Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Free ATM Access for EBT Cards

The California Reinvestment Coalition joined California community groups and social service providers last week to announce that Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo will now provide free ATM access to low-income families who receive safety net benefits via state-issued electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards in California. The three banks join dozens of smaller banks and credit unions that provide ATM access without surcharges in California. Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase have also committed to providing free ATM access to EBT card users nationwide, joining Citibank as the only top national banks to waive the fees across the country.  

(The full list of banks that waive the fees in California, those which do not, and how much they charge, is available here:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

5 Ways to make a bad day better...

1. Stay productive.

A bad day might make you want to curl up in a ball and call it quits, but then you’ll just be harping on all the negative parts of your day. Instead, try to knock a few things off your to-do list and stay productive—even if just for a little bit. Adding a sense of accomplishment to your day can take away some of the negativity from your “down” moments.

2. Channel your frustration somewhere positive.

Some people swear by going for a good run after a bad day, and others prefer to cozy up with a journal and write it all out. Find an activity where you can channel all this stress rather than bottling it up. It’s a great release!

3. Call it a night early.

Sometimes the most comforting thought during a bad day is, “There’s always tomorrow.” Don’t feel guilty if you need to cancel some plans and call it a night early when you’re really just not feeling it. Heading to bed and making sure you’re recharged for a fresh start tomorrow might be just what you need.

4. Find something to make you laugh.

If you’re looking for an instant pick-me-up, you can’t go wrong with some laughter. From browsing funny YouTube videos and scrolling through the freshest memes to just laying back and turning on your favorite comedy show or movie, you definitely won’t be frowning for long.

5. Take a moment to yourself.

When it seems like one thing after another keeps going wrong, it’s easy to build up adrenaline that can make you more likely to do or say things you might regret. You don’t want to risk making your bad day even worse, do you? If you start feeling these emotions building up, take some time to yourself and decompress before continuing your day.

Resources for the Essentials...

We now have the Cabrillo Fresh Market on campus! Second Harvest Food Bank will be delivering free fresh produce on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in the upper quad starting at 11:30am. Our next dates will be February 13th and 27th. 
Seahawks Basic Necessities Spot is open in the Student Senate Office room 902F; items available include food pantry, toiletry items, and school supplies. You will be able to stop by one of our Resource Spots for a grab and go snack, hygiene kit, or more information on essential life resources (food, housing, and campus); there is no need to check in or sign in to utilize these services! Our locations will be at the CTC in Aptos and at the ILC in Watsonville. Resources are now available!!
Showers available to our students in Aptos and in Watsonville.
· Aptos—Gymnasiums Building 1100 8am - 6pm With occasional closure due to sporting events
· Watsonville—Building C when needed—request access at the Student Resource Center (SRC)

Got Financial Aid???

New Process Coming: Submit All Missing Documentation by 2/14/19!
Cabrillo’s Financial Aid Office is introducing a new mobile process that makes everything about financial aid easier! To make the transition smoother for you, it would be best to turn in all missing documentation before we introduce the new process.
If you are not able to supply the required documentation, you will receive an additional email notifying you on how to complete your financial aid requirements through the new Student Verification process. This may require you to re-submit documentation and forms you have already completed.
If you need to know about any outstanding documents, please check your ‘My Documents’ link under the Financial Aid section in WebAdvisor, contact us via email at, or visit our front counter in the Welcome Center (SAC East building).

Free Tax Preparation Assistance!

Cabrillo Fresh Market is back for Spring Semester!

We distributed nearly 5 tons of fresh produce during our launch semester in the Fall. Working with our local food bank, Second Harvest, the Student Services division is launching this event 1-2 times per month to assist anyone who would like to access it. Come fill a reusable bag with FRESH PRODUCE FOR FREE! Students may start at 11:30, and staff and faculty may join in at 12:30.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dropping Courses?

Saturday, February 9th is the deadline to drop a full-term course with a refund.

Sunday, February 10th is the deadline to drop a full-term course without a "W" on your transcript. A "W" counts as taking the course.

Saturday drops: Refund, no W.
Sunday drops: No refund, no W.
After Sunday: No refund, W (Withdraw) on transcript. Counts as 1 "take."

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Spring 2019 Services Available at SRSN!

SRSN is happy to provide the following services this semester in our office downstairs in SAC West.

County Benefit Representative is here on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30. They can assist with questions about applying for CalFresh or help with other county benefit items available from the County.

2nd Harvest Food Bank representative is here on Thursdays from 11:00 to 2:00 to help with the CalFresh application and any questions you may have. They usually bring FREE FOOD!

Free Tax Preparation Assistance February 4 through April 11, 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Tuesdays in Watsonville Center and Thursdays in our lobby.

WIOA ES staff is available for on-campus appointments. They can assist with any WIOA funding questions for current or prospective students.

CalWORKs staff is available most days of the week for assistance with CalWORKs related questions for current CalWORKs students.

Financial Coaching is available by appointment.

Diaper Closet Supply

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Get free assistance with your taxes!

February 4 through April 11
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Tuesdays, Watsonville Center 
Thursdays, in our lobby
First come, first serve.

What to bring:
  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards or ITIN for each person on your tax return
  • W-2, 1099, 1098 forms for all jobs held in 2018
  • Child care costs for 2018 & provider info
  • A voided check for direct deposit (optional)
  • Copy of 2017 tax form (not required, but helpful)

CalWORKs Hourly Activity Records

Turn in your HAR by the due date and
be entered into a drawing for a gift card!

January reports due February 5th
February reports due March 5th

January 2019 - Excel 
January 2019 - PDF
February 2019 - Excel
February 2019 - PDF

Print out the PDF and fill in by hand or open the Excel file and type in your hours. The formulas in the Excel file will add up your hours for you. You may also pick up copies in our office.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Borrow-a-Book Program

The Borrow-a-Book program, which is funded by the ASCC Student Senate, provides textbook support for eligible students in the form of a $75.00 book voucher. The recipients of these vouchers are chosen at random through a lottery process. Student who receive books from programs on campus, like SRSN and EOPS are not eligible. However, you can tell your friends!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Grief Workshop

Grief is the recognition of loss, which can come in many forms. 

This workshop will assist you in developing skills for dealing with loss and grief to regain your passion for life and expand your joy.

Thursday January 17th, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Room 913, Cabrillo College

Scholarship Workshop

January 16th, 2019 @ noon
Aptos Campus, room #913

Come and learn how to write a personal statement for scholarship applications in a fast, easy way.   We are going to be focusing on the Cabrillo General Scholarship.

This workshop will count for CW hours and EOPS/CARE requirements.

HIGH WIND ADVISORY -- Jan 16, 2019

In the event of a sustained power outage the campus could be closed. An E2 campus alert will be released notifying the college of a closure.  You can sign up for E2 Campus Alerts by texting the word CABRILLO to 79516.

Please keep your phones charged, warm jackets and winter gear at hand.

Traffic, which is typically a headache in our region, may be an absolute nightmare during a severe weather event. Have a travel plan in place, communicate your plan with friends/family and consider gassing up your vehicle locally before departing.

Friday, January 11, 2019

CalWORKs Hourly Activity Records

The Study Time section has been changed.
Stop by the office if you'd like some help.

Turn in your HAR by the due date and be entered into a drawing for a gift card!
December reports due January 7th
January reports due February 5th

December 2018 - Excel 
December 2018 - PDF
January 2019 - Excel 
January 2019 - PDF

Print out the PDF and fill in by hand or open the Excel file and type in your hours. The formulas in the Excel file will add up your hours for you. You may also pick up copies in our office.