Taft College in Taft, California is a public community college that focuses on preparing students for career advancement in their current field or to start an educational journey that will eventually lead to a 4-year college for a bachelor’s degree.
Taft was founded in 1922 originally as Taft Junior College with classes held in Taft High School. The school was founded to accommodate the growing need for advanced education and training for the population of the city of Taft. In 1954, the school’s name changed to Taft College and established their own campus. Taft is a 2-year college that offers associate of arts degrees and associate of science degrees, as well as a variety of certificates. Today, Taft is part of the California Community College system and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Taft is one of the only community colleges in California to have on-campus housing.
Taft enrolls over 5,000 students, most of whom (78%) attend classes on a part-time basis. Taft offers many different clubs, organizations, and events. Clubs include the Literary Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and Psychology Club. Taft’s student life is designed to engage students in extracurricular activities that are important in enriching the intellectual, ethical and social development of the students. Taft also has many sports teams on campus including soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and baseball. Around 52% of the population is over the age of 25, 49% identify as Hispanic or Latino, and 98% of students are from California.
The mission of Taft College is “Taft College is committed to student learning in transfer and career and technical education programs supported by pre-collegiate basic skills and a wide range of student services. All programs and services are focused on the educational needs of a community of learners”. The academics at Taft are divided into four different departments which include applied technology, liberal arts, math/science, and social science. The Associate of Arts transfer program has five different majors whereas the traditional Associate of Arts program has 18 different areas of study for students to select from. The Associate of Science transfer program has one degree and the other Associate of Science program has 16 different areas of study. There are also a variety of certificate options available.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
The entire admission process is available on the school’s website including an online application. Applicants must fill out the application first before proceeding to any other part of the application process. Tuition depends on credit hour and can be calculated via online website or through the admission office. The average estimated cost of tuition and fees for an in-state student is $1,380 and $6,750 for out-of-state. Financial aid is also available for those students who qualify. The goal at the financial aid office is to never deny any student access to education due to unavailable funds. Financial help is attained through many different sources including federal and state loans, scholarships, grants, and institutional loans. Around 36% of students receive some kind of grant or scholarship aid and almost no students take out Federal student loans.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:2,817
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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