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.


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


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.