Monday, March 29, 2010

Student Success Workshops

The purpose of the Early Assistance Program is to enhance student success and retention by providing students with study skills workshops.

Free workshops are scheduled throughout the semester and are open to any student. All workshops are from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, Room 202 (not in building 200).

April 6 - Test Anxiety
April 21 - Public Speaking Anxiety
May 4 - Learning Styles
May 19 - Test Taking & Test Preparation
May 25 - Test Anxiety

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Alpha Gamma Sigma's Spring Rummage Sale

If you would like to donate items, please bring them to the SAC East - Club Room after April 12th anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or during the sale.

The yearly Rummage Sale will be held in front of the cafeteria (building 900) on April 30th at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and May 1st and 2nd from 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

All proceeds go towards Alpha Gamma Sigma, the Honor Society of Cabrillo College, a non-profit organization. The funds raised help with scholarships for members and more events for the community.

Questions? Email Steven Bumgarner at: or call: (415) 324-9385

Continuing EDD Benefits While Attending School

If you are receiving Unemployment Benefits when you start a Fast Track To Work program, completing the Training Enrollment Verification form should help your benefits continue without a break in payments.

1. Come to our office and ask for the Training Enrollment Verification form.
2. Complete ALL required fields.
3. Get Fast Track To Work's approval and signature.
4. Fast Track To Work will fax to EDD.

This should prevent a lapse in Unemployment Benefits.

Friday, March 26, 2010

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is observed in April and is the month dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness of sexual violence and its prevention through special events. Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month each year highlights sexual violence as a major public health problem and reinforces the need for prevention efforts.

Cabrillo will be hosting several events aimed at increasing awareness of this problem in our society and raising visibility of the agencies working to end sexual violence in our community.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scan Your VCC Card at Fast Track

Every time you visit Fast Track, please remember to scan your teal and purple Workforce Santa Cruz County Career Center card. We must keep track of the services we provide to all of our students. If you do not have a card, tell us and we will show you how to sign up.

The future funding of our programs depend on YOU!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Financial Aid Update

Financial Aid is going paperless and an email address is now required. Do you need help creating an email account? Follow these instructions.

Did you miss the March 2nd priority funding deadline? You can still apply! File your 2010-11 FAFSA today. If you would like some help with your application, be sure to attend one of the FAFSA Friday workshops.

You can meet with a Financial Aid Advisor too. They can make sure you get all the assistance that is available to you. If you were ever in Foster Care, be sure to tell them. Contact the Financial Aid Office for an appointment.

Friday, March 19, 2010

$5 Annual State Park Passes for CalWORKs Students

With spring almost here, you might be going to the State Parks more now. Remember, as a CalWORKs recipient you are eligible to purchase an annual park pass for only $5. Pick up the form at our office.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Summer Session Schedule Online

The schedule for summer classes is now on the Cabrillo website.

March in Sacramento, 3/22, spaces available on the bus

As you know, Monday, March 22, is a big day for the California Community College system. It is the "March in March" event. This is the day we hope thousands of community college advocates will march from Raley Field to the Capital in support of a better budget for our colleges.

We have 3 buses reserved to take our students and any faculty, staff and administrators interested, to Sacramento on that day. Way back on March 4 many students expressed an interest and signed up to ride these buses. Although we kept a waiting list to ensure that these buses would go to Sacramento full to capacity, many students have backed out and will not be attending. We now have at least 30 spaces available on the buses.

Sign-ups will take place on Thursday, March 18 in the Quad from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. and at the Student Affairs desk in the SAC East from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Students who commit to riding on the bus must agree to meet at 6:00 a.m. in parking lot K, by the gym. We will be returning by about 7:00 p.m. or sooner depending upon traffic.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Return Your Census and Be Counted!

The US Census is being delivered this week via US Mail.

More than $400 billion of federal funds will be distributed based on the US Census report. The funds will affect services such as heath care, education and transportation (e.g. road construction/maintenance, bridges, bus service) to name a few. Everyone in Santa Cruz county can benefit from the most accurate count possible.

Private information is kept confidential.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Graduation Petition Deadline

If you will be graduating this Spring semester remember to meet with an academic counselor to file a Graduation Petition. The deadline to have your name added to the graduation program is April 26. Graduation ceremonies are on June 4th. You may participate even if you still have one summer class to finish. Contact our office if you would like to schedule an appointment with our counselor.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Job Fair at Watsonville Career Center

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Workforce Santa Cruz County
18 W. Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 763-8700

The Job Fair is a great event held once a quarter. It provides the Job Seeker an opportunity to be in close proximity with representatives from companies that are, likely, in charge of hiring.

Come prepared to drop off your current version of your résumé and bring a cover letter. Be prepared to answer some questions like: "Tell me about yourself."

A great tool to bring is a "Master Application."
Come Dressed for the position you wish to apply.
Bring your winning smile and your positive attitude.

Remember to bring your Workforce Santa Cruz County Career Center Membership Card (teal and purple). If you do not have one, pick up one from the receptionist at the Career Center.

Note: If you are a CalWorks Participant you may be eligible to be an Employer Assistant and get to know what requirements your employer is asking prospective applicants, first-hand.

For the 2010 Job Fair schedule and list of employers, look at the Workforce Santa Cruz County homepage.

Happy Job Hunting

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Elevate America - Free Microsoft Training

Gov. Schwarzenegger announced a partnership with Microsoft to offer job training to Californians.

This is a national program, which offers free online Microsoft training vouchers to the public. California will receive three types of vouchers from Microsoft: General e-Learning Vouchers, which are redeemable for free, online training on one Microsoft Windows Vista or Microsoft Office Suite program; 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; and, 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.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Press Release

Microsoft Elevate America

Student Budget Advocacy Events

Below is a list of March, April, and May activities that the California Community College's Student Senate, the Cabrillo Student Senate, and the Cabrillo Solidarity Club are planning. You are invited to participate in any of the activities. All of the activities are part of a statewide campaign to advocate for community college budgets.

March 22 (Monday) – March in March to Sacramento
Sponsored by ASCC Student Senate, CCFT, AGS and EOPS/CARE

3 buses, participants meet at 6:00 a.m. in parking lot K, leave at 6:30 a.m. and return at 7:00 p.m.

Sign-ups by sponsors:
Bus No. 1 - ASCC Student Senate
Bus No. 2 - EOPS/CARE
Bus No. 3 - AGS with CCFT

Events promoted by the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges (SSCCC) Ensure you wear your blue ribbons as a sign that you are CCC students!

March 22 - March in March at the State Capitol

March 26, April 23 & May 21 - Follow-up Fridays!
Local Team advocacy visits to Legislators' district offices across the state.

Panetta Institute Lecture Series-Great Student Opportunity

The Panetta Institute for Public Policy offers a limited number of FREE admissions to Cabrillo College students. This year’s series will focus on The Second Decade 2010-2020: What’s Next for America? The following topics are offered.

Interested students can get more information and sign up at the Student Affairs Office, SAC East. Students must provide their own transportation. Sign-ups will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

*Monday, March 22nd (note that this is the same day as the March in March to Sacramento)
Location: Monterey Conference Center in the Steinbeck Forum
Time: 12:15 – 4:00 PM
Our Foreign Policy: Who Will Lead the World? with James Rubin, former assistant secretary of state and chief spokesman for the State Department, and Frances Townsend, former White House assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, moderated by Aaron Brown, anchor of PBS Wide Angle.

*Monday, April 26th
Location: Monterey Conference Center in the Steinbeck Forum
Time: 12:15 – 4:00 PM
Our Politics: Does Bipartisanship Have a Future? with Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, and James Carville, former presidential advisor and political consultant, moderated by Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for National Public Radio.

*Monday, May 17th
Location: Golden State Theater, Monterey, CA
Time: 12:15 – 4:00 PM
Our Environment: Can We Save the Planet that Sustains Us? With Al Gore, former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.

Friday, March 12, 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 March 19 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
DAY 2: Friday March 26 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Held at Cabrillo College in room 506

This is a 2-day class. Please be prepared to attend both days.
Additional workshop dates are April 16 & 23 and May 7 & 14.

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

Workforce Santa Cruz County Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 11, 2010

CalWORKs On-Campus Work-Study Students

Timecards for all hours worked on-campus must be submitted to the Fast Track To Work Office on time for you to receive your paycheck on time. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The pay period is from the 20th of a month through the 19th of the next month. You must complete your timecard with the correct budget numbers, hours worked, hourly rate, total pay due and get your direct supervisor's signature. Turn in your completed timecards to the Fast Track To Work Office by 5:00 on the 19th. We will forward it to the Financial Aid Office and they will send them on to Payroll after the timecard has been audited. Blank yellow timecards are available from your supervisor or the Student Employment Office.

If you follow these instructions you will be paid on time and your check will be available for pickup at the college bank around the 10th of the following month. There are a few exceptions to these due dates around any holiday or semester break. Ask your supervisor for more information. If you do not follow these instructions, you will not receive your check until the following month. There are no payroll advances.

Remember if you drop below 6 units for the Spring semester, you must stop working immediately. Dropping below 6 units and failure to complete those units with a passing grade may preclude future employment as a student employee. See the Student Employment Handbook for more information.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Need Help Paying Your PG&E Bill?

PG&E has several great financial assistance programs to help.

CARE and FERA Programs provide a monthly discount on energy bills for income qualified households and housing facilities.

Energy Partners provides income-qualified customers FREE energy education, weatherization measures and energy-efficient appliances to reduce gas and electric usage. Even if you rent your home you can get help with this program, with your landlord's approval. They will benefit too with improvements made to their house.

REACH is a one-time energy-assistance program for those who have experienced an uncontrollable or unforeseen hardship. You may receive an energy credit up to $200.

Third-Party Notification can help if you care for a relative, friend or client who could overlook paying his or her PG&E bill because of illness, financial hardship, language difficulties, or other issues. PG&E will notify you or any other person designated as a third party when the person you're concerned about ever receives a late notice due to an unpaid PG&E bill.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 4th General Assembly to Defend Public Education

Everyone is invited to join!

March 4th General Assembly to Defend Public Education
Location: Quad (in front of the 100 building)
Time: 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Activity: Student and Faculty Speakers will present their views on budget cuts and the impact on students. Sign-ups to ride the bus for the "March in March" to Sacramento on March 22 will also take place. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are all welcome to ride the buses to Sacramento. This is a good time to reserve your space.

Sponsored by the Cabrillo Solidarity Club

For more information contact faculty advisor to the Cabrillo Solidarity Club
David Lau,, 831 227 8538