Monday, December 15, 2008

Money On Your Mind?

You are not alone!

If you're like most college students, you have to live on a budget, watch what you spend, and keep an eye on what you owe. Learning practical money skills can help you better manage these financial matters and stay ahead of the game.

Take a look at this money management website Fast Track To Work has made available for our students. Learn about:
creating a budget
protecting your credit
setting up a savings plan
financial aid
applying for jobs
preparing for interviews

Monday, December 8, 2008

Free Holiday Gifts for Your Children!

Your kids are going to love this! Once again Catherine’s book group has chosen us as recipients of their holiday wish for children. This means that there will be a free holiday gift (book) for every FTTW child! Come by the office starting today to pick up a book for each of your children. Please sign the thank you card when you drop by.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Office Closed on Friday, November 21st

Our office will be closed all day on Friday the 21st for a staff meeting. We will return to the office on Monday the 24th at 8:00. You may drop off paperwork in our drop box by the front door.

Fall Newsletter

In an effort to save some money and trees this semester, we emailed a PDF file of our newsletter to our students with email addresses. Students without email addresses received a copy in the mail. You may also view it on our website. Click on "Current Fast Track Newsletter" on the left. Or you may stop by our office and pick up a copy from the front desk.

Free Books

We are giving away the books in the front office bookshelf. Stop by the office and have a look. If you find any you want, you are welcome and encouraged to take them! At the end of the Fall Semester we will be donating what is left over.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Welcome Brianne! FTTW's new counseling intern

Hello everyone! My name is Brianne and I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful staff at Fast Track to Work, to provide individual counseling services to anyone interested. I am currently attending San Jose State University, working on a Masters in Social Work. I will be available this school year, interning Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-5pm. Please feel free to come by and say hello or to make an appointment for some private sessions. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Shelly Skye's Walk

Shelly has returned from her successful hiking trip. Her efforts raised almost $700! Thank you to all of you who made a donation.

Read her hiking journal on her blog to find out how the days went by.

Fall '08 Office Hours

Monday thru Thursday : 8-12 and 1-5 (closed 12-1)

Friday: 8-12 (closed in the afternoon)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Will Walk For Money II

In August Shelly Skye, one of Fast Track To Work's academic counselors, will backpack around Lake Tahoe on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The trail consists of 165 miles of a single track multi-use trail with a change in elevation from 6,300 feet to 10+K. Check her blog for updates from the trail!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Fast Track News: May 2008

Hey Fast Track Students!

Fast Track has new office hours:

Monday: 8-12 and 1-5 (closed 12-1)
Tuesday: 8-12 and 1-5 (closed 12-1)
Wednesday: 8-11 and 1-5 (closed 11-1 for staff meeting) Note the change!
Thursday: 8-12 and 1-5 (closed 12-1)

Friday: 8-12 (closed 12-5)

Fire Assistance: If you have been affected by the Summit Fire, please contact our office. We will put you in touch with the person coordinating the assistance efforts for the Cabrillo community.

Watsonville Office Hours:
Fast Track will no longer be able to hold office hours in Watsonville. You can turn in forms at the Student Resource Center. The SRC staff will send them to Fast Track.
Job development appointments are available in Watsonville by request. Please contact Karen at 477-5626.

You can schedule an appointment with an academic counselor in Watsonville by calling 477-5134. Please have your counselor fax a copy of you education plan to the Fast Track Office.

Fast Track will have a table at Graduation, please stop by and see us so we can congratulate you in person!

Text Book Buy Back will take place during Finals Week at the Bookstore/Hawk Shop: June 2-6.

Summer Books will go on sale June 8. You can come by the Fast Track office starting that week to pick up your book voucher or fill out a book request form. Fast Track will be open regular hours all Summer.

It’s time to register for Fall 2008! Please contact Fast Track if you have any questions or problems registering.

--Fast Track Staff

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rally in Sacramento on Monday!

Join Community College, CSU & UC Students from all over California:

March and Rally in Sacramento, Monday, April 21, 2008
regarding proposed budget cuts to higher education

Students who would like to join in the march and rally concerning the proposed budget cuts to colleges and universities for next year’s state budget are invited to respond to the following:

1) Sign up to ride the bus at the Student Affairs Office, in the SAC East. There are only 50 spaces available. You must sign up by Friday, April 18 at 12:00 noon. Sign up between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday or 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Friday.

2) All bus riders must sign a field trip release form. This will be provided at the time of sign-up.

3) Meet the bus on Monday, April 21 at 6:00 a.m. in parking lot K, next to the gym. We will return by about 5:00 p.m. Don’t be late, we want to arrive in Sacramento in time to join the march to the Capital.

4) *Bring your own sack lunch*. Water and snacks will be provided on the bus.

Other information:

*Car pools*, if we get more than 50 who would like to attend, we will encourage car pooling. A car pool list will be developed in that case.

*Missing class?* - Some instructors might be willing to give students an alternative assignment for that day – ask your instructor.

*Sponsors of this event are*: The Associated Students of Cabrillo College (Student Senate) Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers (CCFT), Cabrillo Classified Employees Union (CCEU), and the Student Affairs Office.

*Questions: Call Gabe at 477-3508 or Sesario at 475-6525

*How did this movement start? *The leadership of the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges (SSCCC), the California State Student Association (CSSA) and the University of California Student Association (UCSA) have come together in a historic coalition called Students for California’s Future (SCF). SCF has planned for major marches/rallies in Sacramento and Los Angeles on Monday, April 21 to demonstrate the concern over the major state budget cuts proposed (over $1 billion) for next year for colleges and universities.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Use Free Software to work on group projects!

On you can use their online spreadsheet, word processor and presentation software - FREE.

Log on to
Go to the top left-hand side links and click on "more"
Go down to "documents."
From there you can select which program you want to use.

Also you can share your document with others to be able to view and or edit the document. It's great for working with a group from class.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Domestic Violence Resources

Defensa de Mujeres: 426-7273

Santa Cruz City Self Defense Class: 420-5250

Women's Crisis Defense Class: 477-4244

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center: 425-5422

Walnut Avenue Women's Center:

Commission For Prevention of Violence Against Women: 420-6298


Women's Crisis Center (Monterey, CA):

Monday, April 7, 2008

Will Walk For Money II

Shelly, an academic counselors at Fast Track and DSPS, will be walking to raise money for the Fast Track program and to raise awareness about proposed budget cuts.

She got blogging today, check it out:

Monday, March 31, 2008

BBQ Pics

Summer Schedule

The Summer Schedule of classes is out!

Housing Resources

A lot of people have been asking me about housing lately and I wanted to make sure I shared this website:

You can search for housing options...along with search the many services available in Santa Cruz county. If you need help, please come in and see us. We have binders of information for you!

Also check out the Cabrillo Student Housing website:

The Community Food Hotline:
The phones are staffed Monday-Friday from 9 am until 5 pm.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

BBQ & Garage Give Away Today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fast Track is 10 years old this year! Come to the patio of the 800 building and celebrate with us! Free food and free stuff from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

We're Back!

The Fast Track Office is open with regular office hours for Winter Session:

Monday 8-5
Tuesday 8-12, 1-5
Wednesday 8-12, 1-5
Thursday 8-12, 1-5
Friday 8-12