Friday, December 21, 2012

How To Verify Enrollment for Unemployment Insurance Claim Forms

This is the process for the student self-service system to verify school enrollment for Unemployment Insurance claim forms. You may use this verification during break since we cannot sign your forms.
  • Login to WebAdvisor
  • Under the Academic Profile section, click on Verifications via NSC
  • On the NSC Self-Service Link page, click on Enrollment Verification button
  • Make sure the Current enrollment circle is selected and click on the option Obtain an enrollment certificate
  • A Current Enrollment Verification Certificate pdf will download and open
  • Print this and submit with your Claim form

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winter Break Closure

The main Cabrillo Aptos Campus, as well as the Watsonville and Scotts Valley Centers will be closed Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 through Sunday, January 6th, 2013. We will return on January 7th.

In addition, the campus will be closed on January 11 and 18 for furlough days.

Need Food?

CalFresh - California Food Stamp Program

The CalFresh Program assists low income individuals, families and households to purchase nutritional food. You do not have to be on welfare to get food stamp benefits. There are eligibility requirements to receive food stamp benefits, and the benefit amount is determined on the size of your family and financial need. For more information:
  • CalFresh website
  • Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits
  • Phone  888-421-8080
  • 1020 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz or 119 West Beach Street, Watsonville

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.

CalWORKs Hourly Activity Reports

Remember, the entire Cabrillo campus will be closed from December 22 through January 6th. Turn in your December activity report to the Fast Track office after we have returned from break on January 7th and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gas card!

The Hourly Activity Record form for January is now available.
January 16 - 31
Previous month forms can be found at the bottom of the CalWORKs page of our website.

Scholarship for Veterans

The Veteran's Employment Assistance Program has a limited number of $2,500 scholarships for healthcare training.
  • Service-Connected Disabled Veterans
  • Recently-Separated Veterans
  • Campaign Veteran
  • Veterans with Significant Barriers
  • Eligible Spouses
Contact Jeremy O. Lansing for more information. 
(831) 430-6453
JLansing@scgoodwill.org

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

HOURLY ACTIVITY RECORDS

HAR's for the month of December, will be due at FTTW on JANUARY 7th.

Cabrillo College and FTTW will be closed for the Winter Holidays 
December 21st, 2012 - January 4th, 2013

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Come and celebrate the Holidays with us! 
We will have light refreshments and a gift for the FTTW kids.
Join us Wednesday, December 12th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Fast Track Office.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The FTTW Student Club meeting (MAX Co-Op) that is happening TODAY.

Please join us Monday, December 10th at 3:30pm  We will be meeting in SAC West Rm #214.  That room is upstairs above our office.


We know it's FINALS week, but we hope you can spare just 1 hour to take care of yourself. We will have a guest speaker sharing information on Nutrition, and food choices that will keep us strong and healthy during times of high stress...(ie. FINALS, and the Holidays.) We will also do a relaxation exercise, and have a door prize.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Did You Register for Spring Classes?

You should be registered for your Spring 2013 classes by now. If you haven't, do it today! Classes are filling up quickly!

Stop by our office if you need some help.

Fast Track Holiday Party is Next Week!

Students! We're looking forward to seeing you and your children next Wednesday at our office for the Holiday Open House!
  • Food, laughter, and fun guaranteed!
  • Gifts for Fast Track Student's children! 
 
December 12, 2012 
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

R.S.V.P. fasttrack@cabrillo.edu
 
Students: If you can't come to the Open House on the 12th, be sure to stop by another time to pick up a gift for each of your children. Bring your children with you if you can!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Can We Reach You?

Please remember to let Fast Track know whenever your address, phone numbers, or email have changed. It's easy! Just shoot us an email at fasttrack@cabrillo.edu.

Emergency Notification via Your Cell Phone

Cabrillo has an emergency notification system that will be activated when necessary to inform students if classes are cancelled due to an event or emergency. You can sign up for this notification service by clicking on the link below. For notification of a larger emergency, you can sign up for the county-wide notification system below.

Cabrillo College is now offering an SMS-based emergency notification service for your mobile phone. In the event of an emergency, Cabrillo students, staff, faculty and others will be alerted in real-time important security information. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Santa Cruz County: If there is an emergency 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.

Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship seeks out bright, highly motivated, underprivileged women attending Cabrillo College, Hartnell College or Monterey Peninsula College with a strong potential for making a difference, including women who are re-entering the work force.

The program provides one student from each participating college with a $20,000 scholarship over two years. Students must be enrolled in one of the aforementioned community colleges and dedicated to enrolling in and completing their junior and senior years of their college education at a University of California campus.

Award decisions are made by the Board of Directors of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation based on the recommendation of the president of the applicant’s community college.


Download the application.

MAX Co-Op Meeting 12/10

Calling all students!!!!
There will be a MAX Co-Op meeting on Monday, December 10th.
Please join us at 3:30 pm in Rm #214.

Pister Leadership Opportunity Award at UCSC

The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Program at UC Santa Cruz is an extraordinary opportunity for one of Cabrillo's students to be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend UCSC starting in fall 2013. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2013.

To qualify, you should have already submitted your UC application by the November 30 deadline. You should also file your FAFSA no later than the March 2, 2013 deadline.


If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the Transfer Center staff who can help with the application process. 479-6385.

Parenting Positive Discipline Workshops

The Live Oak Family Resource Center is pleased to present their Positive Discipline class and workshop offerings beginning in January 2013.

For parents with children of all ages-- Introduction to Positive Discipline: Learn about this relationship-based method of parenting and walk away with some new, effective parenting tools you can immediately use! A two hour Saturday workshop in English and Spanish.

For parents of young children-- Positive Discipline for Parents of Children 0-5 Years of Age & Disciplina Positiva para Padres con Niños 0-5 Años de Edad: fun experiential and interactive 8 week class series that take into account the latest in brain research

To register or for more information, please call Lorrie, 476-7284 x 107 (English speakers) or Claudia 476-7284 x 104 (Spanish speakers).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Carpool Options

Are you looking for a ride across town or beyond? Below are are two websites you can use.
Cabrillo's Green Steps program is working with the alternetrides.com site. There are many local carpooling options. Click here and then on the easy online access box  to see a list of rides.
If you are needing a ride out of the county, look at Zimrides. Enter your start and end cities to find someone who is offering a seat in their car. Usually a small fee is charged by the driver.

December Hourly Activity Reports Due

If you are a CalWORKs student, your November Hourly Activity Report (HAR) needs to be turned in to the FTTW office ON or BEFORE December 5th. Please do not send your HAR's to your worker! It only slows down the process.

The blank forms can be found at the bottom of the CalWORKs page of our website or at our office.
 
If you turn in reports on time, your name will be entered into a monthly drawing for a gas gift card.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fast Track Holiday Party!

Tis the Season....to celebrate you! Your hard work is appreciated and we would like to acknowledge all your efforts at a festive holiday gathering!
  • Food, laughter, and fun guaranteed!
  • Children welcome!
  • Gifts for Fast Track Student's children! 
December 12, 20123:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Fast Track To Work office

Students: If you can't come to the Open House on the 12th,
be sure to stop by another time to pick up a gift for each of
your children. Bring your children with you if you can!

Financial Education Workshop

Discover the Keys for Financial Stability and Create an Independent Future

Learn to manage your money and credit
  • What is credit and why is it important?
  • Learn the basics of personal finance
  • Manage your credit and debt
  • Learn simple strategies for improving credit and reducing debt
  • Develop a solid budget
  • Learn to set goals and create a spending plan
Wednesday Dec 5, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
County of Santa Cruz
Office of Human Resources
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz


Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 831-722-1224 to register.
CalWORKs participants should inform their ETS that they plan to attend.
The workshop is presented in English.

Spring Registration Confirmation

After you have registered for your classes, you will receive a confirmation email from Cabrillo acknowledging that you have registered. If you did not receive this email, your registration may not have gone through. Login to WebAdvisor to verify you are registered.
If you need assistance, give us a call or stop by the office.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Job Opening Listings

If you are looking for a job, be sure to check on the indeed.com website.

Production Workers Wanted

  • Work with the most popular companies in Watsonville
  • Possible Long Term Positions
  • Day and Swing Shift Monday - Friday
  • English Required, Bilingual Preferred
  • Looking for people with reliable transportation and flexible hours
  • Education: HS Diploma or Equivalent
Contact Kelly Services
831-477-7537
1471@kellyservices.com

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spring Schedule & WebAdvisor Available Now

WebAdvisor is up again. Also the schedule is available now.

Refer to this post for instructions on how to set up your registration.

Registering for Spring Classes

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Administrative Assistant Job Opening

Threshold Enterprises, Ltd in Scotts Valley is hiring an Administrative Assistant. Day Shift, 7am - 3:30pm

Summary of Job Duties:

The incumbent will be responsible for the flow and management of daily report, spreadsheets, and employee information common to the administrative office of the Distribution Center. This position will report to the Sr. Warehouse Manger and a high level of confidentiality and confidence is imperative. The position requires
heavy computer use, phone use, and various pieces of office machinery.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Aaron Lewis at 831-461-6461. Please let him know that you were referred by Jenna at FTTW. 


Threshold Enterprises, Ltd. Job Openings 

Coastal Watershed Council Job Opening


Community River Champion – Bicultural & Bilingual (Spanish & English)

The Coastal Watershed Council has been awarded a Packard Foundation grant that will support the hiring of CWC’s first dedicated staff person to lead stewardship activities. The individual selected for the Community River Champion fellowship will report to the Executive Director and assume responsibility for developing and implementing all stewardship programs at CWC. The Champion will also coordinate with CWC’s Education Coordinator and Monitoring Coordinator to pursue the organization’s mission: preserving and protecting coastal watersheds through education, stewardship and monitoring. See full job description.

WebAdvisor Maintenance

WebAdvisor and Colleague will be down on Friday, November 16 for scheduled maintenance in preparation for spring 2013 registration. The systems should be available by 10:00am.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Financial Aid Dream Act Presentation

Reminder, there will be a Financial Aid Dream Act presentation on Monday, November 19, 2012. Anyone interested in the information is welcome to attend. The Dream Act allows undocumented students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and be considered to receive state funded grants for the first time, including the BOG Fee waiver. There will also be an immigration attorney available to answer questions regarding deferred action and immigration status questions.

When: November 19, 2012
Where: Aptos Campus
Room:  456, Forum
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
 

Spring 2013 Schedule Online Friday

In order to accommodate getting additional classes in the printed spring 13 schedule of classes (thanks to prop 30), Cabrillo delayed the completion of the schedule by one week. The spring 13 schedule should be on the web by Friday. The schedule will be shipped to the printer that day as well, and the printer is hopeful he will be able to get the printed schedules on campus by our original date.

Thanks for your patience!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Registering for Spring Classes

Spring 2013 classes will be available online and in WebAdvisor on Tuesday November 13. Get everything ready for your registration date/time slot now. Remember you can do this from any computer with internet connection.

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 2013 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 which is like a shopping cart

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 which is like a shopping cart

Your are NOT registered yet! 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, you must do the following:
Log into WebAdvisor a few minutes before your time slot
Select "Register" for the "Action for ALL Pref. Sections"
When your time slot arrives, 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.
Do not wait until your registration time slot has passed - you might not get the classes you need!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Work Study November Pay Day

Just a friendly reminder that if you are going to pick up your pay check at the College Bank, it closes at noon on Friday.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Cabrillo Interactive Map

The IT department just completed a project to setup a street map view of our campus known as ‘cmap’ (Cabrillo Map).   

The following links show the several different map perspectives:
  • From Cabrillo’s home page, under About à Maps & Parking, look for the link called cmap Beta Interactive Map (right side above the images).  Once the map loads use the ‘View All Interiors’ button.  You should see all the building interiors complete with room numbers. Navigate as you would with Google Maps.
  • To see all the interiors without hitting the View button choose: Auto Interiors.
  • To create and ‘pin’ custom links to a particular location on the map, use the Location generator link.

This project was a collaboration effort between IT, FPPO, the Library, and Santa Rosa College.  Hopefully students, staff, and faculty will find value using these maps.  We are waiting for an updated satellite image to complete the Watsonville campus

Ten $10,000 High Achiever Scholarships for CTE Students

The High Achievers Scholarship for CTE students is available again this year! Ten outstanding students will be chosen to receive a $10,000 High Achievers Scholarship for Career Technical Education; $5,000 per year for two years. The scholarships are for exceptional CTE students who intend to complete the CTE program within two years and obtain a job in the career technical field upon graduation from the program. This scholarship is not intended for students who plan to transfer to another college and is for beginning students only. If a student has already fulfilled 25% or more of their classes towards their CTE certification, they are not eligible for the scholarship. The deadline for students to submit the High Achievers Scholarship for CTE applications is December 7, 2012 at 12 p.m. to Financial Aid.

Click here for the guidelines and application for the High Achievers Scholarship for CTE.


Medical Assistant Job Opening

Santa Cruz County is recruiting for bilingual Medical Assistants. Last day to apply is November 15th. Click here for details

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Transcripts Available Online

Cabrillo College continues to move into the 21st Century with the use of more technology to help students.  Students can now order transcripts online.  It is very easy to use. Cabrillo expects that in the next two months they will also be sending electronic transcripts to college and universities throughout the US and Canada.  Thank you to the Admissions and Records and IT staff that have worked very hard to make these improvements happen.

http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/ar/transcripts.html

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Essay Contest!


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay-Scholarship Contest began in 2004, sponsored by George Ow, Jr. in honor of the commemoration of the MLK Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr. sculpture by Barrington McLean. Dr. King espoused social justice, nonviolence, and human rights. He dreamed of an equitable society wherein all people are treated with dignity and respect. His philosophy (that individuals should not be judged by the color of their skin, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, or class, but instead be judged by the content of their character) is still relevant today.
  • All students are encouraged to apply for this 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.
  • SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION and ESSAY by 4:00 PM on DECEMBER 19, 2012 at one of the following locations:
The Student Affairs Office, SAC East 216, Aptos Campus
The Student Resource Center, Room A120, Watsonville Center, until 12/13/12. After 12/13/12, submit your application to office A202.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Deadline to Petition for Graduation

Attention students graduating at the end of this semester!

The deadline to petition for Certificates and Degrees for Fall 2012 graduates is December 7
. 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.

Is Your Ed Plan Up To Date?

Spring registration is just around the corner! You can schedule an appointment with our counselor to make sure your ed plan is correct and has the correct classes for the Spring semester. 

Spring Early Registration for is November 29.

October Hourly Activity Reports Due

If you are a CalWORKs student, your October Hourly Activity Report (HAR) needs to be turned in to the FTTW office ON or BEFORE November 5th.
 
Please do not send your HAR's to your worker! It only slows down the process. The blank forms can be found at the bottom of the CalWORKs page of our website.
 
If you turn in reports on time, your name will be entered into a monthly drawing for a gas gift card.

Monday, October 8, 2012

HigherOne card

If you do not set up your access card, you will receive a paper check in the mail or a credit back to your charge card.

If you have already activated your card, you can have your money direct deposited into your own checking/savings account at another bank
  • Login
  • Choose Refund Preference
  • Select ACH transfer option (to other bank)
  • Enter account information
  • Print the form
  • Fax form to HigherOne, fax # is on the form
Current Address
You must maintain a current email, phone number and mailing address with the college. You can check/update your address in WebAdvisor. Access Cards are mailed to the address on file.

Cabrillo Financial Aid
Activate your card
Fees

Online Learning

Here are some options for online help with classes/homework.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

http://www.khanacademy.org/

http://www.udemy.com/

Friday, October 5, 2012

Our Future Funding Depends on You!


We now have a scanner at the front counter for your Workforce Santa Cruz County Career Center scan cards. Please bring the teal and purple card with you and run it through the scanner each time you visit. All Fast Track To Work students should have a card. 
Don’t have a VCC card?
Sign up at santacruzvcc.com
·   Top left corner, “Everyone is Welcome”
·   Click on “Not Registered?”
·   Create a “User Account”, “Individual”
·   Enter your information
   Get your card from us!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Holiday Job Opportunities

Kohl's Department Store will be holding a hiring event on October 4th and 5th in Capitola. 
If you are interested contact 464-6286 for more information.

Toys R Us is looking for full-time and part-time holiday help.  Apply online at http://www.toysrusinc.com/careers/
There are 11 potential positions available in Santa Cruz.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Women's Opportunity Award

Soroptimist International of Capitola-by-the-Sea is seeking qualified candidates to apply for its 2012 Women's Opportunity Award, which carries a $2,000 cash award.

All women who are heads of households in Santa Cruz County are eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, and are the primary financial support of their families.

Deadline to apply is December 1. Winners will be honored in March.

Soroptimist International Capitola/Application

Monday, October 1, 2012

September Hourly Activity Record

If you are a CalWORKs student, your September Hourly Activity Record (HAR) needs to be turned in to the FTTW office ON or BEFORE October 5th.
 
Please do not send your HAR's to your County worker! We must verify your enrollment in school and then will forward to your worker. The blank October forms can be found at the bottom of the CalWORKs page of our website.
 
If you turn in reports on time, your name will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $50 gas gift card.

Need Food?

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.

Student Planner Calendars

To help you stay organized this year, we have some wonderful student academic planners for our wonderful students! If you haven't already picked yours up, be sure to ask us about it when you stop by!

Emergency Notification via Your Cell Phone

Last winter Cabrillo's Aptos campus lost power due to high winds. The emergency notification system was activated to inform students that evening classes were cancelled. You can sign up for this notification service by clicking on the link below. For notification of a larger emergency, you can sign up for the county-wide notification system below.

Cabrillo College is now offering an SMS-based emergency notification service for your mobile phone. In the event of an emergency, Cabrillo students, staff, faculty and others will be alerted in real-time important security information. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Santa Cruz County: 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.

Spring 2013 Calendar

The calendar for the Spring 2013 semester is up on the website. Here's a link. Notice, priority registration is November 26th and the semester starts on February 11.

Note, this link also shows dates for the Winter 2013 session. There will be just a few online courses like we had for Winter 2012, not a full regular session.

Spring '13 Advanced Medical Assisting Program

We are now accepting applications for the Advanced Medical Assisting Program starting in Spring 2013. If you are interested, please come to our office and fill out the application.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Job opportunity...

Are you 18-24?  Are you English/Spanish bilingual?
Are you enrolled in at least 6 college units? 
Are you looking for part time employment with GREAT pay?  
If so, contact Jenna at FTTW for more information.  
Our number is 831-479-6344.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Attention Health Career Students!


  • Are you planning a career in the health occupations?
  • Would you like to learn about career opportunities, develop your leadership skills and gain hands-on experience with patients at Dominican Hospital?
  • Have you taken at least one pre-requisite course for an Allied Health program, OR, completed at least 3 transfer level courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better?
You may be eligible THIS YEAR for a scholarship and internship in the Health Career Academy and Scholarship Program.

Offered by Dominican Hospital and Cabrillo College, the program is designed for students with demonstrated academic success and clear goals of choosing a career path in the health occupations. Students from under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply. Scholarship support of $3,000 will be awarded to successful participants.

Beginning October 2012, students will receive instruction about health career opportunities. During Spring 2013 semester, they will participate in 240 hours of clinical internship in the Health and Rehabilitation Department at Dominican Hospital and at the Santa Cruz Rotacare clinic. APPLY NOW!!

SCHOLARSHIP and PROGRAM APPLICATION DUE:
Friday, September 28, 2012 at NOON

From the Cabrillo Home Page, go to Admissions and then to Financial Aid. Scroll down on the left to Scholarship Binder. Look for #17, Health Career Academy and Scholarship Program.

For program information: Email Debora Bone, debone@cabrillo.edu.