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STUDENTS: If you need assistance with Canvas (for example, to login, reset your password, etc.) or for other issues regarding your online course, please call our Distance Education Support at 661-763-7917. You can also email us at DESupport@taftcollege.edu

Our available office hours are:

  • Fall and Spring: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30.
  • Summer: Monday-Thursday, 7:00-5:00.

To serve you better, please call us before you come to our office.

FACULTY: If you’re experiencing technical difficulties with Canvas, it’s possible that their company (Instructure) is working on those issues. Their status website has information on known issues they’re working on.

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Distance Education

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Here are our top resources during this time for both Faculty and Students:

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Welcome Students, you will notice:

Check out our Virtual Canvas Orientation to get familiar with Canvas before your classes open.

If you need support with anything Distance Education, please feel free to reach out.

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Distance Education (DE) Office information:

Distance Education Office Hours of Operation and Contact Information for Anyone Needing Assistance

Below are the ways students, staff, and faculty can contact The Distance Education Office:

DE Support Email:     DESupport@TaftCollege.edu

DE Support Phone:    661-763-7917

When you leave a message on our phone line, please include your

  • First and Last Name
  • Student A#
  • Phone # to call you back
  • Details of the issues you’re experiencing

Please speak slowly and clearly when you leave a message. 


Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm

If you need immediate assistance regarding Canvas issues, especially after office hours and on weekends, please call our Canvas Support Phone line: 1-866-551-4903

They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


We have lots of information on our DE website that could help you including our DE Toolboxes – Check them out at the top of the page.

Some of these resources may have different phone numbers.  Please call 661-763-7917 directly if you have questions.

Welcome to Distance Education

Distance Learning provides a quality education for people who lead busy lives and desire to start or continue pursuing their educational goals. Distance Learning 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 a class because of illness or lack of childcare.

Our distance learning courses are the same university-transferable, community college courses taught on-site at Taft College. Students who are local to the area may choose to take them in-person at our campus. However, if you are located elsewhere or wish to learn at home, you are able to participate as a fully enrolled student via this distance learning program.

Enrollment is limited to the same number of students as on-site courses, usually 35 students, depending on the course. Each is available on a first come-first serve basis. Matriculated students get priority registration.

Taft College offers two types of Distance Learning courses: Distance Learning Offline and Distance Learning Online. Each is designed to facilitate your learning experience with the special advantages that Distance Learning offers:

  • More individualized instruction
  • Fitting college into your busy schedule
  • Easy access to your instructors through e-mail and voice mail
  • A multimedia approach to learning

Online learning is not for everyone, however. We’ve found successful online learners tend to be self-motivated and self-disciplined. They enjoy the challenge of learning on their own and take charge of their own learning. The following questionnaire might help you determine your readiness for distance learning: Self-Assessment Questionnaire. This questionnaire will help give you an idea whether or not you have the personality traits, learning aptitude, technical knowledge, hardware and software, and study skills for online learning.

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