The Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) is a post-secondary educational experience for adults having developmental disabilities. The program provides instruction, training, and support on a community college campus. The program is comprehensive, with curriculum and training that promotes acquisition of the functional, social, and career skills necessary for students to live a productive and normalized lifestyle.
The program occupies 28 dorms in the Seventh Street residence hall, (one of two residence halls on the Taft Community College campus), a 2 bedroom apartment on campus and several- one to four bedroom homes in the community.
TIL began in August 1995, with funding from Kern Regional Center. The college serves as the sponsoring agency. TC has offered programs and special classes serving individuals with developmental disabilities since 1976. Staff for the TIL program include administrative, certificated and classified staff. The program maintains a staff ratio of 3:1.
Instructional hours are from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend Support Staff are present from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The program is staffed seven days a week.
Students are responsible for paying a dorm rental fee which includes meals served in the Taft College cafeteria and all utilities except telephone. Each dorm room is supplied with a single bed, 2 dressers, storage area, and a desk. Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms for comfort and style.
Upon admission to the TIL Program, the student moves into a residence hall and begins instruction. The students participate in the program an average of 22 months. The program runs from August 1 through June 30.
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
Intake phone number: 661-763-7773