academics

Taft Junior College was established on August 30, 1922 as part of the Taft Union High School District. Classes were first held on the high school campus. The school title officially became Taft College on July 1, 1954, and in September of 1956 a separate campus opened in the current location at 29 Cougar Court adjacent to the high school. The West Kern Community College District was later formed, and is a single-college-district under the guidance of a five-member Board of Trustees. With strong leadership, Taft College offers a robust academic program for its students, and is one of the finest small colleges around!

As many as 15 aa/as for transfer degrees

Career Technology

CTE provides opportunities to receive training and prepare for careers in a variety of occupational fields including business, energy, safety, and welding.

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Taft College accepts 20 qualified students into its Dental Hygiene program each year. There are minimum requirements applications must meet to be considered for the program.

Dental Hygiene


Welcome to the English Department page! We invite you to review faculty profiles, English major careers, English program requirements, reading/writing/research resources, rubrics and much more.


Business, Arts, & Humanities

The Business, Arts, & Humanities Division consists of classes and programs offered in the areas of arts, humanities, philosophy and foreign languages. Taft College offers an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree in Art History and Studio Arts.

Business, Arts, & Humanities

Math &

Math and Science programs are designed to help prepare students interested in careers in mathematics, health sciences, physical education/kinesiology, engineering, life sciences and physical sciences along with pre-professional programs.

Math & Science

Social &
Behavioral Science

Does psychology, sociology, early childhood education, criminal justice or history interest you? Learn about the transfer degrees available in these disciplines amongst others, and streamline your path to graduation and transfer!

Social & Behavioral Science

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Distance Education

Distance Education provides a quality education for people who lead busy lives and desire to start or continue pursuing their educational goals. Distance Education courses are just like traditional on-campus classes. You take your courses with a group of other students. Your instructors are experienced professionals in their fields. Throughout your courses, you have ongoing, individual and group dialogs with instructors and other students. The difference is there is no classroom to go to. There is no commute. You will never have conflicts with family obligations, business travel, or vacations. There is no chance of arriving late or missing class because of illness or lack or childcare. Learn more…

Distance Education


Welcome to Taft College HEPP- Explore the Hutchison Engineering Promise Program (HEPP). Great opportunity for engineering students.


HEPP Homepage


Taft College offers a world renown Transition to Independent Living Program for students with developmental/intellectual disabilities. The program provides a post-secondary experience for students on a community college campus.

TIL Homepage


Westside Energy Services Training and Education Center offers short and long-term training programs in a wide variety of subject areas. WESTEC partners with local community colleges to fund programs and provide students college credit upon completion of classes.

WESTEC Homepage

Student Support

Student support and academics go hand in hand! Along with good, strong academic programs, it’s imperative for students to have quality support services to assist with their educational success. Learn about the many programs Taft College offers to support students.

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