Phone: 661-763 7831
Linda West has been teaching computer classes at Taft College for about 25 years. Linda currently teaches all of the Microsoft Office applications courses, an Internet course, and an Introduction to Computer Information Systems course. Linda teaches both online and in the traditional classroom setting courses.
Linda was born in Akron, Ohio. Since Linda’s father was in the Air Force she had the good fortune of growing up in many different places including Ankara, Turkey. Linda currently lives in Taft with her four dogs and two cats. Linda has three adult sons and all are married to women whom they met online. Two sons live in Oklahoma and one son lives in Canada.
Phone: 661-763 7719
Vicki Herder has been employed at Taft College for over ten years. As part of the Applied Technology Division, Vicki serves as the Coordinator of the Cooperative Education Work Experience Program. The Work Experience class provides a great opportunity for students to earn college credits for working. Vicki Herder is also work as the Articulation Officer, where part of her responsibilities is to ensure the transferability of coursework to four year institutions. Vicki teaches Career Exploration for those students who are unsure of a vocational direction, major or simply want to verify their career choice. Vicki has many years of experience as a career counselor in the private and public sectors.
DAVID LAYNE, PH.D.
Phone: 661-763 7931
Dr. David Layne comes to Taft College from Colorado where he worked for nearly 18 years as a corporate controller in a highway paving firm. He was also a partner in a public accounting firm for 12 years. He enjoyed being an adjunct instructor for AIMS Community College for eight years. After doing a mid-career change, Dr. Layne began his full-time teaching career by taking a position in secondary education at the local high school where he taught “at risk” students in a K-12 program for seven years in a small community north of Denver. An opportunity to work as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Dolores Huerta High School, an alternative education school, prompted a move to Pueblo, Colorado. A year later, Colorado Technical University lured him away to teach full-time in the business department and to act as the local campus dean. Two years later, the call from Taft College provided an irresistible offer to make the move to California and to become part of the learning community. Dr. Layne raised a family of five and currently enjoys his seven grandchildren. His interests include mentoring, reading, writing, community service, and making trips to the coast whenever possible.
Kanoe Bandy has been teaching at Taft College since 1987 in the Applied Technologies Division and in the area of Athletics. Because of our small size, we all wear many hats. Kanoe has shifted duties throughout the years. She currently serves as the Athletic Director, Volleyball Coach, and Business Instructor. She also has the opportunity to serve as the Division Chairperson for the Applied Technologies Division.
Kanoe is married to Don Bandy, a fellow Taft College faculty member. They have a son, Stewart who is a senior in high school.
Jane Cuellar is an adjunct instructor with Taft College. Jane graduated Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University Los Angeles in 1979. Jane received her Master of Business Administration from California State University Bakersfield in 2008. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Jane has experience in many areas of accounting and finance including: Internal Audit, Controller, and public accounting. Jane also worked for Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) in Los Angeles Office as Audit Manager for six years. She is a mother of three children