Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Schedule

The entire Cabrillo campus will be closed for the holidays starting December 23 through January 2. We will reopen on January 3, 2011.

Enjoy your break everyone!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Spring 2011 Semester Fees

If you are planning on taking Spring 2011 classes and you have not yet registered, do so ASAP to make sure you get the classes you need! Fees for your classes will be added to your account as soon as you register.

If you have already registered and did not select a parking permit or bus pass, please do so as soon as possible. In WebAdvisor, under the Registration section, click on "Optional: Parking Permit, Bus Pass, Childcare Fund." Select a parking permit or bus pass and click Submit.

WIA Students: After you have registered, please let us know so that we may write a voucher to cover your fees.

CalWORKs students: After you have registered, let your ETS at the County know what your class schedule is and the balance due.

Fall 2010 Grades

Fall grades should be available in WebAdvisor by December 21.

Friday, December 10, 2010

New WIA Galli Uniform Purchases Process

We have a voucher system in place for WIA students to purchase required items at Galli Uniform Company. You must follow the process below and NOT purchase items with personal funds.

Remember you must be enrolled in the class, not on the wait list, before you can get supplies. And you must have enough funds in your WIA account to cover the costs.

Bring to the Fast Track To Work office:
  1. a list of requested items 
  2. current class schedule printout from WebAdvisor
  3. copy of your syllabus showing the required items
You may use the computers in our office to print/copy these items. We will verify you are eligible for the items and you may pick up your approved voucher 3 days after you dropped it off. We will be processing these vouchers in a timely manner and appreciate your patience. We will notify you when the voucher is ready.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Registration for Spring 2011 Classes

Continuing students should be registering for Spring 2011 classes this week

Log into WebAdvisor to look up your classes.
Click on "Students Click Here"
Under "Registration", click on "Register for Sections"

If you do not know the class section number, click on "Search and Register"
     choose Spring 2011 for "Term", then look up your classes. You do not need to fill in all the fields.
     once you find the classes you want, click on "Submit"
     the classes will be added to your Preferred Sections
If you do know the class section number, click on "Express Register"
    enter the section numbers for all your classes and click "Submit"
    the classes will be added to your Preferred Sections

These classes will sit in your account and be there for you when your date and time slot for registering arrives.

To Register for the classes
     log into WebAdvisor a few minutes before your time slot
     select "Register" for the "Action for ALL Pref. Sections"
     Click on "SUBMIT" at the bottom of the page to complete the registration process!

If you have problems or questions, stop by the office so we can help you now!
Do not wait until your registration time slot has passed.

No Books for Spring 2011...

Make sure your current education plan matches your Spring 2011 regstration. If it does not, you must make an appointment with our academic counselor to update your plan. You will not receive Spring books if you are not following your approved education plan.

Holiday Schedule

Cabrillo College and Fast Track To Work will be closed from December 23 through January 2. We will reopen on January 3rd.

Holiday Open House

Thanks to all of you who stopped by for our Open House on Monday!

A special thanks to the generosity of Catherine's Book Club for donating the books for our students and their families! If you picked up a book and didn't sign the thank you card, please stop by the office to do so.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Open House Today!

Remember to stop by our office today!
  • Food, Cider and Holiday Treats!
  • Free Books for Students and their Children, generously donated by Catherine's book club! 
  • Children welcome!
  • Food, laughter and fun guaranteed!
Reception with some yummy food from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Your Perfect Job...

...will match your interests, skills, and values.
But many of us don't even know what our interests, skills and values ARE!
Why not discover which job or career path is BEST for you?

In this 2-day Reskilling/Self Assessment Workshop, you will...
  • Assess your values, interests and skills using proven tools
  • Be introduced to resources to help with your job search
  • Create a powerful career profile and training plan that will help you find the RIGHT job
When: 2 Fridays: December 10 & 17, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Plan to attend both days
Who: You must be unemployed and approved for attendance by an Employment Specialist.
How: Register with the Career Center or Fast Track To Work staff
Where: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, Room 506. Daily parking permits can be purchased for $2.00 in any student parking lot.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

First Come, First Served - CalWORKs Work Study

If you are interested in CalWORKs Work Study, please stop by the office to pick up an application and make an appointment to meet with Alicia. Work Study funds are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis.

New WIA Funding Update

Fast Track To Work is not currently accepting any new WIA students at this time. If you are interested in seeking help through the WIA program, you may contact the County Career Center in Watsonville.

Workforce Santa Cruz County Career Center
18 W. Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 763-8700

WIA Transportation Reimbursement Forms

When you submit your Fall semester transportation reimbursement form at the end of the semester, please also submit a current copy of your schedule. We will be checking the dates on your schedule with the transportation form.

Remember, you must turn in your form AFTER your last class, but by January 7th, 2011. Make sure your form is completely filled in so your reimbursement check is not delayed!

The form can be found at the bottom of  WIA page of our website.

CalWorks Monthly Activities Records

Wow! It's the beginning of December and the semester is almost over so hang in there!

Thanks to all of you who have already turned in your November Hourly Activity Records! Great Job!

Here's a link to the CalWORKs page on our website. Scroll down to the bottom for the monthly forms. You can print them out at home or stop by the office to pick one up.

Nurse Care Manager Opening

Health Projects Center in Santa Cruz has a  part time Nurse Care Manager job opening.

For more information:
Job Information
Health Projects Center

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Second Harvest Food Bank

Food Drives & Events
Second Harvest is known in this community for hosting events that are fun AND serve the greater good. The events are all different; some are casual and educational, while others are Santa Cruz events of the season! All serve the same purpose-to advance the mission of Second Harvest in alleviating hunger in our community. Events Calendar

Need Food?
The Community Food Hotline provides information and support to people who need food. Call them at the Community Food Hotline for information and referrals at (831) 662-0991

¿Necesita Comida? ¡Nosotros podemos ayudar! En Español

Walnut Avenue Women's Center Expands Services

In the new state budget, the governor restored 20.4 million dollars in funding for domestic violence services, about 80% of the funds that had been redlined in 2009! The funds will be distributed to the 94 DV agencies in the state. This means that the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center is open again on Wednesdays.

Walk-in hours for domestic violence services are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00pm. Participants can also make an appointment to meet with an advocate by calling our business office at 426-3062.

Domestic Violence Services offered are: One-on-One Peer Advocacy; Legal Advocacy; Support Groups; Career Advancement Workshops; Emergency Interim Shelter; Clinical Counseling; Community Education; Internships and a  24 Hour Bilingual Crisis Hotline 1-866-2MY-ALLY (1-866-269-2559).

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Public Safety Career Information

If you are interested in a career in Public Safety, take a look at this Public Safety Information website. It is a centralized web resource for anyone who is looking for answers about not only the criminal justice field, but also about the academic programs that may be located in your own county or city that can help you with the academic preparation for either the hiring process or academy preparation.

We hope to help you reach your goals by demystifying the community college course requirements for either certificates of degrees that will help you in the hiring process for careers within the public safety profession.

http://publicsafetyinfo.org/

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cabrillo Access Card for Financial Aid & Refunds

Beginning in January 2011, Cabrillo will be issuing a new way for students to receive financial aid disbursements and/or refunds, the Cabrillo Access Card from Higher One. Cabrillo College has partnered with Higher One, Inc., a financial services company focused solely on higher education, to bring this new method of refund and financial aid disbursements to campus.

The new Cabrillo Access Card program will provide Cabrillo’s students with increased choices when it comes to receiving their financial aid or school refunds, including the preferred "Easy Refund" method—the fastest and easiest way for students to gain access to their refund money - literally the same day Cabrillo releases it.  

The new Cabrillo Access Card will be mailed to each student’s current address on file with Cabrillo. Therefore, it is critical that all students verify their mailing address by visiting WebAdvisor as soon as possible.  

Sign up today at Cabrillo Access Card!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fingerprinting for Classes

If you are taking a class that requires fingerprints, the campus sheriff office requests that you wait until after you are registered for the class to have your prints taken. It costs the college $100 for each student. If the student is not registered in the class, Cabrillo cannot recoup the money.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Spring 2011 Classes In WebAdvisor

Spring 2011 classes are now visible in WebAdvisor. Get everything ready for your registration date/time slot.

Log into WebAdvisor to look up your classes.
Click on "Students Click Here"
Under "Registration", click on "Register for Sections"

If you do not know the class section number, click on "Search and Register"
     choose Spring 2011 for "Term", then look up your classes. You do not need to fill in all the fields.
     once you find the classes you want, click on "Submit"
     the classes will be added to your Preferred Sections
If you do know the class section number, click on "Express Register"
    enter the section numbers for all your classes and click "Submit"
    the classes will be added to your Preferred Sections

These classes will sit in your account and be there for you when your date and time slot for registering arrives.

To Register for the classes
     log into WebAdvisor a few minutes before your time slot
     select "Register" for the "Action for ALL Pref. Sections"
     Click on "SUBMIT" at the bottom of the page to complete the registration process!

If you have problems or questions, stop by the office so we can help you now!
Do not wait until your registration time slot has passed.
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Attending Classes at Watsonville Campus?

Construction has begun on the Green Technology Center beside the Watsonville Center, and the normal access (Trafton St.) to the parking lot behind the Center is closed.

To get to the Center parking lot, there is a one-way road from Maple St. (which runs parallel to Trafton) across the back of the construction site, or there is also access through Trafton St. at Marchant (which runs parallel to Union St.).

Please see map for a visual and for parking information. After 5 pm, the time limits on street parking around the Center allow for unlimited time. All cars with Cabrillo parking permits may use the parking garages for unlimited time.

Are Your Fees Paid?

Before your registration time slot, log into WebAdvisor and click on Make A Payment to make sure you do not have a balance due. Any prior balance due will prevent you from registering for Spring 2011 classes.

If you have a balance due, contact our office now!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday Open House - December 6th

'Tis the Season to Celebrate...You!

Your hard work is appreciated and we would like to acknowledge all your efforts at this festive holiday gathering.
  • Food, Cider and Holiday Treats!
  • Free Books for Students and their Children, generously donated by Catherine's book club! 
  • Children welcome!
  • Food, laughter and fun guaranteed!
Students: If you can't come to the Open House on the 6th, be sure to stop by another time to pick up your books! Bring your children with you if you can!

When:  December 6, 2010 
            Drop In All Day 
            Reception with some yummy food from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

Where: Fast Track To Work office 
            Building 800, Room 802 
            Cabrillo College 
            6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Kaleidoscope Holiday Sale

Kaleidoscope Toy Store in Capitola is having a great sale this coming weekend.

20% off Playmobil and Thomas & Friends
Special Prices on Selected Items Throughout the Store

For a flyer, click on "Holiday Toy Sale" in the bottom right corner of their website.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner for All

Cabrillo Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends are invited to the annual ASCC Student Senate sponsored Thanksgiving Dinner. In support of the Second Harvest Food Bank, everyone is invited to donate canned or dry goods at the door. Cash donations of any amount are also accepted and much appreciated.  Please join us at one of the following:

Monday, November 22
Watsonville Center
4330 - Multi-Purpose Room
5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 23
Aptos Campus
Cafeteria
5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

For more information on this event call:

Katie Hoffman, Student Senator, Chair of Thanksgiving Dinner Event ((831) 840-9733
Flor Chacón, Student Activities Coordinator, Ext. 3508
Sesario Escoto, Dean of Student Services, Ext. 6525

Monday, November 15, 2010

Your Ed Plan and the Spring 2011 Schedule

If you will be attending Cabrillo in the spring, check your current education plan against the online schedule to make sure all the classes you are supposed to take are actually being offered. If there is a class on your ed plan that is not being offered, you should come in to see our counselor to discuss what to take instead. This should be done before your registration date/time slot so you are prepared in WebAdvisor.

Free Eye and Vision Exams for Babies

Assessments for your child at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure a baby has healthy vision for successful development-now and in the future.

For information about free eye and vision exam for babies 6-12 months old, see this article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Click here for information about the InfantSEE program
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Travel Writing Contest for Cabrillo College Students

The Bay Area Travel Writers (BATW), established in 1984 in San Francisco, a not-for-profit professional organization of travel writers and photographers, announces its fifth biennial travel-writing contest. The contest is open to the first 150 entries from community college students (who are enrolled in English and Journalism classes) as well as 11th and 12th grade high school students. No entry fee is required.

3 Prizes will be awarded: $200 First Prize, $100 Second Prize, $50 Third Prize

For more information, visit the Bay Area Travel Writers website.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Career Technical Education Website

Santa Cruz County’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Community Collaborative has a new website. Whether you’re a student, parent, educator, counselor, or employer, you can find information about local education options and careers that are here to stay.

www.santacruzcte.org

CalWORKs Work Study

We still do not have our CalWORKs Work Study budget for this fiscal year. Please keep checking the blog for updates.

Need A Job?

On and Off Campus Student Jobs are all on-line! To use the Cabrillo Student Job Board to look at on and off campus student jobs you must either be:
  • currently registered in 3 or more units
  • be a Cabrillo Graduate or provide proof of transfer after completion of 30 units at Cabrillo.
Register to use the Job Board here.
Questions? Contact Student Employment 

WIA Student Transportation Reimbursements Deadline

The WIA Participant Training Transportation Reimbursement form for Fall 2010 semester can be turned in to the Fast Track office after your LAST day of class for the semester. They will be accepted until January 7th, 2011. Make sure your form is completely filled in so your reimbursement check is not delayed!

The form can be found on the WIA page of our website.

Registering for Spring 2011 Classes

The schedule of classes for Spring 2011 is now online. Continuing students will soon be getting a post card in the mail from Cabrillo College. Do not throw it away! It will have the DATE and TIME that YOU are able to register for Spring 2011 classes.

EOPS/DSPS/Veteran Students begin registering on November 29
Continuing Students begin registering on December 6
New Students begin registering on December 14
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Is Your Education Plan Current?

Does your current schedule match the education plan we have on file for you? Don't know what classes you need to take in the Spring? Give us a call and schedule an appointment with our academic counselor to get your ed plan updated! 479-6344.

Did You Drop A Class?

If you received a voucher to purchase a book for a class you have since dropped, you MUST return the book to the Fast Track To Work office. Please do so ASAP.

Annual Fund Clerk Job Opening

The Cabrillo College Foundation has an opening for an Annual Fund Clerk to provide general office support for the foundation. This includes processing pledges, acknowledging pledges, creating/editing database records, sending reminders, and entering Annual Fund gifts received. Also assists with other aspects of the development effort as needed.

$12.18/hour
19 hours/week, non-benefited position
 
See santacruzjobs.com website for details

Accelerated Learning Techniques

This interactive workshop will introduce students to accelerated learning techniques. These simple yet powerful techniques allow you to learn new information quickly and easily and to retain that information better than ever before. Learn how to unlock the genius within you!

Thursday, November 18
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cabrillo College, Room 508
Admission is FREE

Dr. Joe McCullough is the Physics Program Chair at Cabrillo College where he has been teaching for the last ten years. He is also a certified trainer and a facilitator for SuperCamp.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spring 2011 Schedule Is Online Now

The PDF for the Spring 2011 semester is now on the Cabrillo website. You may download the file and look at on a computer. Scroll down to "Schedule of Classes" and click on Spring 2011 Schedule Preview.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Local Contact for EDD

If you have questions for EDD, you can either email them through Ask EDD on their website or call the Capitola office at 831-464-6286.

Your Perfect Job...

...will match your interests, skills, and values.
But many of us don't even know what our interests, skills and values ARE!
Why not discover which job or career path is BEST for you?

In this 2-day Reskilling/Self Assessment Workshop, you will...
  • Assess your values, interests and skills using proven tools
  • Be introduced to resources to help with your job search
  • Create a powerful career profile and training plan that will help you find the RIGHT job
When: 2 Fridays: November 12 and 19, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Plan to attend both days
Who: You must be unemployed and approved for attendance by an Employment Specialist.
How: Register with the Career Center or Fast Track To Work staff
Where: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, Room 506. Daily parking permits can be purchased for $2.00 in any student parking lot.

NOTE: The Cabrillo Campus is closed on 11/12, however, this class will still be taking place in room 506.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay-Scholarship Contest

Essay Criteria: Each applicant must produce a clear and organized essay of 5-8 pages. The essay must illustrate how Dr. King’s philosophy, as stated above, helped to shape you as a person and the ways you have incorporated Dr. King’s ideals in your daily life, educational goals, and future aspirations. You may want to discuss difficult circumstances that have impacted your ability to pursue a post-secondary education and how you overcame such obstacles. The committee is also interested in any experiences that have motivated you to work on behalf of human rights as well as your efforts in this area.

Cabrillo students of color who submit an application and essay for the MLK Scholarship will also be eligible for the $500 Tony Hill Memorial Scholarship.

Scholarship Amounts to be Awarded: Students with the top scoring essays will be awarded a scholarship between $100 and $500 for the MLK Jr. Scholarship. The Tony Hill Memorial Scholarship recipient will be awarded $500.

Deadline: Your application and essay must be received by Friday, December 17, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Affairs Office, Room SAC 216 or the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center, Student Resource Center Room 4320

Friday, November 5, 2010

Galli Uniform Voucher Process for WIA Students

We are changing the voucher process for purchasing items from Galli Uniform. Please bring to our office a current class schedule printout from WebAdvisor and a copy of your syllabus showing the required items to submit with your request. You may use the computers in our office to print/copy these items. We will verify you are eligible for the items and you may pick up your approved voucher 3 days after you dropped it off. We will be processing these vouchers in a timely manner and appreciate your patience.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tutoring Help

Do you feel like you could use a tutor right about now? Tutoring help is available from the Tutorial Center and Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS).

AGS tutoring request forms are available in the club area in SAC East and the form is also available as a google document that is public on the web to view and print. The filled out forms should be placed in the box labeled AGS Tutoring in the club area.

Fast Track To Work's Website

We've been working on our Fast Track To Work Cabrillo website. You can now download frequently used forms directly from our site! Click on your program link on the left and scroll down to the bottom of the page for the form links.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Got Loans? Don't Miss This Extended Deadline

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) / State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) has $1 million to award for loan repayment of outstanding government and commercial loans for expenses incurred during undergraduate or graduate education! Up to $85,000 in funding available for primary healthcare providers who commit to a three-year service obligation at a public or private non-profit facility that is located in a Health Professional Shortage Area.

The application cycle has been extended to December 31, 2010 or until funds are expended. For more information, please visit: www.oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/SLRP.html.

Friday, October 22, 2010

WIA CEM Green Pathways Students

You are eligible to receive a book voucher to purchase your required books and office supplies for classes on your approved education plan. If you have not picked up your books yet, stop by the office for a book voucher.

Also, you are eligible to receive a parking permit or bus pass. You may pick up your permit or pass at the Student Affairs office above the bookstore. Let us know you have picked it up so we can write a voucher to cover the cost.

Stop by if you have any questions! We are here to help you.

PG&E Bill Help & Free Home Weatherization

You may qualify to receive up to $299 credit on your PG&E bill and free home weatherization! This program is offered at no cost to low income homeowners and renters. Contact Central Coast Energy Services 888-728-3637 for more information.

Free Wintertime Fun in Santa Cruz County

Looking fun? Here's a list of 12 fun things to see and do in Santa Cruz County this winter that are absolutely free! Click on this link and scroll down the page and click on the Top 12 Free Things box.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Background Check Fees for WIA Students

WIA will no longer be reimbursing students for Background Check fees. These fees are similar to fingerprint fees which they are no longer covering.

Please refer to this post for the list of approved and not approved items.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WIA Student Reimbursement Process

Here's a reminder of what the County requires from you for reimbursements. This process must be followed or the County will return your paperwork to our office and will not reimburse you without further documentation. Refer to the previous post WIA Funding Changes for a list of approved items.

For each request for reimbursement, you must submit the original receipt or a confirmation email showing how you paid for the item. If you purchase something online and fill out an application form, print out your application to submit with your reimbursement request. If you do not receive a confirmation email from the company, this application will serve as your receipt.

For each request for reimbursement, you must also submit proof of payment. For transactions handled with a check this would be a copy of the front and the back of the check (once it has cleared your bank). For credit card transactions proof of payment is a copy of the credit card statement showing the transaction. For your protection, black out account numbers. Most banks and credit card companies make this information available online. As always, you are welcome to print from the computer at Fast Track.

For cash transactions, the proof of payment is the original receipt stating it was paid with cash.

You will also need to fill out the reimbursement request form, limit 6 items per form. They are available in the Fast Track office or on the Fast Track website WIA page. Scroll to the bottom to Forms and click on Reimbursement for Training Expenses.

CalWORKs Hourly Activity Reports

CalWORKs students remember you MUST turn in an Hourly Activity Report for each month. It is due on the 5th day of the following month. September's report was due on October 5th. If you have not turned in your September report to the Fast Track office, please do so A.S.A.P.

Remember to print your name and ETS in the top section and sign at the bottom!

There are links to blank activity reports on the bottom of the CalWORKs page on the Fast Track To Work website.

Join the California Energy Service Corps!

The California Conservation Corps (CCC) will employ 20, 18-25 year-old members to work full time at Central Coast Energy Services (CCES), located in Watsonville to learn to administer, implement, and inform public on energy efficiency programs throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, & Monterey counties for low-income residences to support energy conservation

Learn to:
  • Evaluate energy efficiency in homes!
  • Install weather stripping, windows, doors, lighting fixtures, toilets, & more!
  • Organize volunteer opportunities!
  • Promote energy efficiency services!
  • Process Applications!
  • Perform face-to-face & phone customer service!
Program highlights include:
  • 1 year of full-time service
  • Annual stipend/living allowance of $13,600/year, paid monthly
  • Uniforms and boots are supplied
  • Includes childcare and health care benefits
  • At completion of program requirements, you can earn a scholarship of up to $7,350 towards any accredited school or existing student loans
To apply: send an email with application request to bonnie@energyservices.org. Complete applications are due by October 21 at 2:00 p.m. submitted via fax.

Cabrillo's Student File Server Down Friday

The Cabrillo student and faculty network folders will be unavailable this Friday, October 22nd due to an urgent need to replace an aging, ill-performing server.

If you intend to work on a computer this Friday, you need to be prepared to save your work somewhere else. The folders will be available again on Saturday.

We’re very sorry for the inconvenience. Questions? Email ctc@cabrillo.edu.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spots Still Available for Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

Turn your dreams into reality at this event to help youth start a business. See previous post.

College and Career Night 2010

November 1, 2010
6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Cabrillo College Aptos Campus in the Gym, Library and Cafeteria

Meet College Representatives
Explore Careers with your questions and a Career Pathways Presentation
Financial Aid Presentations

During the event parking is available without a parking permit in student parking areas only.

Is your Education Plan Current?

Does your current schedule match the education plan we have on file for you? If you have strayed from your plan, please give us a call and schedule an appointment to get your plan updated! 479-6344.

If you have concerns about the Spring 2011 semester, you might want to schedule your appointment for after the second week of November when the Spring schedule will be available.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tax Credit For Employers

If you are looking for a job, contact the EDD office in Capitola to see if the employer would receive a tax credit for hiring you. This would apply if you are receiving CalWORKs or food stamps.

EDD in Capitola, 831-464-6286

WIA Nursing Exam Fee

The "permit and Board application fees" listed on the approved reimbursement list refers to the application for licensure by examination and interim permit that is paid to the Board of Registered Nursing. The application fee is $75 and the interim permit is $30 for a total of $105. These expenses are approved for reimbursement.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Deadline to Petition for Graduation

Attention students graduating at the end of this semester!

The deadline to petition for Certificates and Degrees for Fall 2010 graduates is November 19. You must complete your petition with an academic counselor here or in the General Counseling Office or if you are a DSPS or EOPS student, they can help you.

No Winter 2011 Session

At this time the regular 2011 Winter session is suspended per the Board of Trustees. If your education plan has classes planned for that session, you will need to make an appointment to update it with our counselor. It would be a good idea to wait until the Spring 2011 schedule is out, which will be around November 11.

Although there will not be a regular winter session, there are a handful of classes during January for select cohorts of students: ATH 10, DMCP 110, Italian, RT 53B, RT 64, and Spanish.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2010/2011 FAFSA Application

Have you filled out your FAFSA for the 2010/2011 school year? All Fast Track To Work students must apply for financial aid. If you have not, do it NOW! Here’s a worksheet to help.

Administrative Director Job Opening

The Pajaro Valley Arts Council, which operates the Gallery at 37 Sudden Street in Watsonville and the Sculpture Is exhibit at Sierra Azul Nursery, is seeking applications for the newly created position of Administrative Director. The position is envisioned as an interim position for a one to two year transition during which we secure the funding base to launch an Executive Director position.

The Administrative Director (AD) is a part time hourly position without benefits. Hours will vary from 15 to 25 hours per week depending on the Gallery's exhibit calendar. The AD will oversee and ensure the completion of all tasks needed for the smooth functioning of PVAC, including bill payment, exhibit coordination (sales, tours, and events), grant reporting, tax filing, and any other pertinent administrative tasks.

The AD will work closely with the Board of Directors and be supervised by and report to the President of the Board. Strong clerical and communication skills are required; bilingual (Spanish-English) a big plus.

For more information, contact the Pajaro Valley Gallery office at 831-722-3062 or email from the contact page on their site.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Reskilling Workshop

Align your skills, interests & talents with the right job and the right career!

Learn how to align your personal interests, skills, knowledge, abilities with careers in the job market to be able to conduct a more effective job search OR decide on a re-skill path (training).

Participants will obtain an action plan ( career/occupation plan) to reset or redesign their skill set to match prospective employment opportunities.

DAY 1: Friday October 15 Room 506 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
DAY 2: Friday October 22 Room 513 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This is a 2-day class held at Cabrillo College, Aptos campus. Please be prepared to attend both days.

Go to Workforce Santa Cruz County Virtual Career Center. Under "Upcoming Events" click on "Click here". Click on "9:00 A.M. Reskill Workshop" on the 15th for more information and to register.

Job Fair this Wednesday

Attending the Access2employment job fair offers you an excellent opportunity to meet with several employers in one place. Use the job fair as a means to educate yourself about employers and to establish personal contacts with them.

October 6
Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz
4:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pass/No Pass Grades

The deadline for Pass/No Pass grade option is October 2. For more information see Cabrillo's Academic Policies and Procedures from the Cabrillo Catalog page on the right under "Other Catalog Sections".

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Want to Start Your Own Business?

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event can help! The Tour is bringing together America's top young entrepreneurs to spread the entrepreneurial mindset to the youth in our community. Speakers are young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 who've made, earned, and sold their company for millions and made a huge impact.

This program is completely FREE
October 27, 2010
1:30 to 7:00 P.M.
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds


Knowledge and inspiration you will gain from the event:
• Distinguish yourself from your peers
• Enhance your career opportunities
• Expose yourself to the entrepreneurial career path
• Stand out to potential employers
• Fulfill many smaller companies demand for entrepreneurship skills
• Apply the knowledge you are getting from your classes to your vision
• Practical, action-oriented personal leadership skills

Register NOW as seating is limited.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

EDD Claim Forms

Please remember that we cannot sign your claim form before the ending date on the front. That means you need to come to our office on Monday or after that date. Thank you for your cooperation.

White House Summit on Community Colleges 10/5

Dr. Jill Biden will chair the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. President Obama asked Dr. Biden to convene this event to highlight the critical role that community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and reaching our educational goals.

The summit is an opportunity to bring together community colleges, business, philanthropy, federal and state policy leaders, and students to discuss how community colleges can help meet the job training and education needs of the nation’s evolving workforce, as well as the critical role these institutions play in achieving the President’s goal to lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

Americans across the country can submit their thoughts, questions and challenges for discussion as part of the summit dialogue. There are a number of ways to participate: submit a video, join the dialogue, plan an event.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Online Self-Paced Microsoft Training

Microsoft's website has online training for Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions. These can be done at your own pace and are free of charge.

Santa Cruz Public Library Career Website

The Santa Cruz Public Library website has a good career tool called Career Transitions. To sign up, you only need a Santa Cruz library card number. It has a step-by-step approach to help people explore new careers, assess their interests and experience, prepare for a job search and write a resume, search and apply for jobs.

New Health Care Website

Take health care into your own hands.

Get information about the government's new health care system. The website is available in English and Spanish.

Essay Workshops

Cabrillo Counselor Marcie Wald will be conducting the Transfer/Scholarship Essay Workshop on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 26th from 11 to 1 in SAC East 226
Friday, October 29 from 10:30 to 12:30 in SAC East 226
Wednesday, November 3 from 2 to 4 in SAC East 226
Tuesday, November 9 from 3 to 5 in SAC East 226
Thursday, November 11 from 1 to 3 in SAC East 226
Monday, November 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 on the Watsonville Campus in 4360
Wednesday, November 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 in SAC East 225
Tuesday, November 23 from 9 to 11 in SAC East 225

The UC priority application period for Fall 2011 admission is November 1st to November 30th.

No need to call ahead--students can just show up for the workshop.

Contact the Transfer Center in the 100 building or click here for workshop dates and times.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bilingual Job Opening

Santa Cruz Regional 911 center is recruiting for bilingual Spanish/English Dispatcher Trainees. This is a great way to start your peace officer, firefighter, or other public safety career!

Bilingual Public Safety Dispatchers information

Hiring Process

Citizen's Academy for 911

Friday, September 17, 2010

Off-Campus Resources

Cabrillo College Student Services offices are often contacted as a resource for students in need and/or in crisis. In order to assist, they have compiled a list of community organizations and agencies in Santa Cruz County who provide services that are not offered at Cabrillo College.

Decided Not to Attend a Class?

Remember you must drop the classes yourself - instructors will not do this for you!

The last day to drop a class without receiving a "W" grade is September 25.
The deadline for dropping and receiving a refund was on September 4.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CARE / EOPS

The EOPS office is currently accepting applications for CARE. You must otherwise qualify for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), have at least one child under 14 years old receiving CalWORKs, and be eligible for Financial Aid. Contact the EOPS office to apply.

CalWORKs students- Federal Work Study

If you had Federal Work Study last year, check with the Financial Aid Office to be sure you were approved again for this year. Once you are approved, you can go to the Student Employment Office to complete new paperwork for on-campus jobs. If you do not have Federal Work Study, you can request in writing at the Financial Aid office to be put on the Federal Work Study wait list. At this time there are still no funds for FTTW-Work Study. If you are awarded Federal Work Study you can work on-campus and Federal Work Study will cover your wages. We will contact you when FTTW-Work Study funding resumes.

Temporary Energy Assistance for Families

TEAF is a one-time payment program sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and is administered by The Salvation Army.

This program, authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and made possible with partial funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), helps income-qualified families who are unable to pay for their energy needs due to an unplanned hardship. Applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted or until September 21, 2010.

Mail the application and documentation to:
The Salvation Army
TEAF Program
P.O. Box 193465
San Francisco, CA 94119-3465

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TANF Emergency Contingency Fund Extension

You may contact your Senators to support the extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund (TANF ECF), which expires on October 1st.

It's easy: just call 1-888-245-0215 and ask for your Senator by name. The Capitol operator will connect you to their office. Tell your Senators to support an extension of the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund so states can continue to provide assistance to families in these hard economic times.

Since the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund (TANF ECF) was created in 2009, it has done three important things:

(1) Helped cash-strapped states meet rising welfare caseloads. Since the Great Recession officially began in September 2007, the poverty rate has rise to its highest level in 15 years; welfare rolls are rising for the first time since welfare reform was passed in 1996; and the unemployment rate for single mothers has more than doubled to its highest level in 25 years.

(2) Created subsidized jobs for more than 240,000 low-income parents nationwide. enabling low-income parents to work and receive a paycheck, in lieu of a welfare or unemployment check; and

(3) Provided help for one-time, non-recurring expenses, such as emergency moving costs for families who have lost their homes due to foreclosure or unemployment.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to extend the TANF ECF three times; however, when the bill has gone to the Senate it has fallen just a few votes short of passage. So we need folks to call their Senators and urge them to extend this crucial fund. If their office is closed, you can leave a message on their voice mail.

Here’s some sample language when you make your call:
"Hello, my name is (your name!), and I’m calling to ask Senator _____________ to support the extension of t TANF Emergency Contingency Fund, which expires on October 1st. The TANF Emergency Contingency Fund has enabled states to help families (like mine) who are struggling in this recession, and to create 200,000 jobs for low-income parents nationwide. Please support the extension of this important program!"

COBRA Premium Subsidy Expiring?

Follow These Tips to Make Sure You Do Not Lose Coverage

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided a COBRA premium reduction for eligible individuals who were involuntarily terminated from employment through May 31, 2010. Individuals who qualified on or before May 31, 2010 may continue to pay reduced premiums for up to 15 months, as long as they are not eligible for another group health plan or Medicare. Those individuals who qualified for the premium reduction were only required to pay 35 percent of the COBRA premium otherwise due to the plan. If your COBRA continuation coverage lasts for more than 15 months, you will need to pay the full amount to continue your COBRA continuation coverage.

20th Annual Job Fair

Attending the access2employment job fair offers you an excellent opportunity to meet with several employers in one place. Use the job fair as a means to educate yourself about employers and to establish personal contacts with them.

It's all about Networking!

October 6th
4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Coconut Grove at the Boardwalk

Reskilling Workshop

Align your skills, interests & talents with the right job and the right career!

Learn how to align your personal interests, skills, knowledge, abilities with careers in the job market to be able to conduct a more effective job search OR decide on a re-skill path (training).

Participants will obtain an action plan ( career/occupation plan) to reset or redesign their skill set to match prospective employment opportunities.

DAY 1: Friday September 17 Room 506 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
DAY 2: Friday September 24 Room 513 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This is a 2-day class held at Cabrillo College, Aptos campus. Please be prepared to attend both days.

Go to Workforce Santa Cruz County Virtual Career Center. Under "Upcoming Events" click on "Click here". Click on "Reskill Workshop" on the 17th for more information and to register.

Friday, September 10, 2010

CalWIN - Food and Medical Assistance

Learn about and apply for food and/or medical assistance in order to stay healthy. On the Benefits CalWIN site you can find out if you are potentially eligible for Food Stamps or Medi-Cal, apply for benefits with one online application for Food Stamps or Medi-Cal, or re-certify Food Stamps and/or complete a Food Stamp Quarterly Report.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Closed Office Hours

Just a friendly reminder about our office hours. When the office hours are posted that we are closed, that means we can not help you during that time, not even for a quick question. To be fair to all students, you will need to come back when we are open.

If you need to drop off a book store receipt or other paperwork, you may leave it in the drop box to right of our door. We check this box every day.

Important! - WIA Funding Changes

Due to county budget reductions, effective immediately the following changes apply to the use of WIA funds. Please remember you must use the voucher systems in place at the Cabrillo Bookstore, Galli Uniform and Ledyard. No reimbursements will be made to students who purchased items at the Bookstore, Galli and Ledyard without a voucher. If you have any doubt whether an item is covered, please contact the Fast Track To Work office.

The cost of these items will not be paid for:
• any non-Cabrillo College classes
• any classes not on approved ed plan
• test preparation courses: Kaplan, and materials for those courses
• non-Cabrillo EKG, CPR, ACLS, PACLS, lecture courses
• mileage to any non-Cabrillo class
• office supplies purchased by student at office supply store
• uniforms or supplies purchased by student at Galli Uniform or Cabrillo Bookstore without a Fast Track voucher
• business cards
• Association memberships or class dues
• replacement instruments (Dental Hygiene)
• finger print and background check fees
• Dental Hygiene kits and loupes
• computers and software

The cost of these REQUIRED items will be paid for:
• Cabrillo registration fees for classes on approved education plan
• books & syllabi for Cabrillo classes
• office supplies on approved items list purchased at Cabrillo bookstore with Fast Track voucher
• uniforms & supplies on approved Galli Uniform shopping list purchased at Galli with Fast Track voucher
• supplies from Ledyard purchased with Fast Track voucher
• supplies for Cabrillo classes: examples include DH gloves, tackle box (not to exceed $50), badges, sharpening tools
• liability insurance
• application fee for licensure by examination and interim permit fee that is paid to Board of Registered Nursing
• drug testing and immunizations
• mileage paid at $5/day to attend Cabrillo classes and required lab work

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Office Closed for Meeting 9/8

The Fast Track office will be closed for a staff meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday September 8th. Normal office hours will resume after our meeting.

As always if we are closed when you are here, you may drop items off in the box to the right of the door. We check this box daily.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Reskilling Workshop

Align your skills, interests & talents with the right job and the right career!

Learn how to assess your values, interests, and skills
Investigate occupational resources
Create a useful career profile/training plan

DAY 1: Friday August 27 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
DAY 2: Friday September 3 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Held at Cabrillo College in room 506

This is a 2-day class for unemployed individuals. Please be prepared to attend both days.

Contact the Fast Track To Work office to register. Feel free to refer any unemployed friends or family also.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Parking and Bus Passes

During the first few weeks of the semester, parking will be very difficult. Many extra people will be trying to add classes, and they will also be trying to park. Plan accordingly and add in some extra time to get to your class or appointment on time.

You may pickup parking permits and bus passes at the Student Affairs office in Aptos or at the Watsonville Center.

Academic Survival Workshop

Want some tips to stay organized this semester? Fast Track To Work students are invited to attend a one hour workshop this week. Learn how to keep track of paperwork, remember important dates, where to find extra assistance on campus and more. Use the tools you already have without spending any more money. If you are new to Cabrillo, stay for the campus tour at the end of the workshop. CalWORKs students may count this workshop for activity hours.

The first workshop will be this week on Wednesday August 25th at 10:00. Meet in room 914. The tour will start at 11:00.

Limited Office Hours During Flex Week

Fast Track To Work will be closed in the morning on Thursday 8/26. We will be open from 1:30 to 5:00

Friday 8/27 the office will be closed all day.

Financial Aid Status

Students can go to the Financial Aid office to find out if their file is complete. Once their file is complete, they can ask in writing to be put on the Federal Work Study waitlist; Even if they requested Federal Work Study on the FAFSA, they need to submit in writing directly to the Financial Aid office that they want to be put on the waitlist. Processing of Financial Aid awards may take longer than usual as they work out the bugs in the new system. But, files will not be processed until they are complete (all requested documents submitted).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fall Book Voucher Process

WIA Students
If you have not already submitted your book voucher for Fall books, you may do so now. Please bring the following items with you to submit with your voucher: a copy of your current education plan, class schedule printout from WebAdvisor and class books printout from the bookstore website. You may use the computers in our office to print these items.

We will verify you are registered for classes on your ed plan, are only requesting required books for the classes you are enrolled in and that you are on the list at the bookstore. If you submit all requested documentation, you may pick up your approved voucher 3 days after you dropped it off. We will be processing these vouchers in a timely manner and appreciate your patience. When you pickup up your approved voucher you can then take it to the bookstore to purchase your books and return your cash register receipt back to our office ASAP.


CaLWORKs Students
You may come to our office now to fill out your book request form. Please bring the following items with you to submit with your request form: a copy of your current education plan, class schedule printout from WebAdvisor and class books printout from the bookstore website. You may use the computers in our office to print these items.

Once we verify you are registered for classes on your ed plan, are only requesting required books for the classes you are enrolled in and that you are on the list at the bookstore, we will fax your request to your ETS.

You may request the voucher be sent back to the Fast Track office for pickup. Or you can arrange to pick it up from your ETS. Remember if you pick up your voucher from your ETS, you must come to the FTTW office to have your voucher stamped BEFORE going to the book store. Be sure to take a copy of the list of books to the bookstore when you purchase your books. They need to see which books have been approved. Remember to bring your cash register receipt back to our office ASAP.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Book Vouchers for Fall Semester

If you have not already submitted your book voucher for Fall books, you may do so starting August 16th. If you included all requested documentation, you may pick up your approved voucher 3 days after you dropped it off. We will be processing these vouchers in a timely manner and appreciate your patience.

Attention Green and CEM Students

Here's information about Ecology Action's Energy Efficiency Specialist job opening.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Are You Registered?

Wondering what classes are still open? Look at the Open Section Searcher on the Cabrillo website. Results reflect enrollment as of midnight.

Books for Fall Semester

Books will be on sale at the bookstore starting August 16th.

WIA Students
You may come to our office now to fill out your book voucher form. Please bring the following items with you to submit with your voucher: a copy of your current education plan, class schedule printout from WebAdvisor and class books printout from the bookstore website. You may use the computers in our office to print these items.

We will verify you are registered for classes on your ed plan, are only requesting required books for the classes you are enrolled in and that you are on the list at the bookstore. If you turn in your completed request by the 12th, we will do our best to have your approved voucher ready on Monday the 16th. You can then take it to the bookstore to purchase your books and return your cash register receipt back to our office ASAP.


CaLWORKs Students
You may come to our office now to fill out your book request form. Please bring the following items with you to submit with your request form: a copy of your current education plan, class schedule printout from WebAdvisor and class books printout from the bookstore website. You may use the computers in our office to print these items.

Once we verify you are registered for classes on your ed plan, are only requesting required books for the classes you are enrolled in and that you are on the list at the bookstore, we will fax your request to your ETS.

You may request the voucher be sent back to the Fast Track office for pickup. Or you can arrange to pick it up from your ETS. Remember if you pick up your voucher from your ETS, you must come to the FTTW office to have your voucher stamped BEFORE going to the book store. Be sure to take a copy of the list of books to the bookstore when you purchase your books. They need to see which books have been approved. Remember to bring your cash register receipt back to our office ASAP.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

FTTW-CalWORKs Work Study Update

As of Aug. 1, 2010 we still have not heard about funding for the FTTW-Work Study program for this year. As soon as funding resumes, Michelle the FTTW Job Development Assistant, will notify you to make an appointment to determine eligibility. If you are required to work to fulfill your required participation hours, you may talk to your ETS about other subsidized employment options through CalWORKs. Please contact Michelle at the Fast Track office if you are interested in FTTW-Work Study when funding resumes or if you have any questions.

If you are interested Federal Work Study, contact the Financial Aid office.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

WIA Summer Transportation Reimbursements

The deadline for turning in your reimbursement request form for Summer transportation is this Friday, August 6th. Please remember, we close at noon on Fridays.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Office Hours Change

The Fast Track To Work office will be closed for the entire day on the next three Tuesdays, July 27, August 3 and 10. Normal hours will resume on August 11. You may still drop off forms etc. in our drop box outside the door. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

2010/2011 Financial Aid

All Fast Track To Work students must apply for financial aid. Have you filled out your FAFSA for this coming 10/11 school year? If you have not, do it NOW! Here’s a worksheet to help.

Need Food?

Remember food is available from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties. Call 662-0991 Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more information.

Education Plans

Make sure your Fall registration matches your current ed plan. If it does not, you must make an appointment with our academic counselor. You will not receive Fall books if you are not following your ed plan.

Fall Books, Parking Permits & Bus Passes

On August 16 Fall books will be on sale at the bookstore. Bus passes & parking permits will be available for pickup at the Student Affairs office.

Workforce Santa Cruz County Virtual Career Center

All Fast Track To Work students must be registered with the Workforce Santa Cruz County Virtual Career Center. If you have not signed up, stop by our office to sign up and get your scan card. All students that we help either in person or over the phone need to have a VCC card. Please remember to bring your card with you when you visit . Our future funding depends on you!

Free Book

Do you or a family member have a new job? Stop by our office for a free book: 25 Ways to Shine as a New Employee.

Friday, July 16, 2010

WIA Students - Fall Registration

If you have registered for Fall classes that appear on the copy of your approved education plan in the FTTW file, we will proceed with creating a voucher to pay your registration and parking/bus fees. If you have made a change to your education plan and have not given us a copy for approval, we will not be able to process your voucher for payment until this is done.

If you have not registered for Fall classes and have a current approved education plan in your FTTW file, please register immediately then contact the office to let us know.

Please call the office to make an appointment with our counselor if you need your education plan updated.

Copies of vouchers are available upon request.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Register Your Cell Phone In Case of Emergency

If there is a wildfire near your home and the fire department needs to evacuate people, they will do a reverse 911 call to all homes in the area to inform them when and how evacuation will happen. However you might not be home when they call, so you can register your cell phone number so that when they call homes in your area your cell number will be on the call list too. This website is only for Santa Cruz County.

Do it now, it only takes 1 minute....really. Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Office Closed on July 20

The Fast Track To Work office will be closed for the day on Tuesday July 20. Normal hours will resume on July 21.

You may still drop off forms etc in our drop box outside the door. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Contractors: Gain a Competitive Edge

Learn more about energy efficient installations, how to help your customers get rebates and financing, and where to get the training you need!

There is no charge for Cabrillo students and dinner will be served both evenings.
Space is limited!

To learn more or enroll visit the Cabrillo Corporate Training website

Reskilling Workshop for Unemployed Individuals

Align your skills, interests & talents with the right job and the right career!

Learn how to assess your values, interests, and skills
Investigate occupational resources
Create a useful career profile/training plan

DAY 1: Friday July 23 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
DAY 2: Friday July 30 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Held at Cabrillo College in room 506

This is a 2-day class for unemployed individuals. Please be prepared to attend both days.

Contact the Fast Track To Work office to register. Feel free to refer any unemployed friends or family also.

Monday, July 12, 2010

WomenCARE is moving to a new home!

WomenCARE has been working very hard and carefully to redefine how they operate so that they not only survive these current difficult economic times, but ensure WomenCARE's future for the years to come. And as of August 1st, they will be in a new home at 2901 Park Avenue, Suite A1, Soquel, CA 95073. The phone number and walk-in office hours remain the same.

They will continue to offer a safe and welcoming place to provide support services for women with all types of cancer, at all stages of the journey. As long as WomenCARE stays true to its mission in our community, women with cancer - and their families - will receive the support they need.

New Healthcare Tool

Congressman Farr unveiled a new healthcare tool on July 8th here at Cabrillo. The site provides a convenient way to see, state by state, specifically how the new health care legislation will help/affect each of us and loved ones (with the exception of undocumented workers, who won’t qualify for benefits).

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Office Hours

The Fast Track To Work office will be open our regular hours during the summer, including after Summer sessions are over.

Be aware that it is possible we will close for a day or two for planning meetings, but we will post those closures on our blog and change our voice mail message.

Purchasing Textbooks for Fall Semester

The bookstore will be selling books for Fall classes starting August 16th. You may not purchase a book for a Fall class before this date. Summer session books are currently on sale at the bookstore.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Office Hours

The Fast Track To Work office will be closed next Tuesday, June 8th, all day for a staff meeting. You are welcome to drop off items in the drop box outside while we are closed. We will be back in the office on Wednesday the 9th at 8:00 a.m.

Thank you.

Congratulations Fast Track Graduates!

Thank you for allowing us to share a chapter in your life as you pursued your educational goals at Cabrillo College. We wish you a bright and successful future! Remember to use the job search services at the Workforce Santa Cruz County office in Watsonville.

-The Fast Track To Work Staff

Friday, May 28, 2010

WIA Student Reimbursements

Since it's getting close to the end of the semester, we thought you may be gathering receipts for reimbursement. The reimbursements process must be followed or the County will return your paperwork to our office and will not reimburse you without further documentation.

Whenever you submit receipts for reimbursement, make sure that you also submit proof of payment. For transactions handled with a check this would be a copy of the front and the back of the check (once it has cleared). For credit card transactions proof of payment is a copy of the statement showing the transaction. For your protection, black out account numbers. Most banks and credit card companies make this information available online. As always, you are welcome to print from the computer at Fast Track. For cash transactions, the proof of payment is the original receipt stating it was paid with cash.

You will also need to fill out the reimbursement request form each time you turn in receipts for reimbursement, 6 items per form. You can stop by the office to pick up the form or email fasttrack@cabrillo.edu and we'll send one to you via email.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Graduation Caps & Gowns

Student Affairs will be loaning out graduation caps and gowns to students receiving financial aid. Fast Track students may pick up the form at Student Affairs, bring it to our office to get our signature and then return the form to Student Affairs. They will then issue you a cap and gown.

WIA Student Transportation Reimbursements

The last day to submit transportation reimbursement forms for the Spring semester is June 11th. If you need a blank form, stop by the office to pick one up. We are open our regular hours through the summer.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Assemblymember Alberto Torrico On Campus

Assemblymember Alberto Torrico is teaming up with the Student Senate and the Cabrillo College Democrats to host a rally and press conference in support of a very critical piece of legislation - AB 656.

Thursday, May 20
12:30 p.m., in the Quad

AB 656 will generate $2 Billion dollars for higher education by imposing a 12.5% fee on the extraction of natural gas and oil from the State of California. Currently, California is the ONLY major oil producing state that DOES NOT charge such a fee. Even Alaska and Texas charge a similar fee. The revenue generated by this bill - over $2 Billion dollars - will go directly to the Higher Ed system in California (that includes the UC, CSU, and CCC systems).

Please come and hear more about this important piece of legislation that will help open the doors of higher education to hundreds of thousands of students in our State. As of now, over 75,000 students, faculty, and community members have signed a pledge to support AB 656. The bill also has the support of the California Faculty Association, the California State Student Association, and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.

Please join us this Thursday to hear from Assemblymember Torrico and other local leaders on the importance of continuing the fight to save higher education in California.

For more information call Steve Fishman, Democrats Club President, 805-660-7844 or Geoffrey Stanfield, ASCC Student Senate President, 831-706-5216.

Porter Gulch Review 25th Anniversary

The twenty-fifth edition of the annual Cabrillo College Porter Gulch Review will be celebrated at an event featuring readings and artwork from the literary magazine.

Saturday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Cabrillo College Horticulture Building

The Porter Gulch Review is a student-juried publication of poetry, prose, photography, artwork, screenplays and plays. It was established twenty-five years ago with the purpose of showcasing novice and experienced writers and artists from Santa Cruz County and beyond. The students of David Sullivan’s English 1B class at Cabrillo College edited this year’s edition. Many student writers and artists are represented, as well as work by Cabrillo faculty, students and professors from UCSC, and a wide array of local talents.

Copies of the Spring 2010 edition will be available at the event for a suggested donation of $5 per copy. For more information, please call David Sullivan at (831) 479-6345. If you have any special needs at the reading, please let David know in advance (dasulliv@cabrillo.edu).

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Session Books

Books for the Summer Session will be on sale starting June 8.

WIA students may fill out their book voucher at Fast Track starting the 8th. You can look up your books at the bookstore website. Remember that you may only get required books for your classes that are on your ed plan for the summer session.

CalWORKs students may fill out their book request form at Fast Track now. You can look up your books at the bookstore website. Please print out the list of your books to turn in with your request form. Remember that you may only get required books for your classes that are on your ed plan for the summer session. We will then fax the request form to your ETS. If you have your voucher sent to our office, we will make an effort to call you when it is in. If you do not hear from us, feel free to give us a call to see if it has arrived. Remember if you pick up your voucher from your ETS, you must come to the FTTW office to have your voucher stamped BEFORE going to the bookstore. You need to bring a copy of your book request form to the bookstore. They need it to see which books have been approved.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your education plan is current and that Fast Track To Work has a copy. If your plan does not reflect your current classes or has expired, you must meet with a counselor to update it. You might not be able to receive a book voucher for summer classes if this is not done. If you have an appointment scheduled with our counselor, please be sure to come in for it or let us know that you need to cancel or reschedule so we can let another student have the appointment time slot.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fall Registration

Don't put off registering for your fall classes! Login to WebAdvisor and use the "Preferred Sections" to preselect your section choices. Then when it is your time to register you can quickly sign-up for those sections where there is still space available.

You do not need to login to use WebAdvisor's Search for Sections feature to look up available space in classes.

Remember, we are here to help!

$10,000 Scholarship Opportunity

Ten outstanding students will be chosen to receive a $10,000 scholarship, $5,000 per year for two years. The Cabrillo College High Achievers Scholarship for Career Technical Education (CTE) has been generously established by the Grove Foundation for highly motivated students enrolled or on the wait list for a Career Technical Education pathway at Cabrillo College. The scholarships are for exceptional CTE students who are highly likely to complete the CTE program.

Students studying the following CTE programs may apply:
Accounting, Construction and Energy Management, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Dental Hygiene, Digital Media, Early Childhood Education, Engineering Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, Fire Technology, Horticulture, Human Services, Journalism, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Welding.

Go to this page to download the application. Click on the 4th item: High Achievers Scholarship for Career Technical Education. We have copies of the application in our office also.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Student Opportunity to Attend Al Gore Lecture

This lecture on May 17th will feature Al Gore, 45th vice president of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the The George Washington University and host of the PBS Planet Forward, will moderate the discussion, "Our Environment: Can We Save the Planet that Sustains Us?"

Interested students may sign up for ONE lecture at the Student Affairs Office, SAC East. The deadline is Monday, May 10th at 3:00 p.m. at the Student Affairs front counter. Please note the different locations, meeting times, and transportation options.

Afternoon Lecture:
Location: CSUMB
Students must arrive at CSUMB by 12:15 p.m. Students must provide their own transportation. The lecture will end by 4:00 p.m.
There are still 5 slots available. (15 students signed up when we announced this opportunity earlier.) Details to including exact location will be given to the students when they sign up.

Evening Lecture:
Location: Golden State Theater in downtown Monterey.
Students must meet in parking lot K, by the Cabrillo gym, no later than 5:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided to Monterey.
The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m. Students will return to campus at approximately 9:30 p.m.
(Students must bring their own sack dinner to eat on the bus. There will not be time to stop for dinner on the way to the lecture.)

Questions? Contact Sesario Escoto at ext. 6525 or seescoto@cabrillo.edu

Microsoft Training Vouchers

There is only one week left to pickup an Elevate America Microsoft training voucher. If you would like to receive one, come into our office for more information.

We can also give you information about self paced online training.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Are Your Fees Paid?

Before May 12, log into WebAdvisor and click on Make A Payment to make sure you do not have a balance due. Any prior balance due can prevent you from registering for new classes.

If there is a balance due, contact our office now!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fall Schedule is Online

The schedule of Fall classes is now posted on the Cabrillo website. Refer to your education plan and figure out your class schedule now so you are ready to register as soon as your time comes up starting on May 12.

Continuing students be on the lookout for a post card from Cabrillo in your regular mailbox. It is not junk mail! The address side of the card shows the date and time that you can start registering for classes. Be prepared and at your computer at that time so you can the classes you need. Classes will fill very quickly!

Tip: WebAdvisor's "Preferred Sections" works like a shopping cart to let you preselect your section choices. Then, when it is your turn to register, you can quickly sign-up for those sections where there is still space available.

Remember, you must register online using WebAdvisor. If you need assistance, please come in to our office before May 12 for a little lesson.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Did You Enroll in Summer Classes Yet?

If you still need to register for summer classes, use this handy Open Section Searcher to see what is still available.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cal Success Program

The Cal Success program is tentatively scheduled to be phased out as of 6/30/2010. We are not accepting new applications for this program. We will keep you posted as we learn of the status of this program.

Catherine Lachance, Director/FTTW

Microsoft Training Vouchers

The county still has vouchers available for this training from Microsoft. Three different vouchers are available:

1) General e-Learning Vouchers, which are redeemable for free, online training on one Microsoft Windows Vista or Microsoft Office Suite program

2) IT Professional Learning Vouchers, which are intended for customers who are IT professionals interested in acquiring advanced level skills in areas such as web development or database management

3) Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers, which are designed to enable a user to pursue a no-cost exam to become certified in one Microsoft program, such as Excel, Word or Outlook.

Anyone interested in a free online Microsoft training voucher must request it in person at the Watsonville Career Center Resource Room during business hours. You must have a Santa Cruz County VCC card or register for one online at Workforce Santa Cruz County Virtual Career Center. Voucher distribution will be on a first come, first served basis as Santa Cruz County only has a limited supply of vouchers. All of these vouchers must be distributed/allocated AND activated by the customer within 90 days of the program launch date. The customer has 12 months to complete the training.

These vouchers are for intermediate and advanced level in addition to certification level online training. The online training must be completed on a computer that has the program(s) the customer is accessing, in addition to an internet connection. This voucher DOES NOT INCLUDE any fees at testing sites.

Once you have your voucher, you may redeem it here.

Microsoft Elevate America

Social Justice Conference 4/30 & 5/1

Cabrillo College’s 4th Annual Social Justice Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 30th, and Saturday, May 1st. The opening reception will be held on Friday evening at the Watsonville Center, while the all-day conference will be held on Saturday at the Aptos campus. The two day conference will include guest speakers, break-out sessions, a children's fair, a community fair and a key-note address by the Honorable Cruz Reynoso, the first Chicano to serve on the California Supreme Court.

Cabrillo College students, faculty, staff and administrators will present research and creative projects concerning social justice issues, while community-based organizations will distribute information about their work toward social justice during the lunchtime community fair. We are pleased to announced that Luis Alejo, the mayor of Watsonville, will speak at the opening reception at the Watsonville campus, while Russ Jones, representing LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, will open our Saturday program at the Aptos campus.

The "Children's Faire" will provide child-centered activities with social justice themes during both break-out sessions. All ages welcome, but a parent or legal guardian must be present.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Personal Counseling

High stress is very common this time of the semester.

If you'd like to meet with a personal counselor, remember that the Student Health Center has personal counselors available for you. The health fee that students pay each semester pays for this.

Also, CalWORKs students, you have personal counseling services available to you through CalWORKs. You may see a counselor by yourself or bring the whole family. Talk to your ETS for more information.

Transportation Fee Proposal Vote

As you may know, the student bus pass program has been imposing a deficit on the general fund. To rectify this situation, an increase in the bus pass fee was planned. The plan was to increase the fee to $75 in the spring 2010 and to increase the fee to $100 beginning fall 2010. Is it important to note that this increase is still about 50% cheaper for our students compared to the Metro District monthly bus pass rate. While this recent increase to $100 is expected to make the bus pass program cost neutral to the District, the Student Senate remains concerned and alarmed over the high cost of the bus pass.

As an alternative to the current $100 bus pass program, the ASCC Student Senate has developed a proposal for all students to pay into a TRANSPORTATION FEE program. This program would require all students registered for 4 or more units to pay a TRANSPORTATION FEE of $35 per semester. These students would have the option of electing to receive a bus pass or a parking permit.

During the ASCC Student Body Elections next week, students will be asked to vote YES or NO on this proposed fee
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The ASCC Student Senate proposes that the Cabrillo College District administration (including the Board of Trustees) approve and arrange to collect a transportation fee of $35 per student, to be collected by all students with no option for waivers, similar to the current Student Health Fee.

For more information:
Sesario Escoto at ext. 6525
Flor Chacón at ext. 3508
Geoffrey Stanfield , Student Body President at 477-5677

Friday, April 16, 2010

Summer and Fall Registration Process

HawkTalk, registration by telephone, will no longer be available starting with Summer registration. You must use the online WebAdvisor system or go to Admissions and Records office to register. If you need assistance, stop by our office and we'll be happy to walk you through it.

FREE Skate Party Tomorrow Afternoon!

Saturday, April 17th
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz Roller Palladium
1606 Seabright Ave.

Recommended ages: 5-12

Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chapter, Bikers Against Child Abuse

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Summer Session Registration & Parking/Bus Passes

If you are planning on taking classes this summer, register for them this week! Yesterday was the first day continuing students could register and next Monday the 19th is the first day anyone can register. Register now to make sure you get the class you need!

WIA Students: While registering, please remember to select a parking permit or bus pass. If you have already registered and did not select one, please do so as soon as possible. This helps streamline our process for paying your tuition and fees.

CalWORKs students: While registering, please remember to select a parking permit or bus pass. If you have already registered and did not select one, please do so as soon as possible. You should then print out your registration statement and give a copy to your ETS at the County so they can pay for your classes.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Attention Green Building Program Students

If you are a student currently enrolled in Cabrillo's Green Building Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program and you need help with your education plan or career counseling, you need to contact Cabrillo's academic counselor Shawn Ogimachi for an appointment. He may be reached at 479-6508.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sam Farr to Speak at Cabrillo Tomorrow

Congressperson Sam Farr will be speaking on the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) and health care reform bills Thursday April 8th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the main quad

All students, faculty, and staff of Cabrillo College are invited to join in thanking Congressperson Sam Farr for his tremendous work in support of the SAFRA recently passed in Congress.

This event is sponsored by Organizing For America in conjunction with Cabrillo College Democrats Club. For more information call: Steve Fishman, Democrats Club President, (805) 660-7844 or Theo Offei, Student Senator at (831) 406-7331.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Caps & Gowns for Graduating Students

Student Affairs will be loaning out graduation caps and gowns to students receiving financial aid. You may pick up a form starting May 17 at Student Affairs, bring it to our office to get our signature. Then return the form to Student Affairs and they will then issue you a cap and gown.