Taft College Transition to Independent Living Program to hold Casino Night fundraiser


COLLEGE TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM AND FRANK OZAETA, A GRADUATE FROM THE PROGRAM. THEY ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT CASABLANCA CASINO NIGHT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT CASINO NIGHT? ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019, THE TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM WILL BE BRINGING BACK CASINO NIGHT, AN EVENT LAST HELD IN 2012. THE THEME THIS YEAR IS BASED ON THE MOVIE CASABLANCA, WHICH WAS SET IN MOROCCO AND FEATURED A CASINO OWNED BY THE MAIN CHARACTER, RICK. WHAT IS THE PROGRAM? THE TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM AT TAFT COLLEGE IS A POST- SECONDARY EXPERIENCE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES INSTRUCTION IN A RESIDENTIAL SETTING BOTH ON CAMPUS AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THE CURRICULUM AND TRAINING PROMOTE THE ACQUISITION OF FUNCTIONAL, SOCIAL, AND CAREER SKILLS NECESSARY FOR STUDENTS TO LIVE PRODUCTIVE LIVES. SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1995, THE TIL PROGRAM HAS TRACKED ITS GRADUATES FOR A 10-YEAR PERIOD, AFTER THEIR GRADUATION. THIS HAS RESULTED IN STRONG QUANTIFIABLE DATA TO STATISTICALLY DEMONSTRATE THE PROGRAM’S SUCCESS, WHICH INCLUDES A 68% OF GRADUATES LIVING INDEPENDENTLY AND 82% GAINFULLY EMPLOYED. IF ANYONE IS WORRIED ABOUT TRANSPORTATIO N, YOU HAVE ARRANGEMENTS ? DOORS OPEN AT 5:30PM, WITH DINNER AT 6:00PM. A BUS WILL BRING PARTICIPANTS FROM BAKERSFIELD TO TAFT. WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING AT THE ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE A CATERED BUFFET BY THE COUGAR CAF; LIBATIONS, BLACK JACK, POKER, SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS, AND MUSIC. SENATOR SHANNON GROVE WILL SERVE AS CELEBRITY AUCTIONEER FOR THE LIVE AUCTION. HOW CAN PEOPLE GET TICKETS? INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ARE $75, WITH SPONSORSHIPS OF $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, AND

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