Transition to Independent Living

Taft College’s, Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program is a postsecondary experience for adults with developmental disabilities emphasizing learning independent living skills. It offers a 2-year certificate program in Independent Living. The program stresses the importance of teaching people to accept responsibility for decisions and choices they make. The goal of the program is to offer educational opportunities in vocational training, independent living skills, basic academics, and planning social leisure activities.Students attending the program live in residence halls on the Taft Community College campus and a 4-bedroom house in the community. TIL provides students with:

Enriching collegiate experiences;

  • Interactive and inclusive environments;
  • Learning activities that will transfer to lifelong independent living skills;
  • Job skills necessary for gainful employment;
  • Self respect and knowledge of individual strengths;
  • Empowerment through education.

Housing: TIL students live in on-campus dormitory rooms and other off-campus housing.

Duration: The Certificate of Completion is a 22 Month course of study.



The program serves individuals eighteen (18) years of age and older. The applicant must meet Regional Center criteria for services and have completed the process to do so. The applicant must be able to function without attendant care. Review of assessments and/or information regarding the applicant

Program Content

Credit, Degree or Award: Certificate, Credit courses, Non-credit courses

Course Types: Independent living skills

Volunteer opportunities, Internships & Employment: Paid work, Off Campus employment, On Campus employment


Please inquire with program staff for detailed information regarding associated costs and fees (i.e. Tuition, Application, Books, and Miscellaneous).

Tuition Fees:: Yes


$29,000 Annual tuition costs; $650 monthly housing costs. Books fees vary


The Taft College program is funded by California Regional Centers.

Program Transition

Transition services for Students exiting the program:

The TIL staff assists graduated students in transitioning into an independent living situation in their home community.

Course Type
Independent living skills
Credit, Degree or Award
Certificate Credit courses Non-credit courses

Contact person: 
Jeff Ross

Contact email: 

(661) 763-7776

Taft College
29 Emmons Park Drive
Taft, CA , CA 93268-2317 ,