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

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


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


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.

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

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 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 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.