Friday, March 27, 2015

Inexpensive Eye Glasses

Take a look at Zenni Optical for a nice choice of inexpensive glasses. Upload a photo and "try them on."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Seeking Success in College... and in Life???

Join Sean Covey, New York Times Best Selling Author and Executive Vice President of FranklinCovey for an overview of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students"

Monday, March 30th @ 1pm PDT
Tuesday, March 31st @ 11am PDT
Wednesday, April 1st @ 8am PDT
Thursday, April 2nd @ 9am PDT

Register online:

Please provide verification of attendance if you want to count the hour on your HAR.

Do You Have An Appointment to Petition for Graduation?

Please bring the form/s with you to your appointment. Fill out your personal information at the top of the form. Use Student Planning in WebAdvisor to fill in your classes. You do not need to fill in unit information for the classes.
Also, these blank petition forms are saved on the desktops of the student computers in the Fast Track To Work lobby.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Mobile App for CalJOBS

The California Employment Development Department is pleased to announce a more convenient way to search for employment with the launch of the CalJOBS Mobile Application for smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices

The CalJOBS Mobile Application is an extension of the CalJOBS website offering job seekers access to thousands of job postings with the ability to conduct job searches and apply for jobs from their mobile device. Job seekers can search by location or keyword, filter results by occupation, expand job listings to review position details, map job locations, set up notifications when new job opportunities are available, and even share job search activity via e-mail or social media.

The CalJOBS Mobile Application is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Search for the keyword “caljobs” to download the app at no cost.

2015 Spring Job Fair!

This year's Spring Job fair is Wednesday March 25 at the Cocoanut Grove by the Santa Cruz Beach/Boardwalk.
  • Event runs from 4:00pm to 7:30pm.
  • Floor access for persons with disabilities begins at 3:30pm.
  • Participants register here

Workshop: Test Anxiety

March 27
1:00 PM
Room 804

Nervous when taking a test? Learn strategies to manage test anxiety. This workshop sponsored by EOPS and open to all students.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Student Senate Ballot Measure

Cabrillo continues to be mindful of the needs of ALL of its students, and our interests are for the good of the student body as a whole. Recent assumptions and a ballot measure brought forth by the Student Senate Vice President and a coalition of the Cabrillo Student Senate members threaten to untangle decades of positive collaboration built between the students, staff, faculty and administration at Cabrillo College, and have, to date, cost Cabrillo College between $30,000 and $50,000 in attorney’s fees as well as staff time that could otherwise be dedicated to providing student services.

In addition to the financial cost to the College (in a time when the College is faced with budget reductions), the Ballot Measure placed on the Student Senate Agenda by the Vice President and the coalition for vote this coming Thursday has severe implications for the entire Cabrillo Student Body. The Ballot measure proposes to eliminate funding for Cabrillo Classified Staff positions that currently provide necessary and widely used student services. The tone of the Ballot Measure is a charge-back model that is worded in such a way that the amount could be changed at any point in time.

At the Student Senate's request, the Classified student activities coordinator position has already been reduced from 40 hours per week to 17 hours per week, and cannot possibly implement and oversee all of the below mentioned services while attending 5 hours of Senate and Club meetings per week, in the reduced 17-hour per week allocation.

If this Ballot Measure is passed by the Senate and ratified by the Student Body, Cabrillo College could not hire the additional staff needed to implement and oversee the following services, leading to their severe reduction or elimination next year. The services reduced or potentially eliminated would include:
            -Borrow-A-Book Program
            -SAC Cards
            -Metro Passes
            -Food Pantry
            -Faculty/Staff Grants
            -Emergency Student Loans
            -Student Club Advising
            -Textbooks on Reserve
            -MLK Day
            -Vendors/Services in Quad
            -Thanksgiving Dinners
            -Elimination of 6-8 Student Assistant Positions (due to lack of supervision)

The Student Senate has proposed they would hire student assistants to perform the aforementioned functions, however, according to BP/AP 5420, students cannot hire or supervise student employees. So an additional consequence of this Ballot Measure's passage is that it would limit employment opportunities for our students.

We urge the Student Senate to think carefully before passing this Ballot Measure, which would have adverse and far-reaching implications for the whole of the Cabrillo Student Body, the audience whose interests the Senators are elected to represent. We also encourage you and your fellow students, to investigate this Ballot Measure further and to talk about its future implications. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Graduating in May?

Attention students completing this semester! Did you know you can participate in graduation ceremonies for Certificates of Achievement and Skills Certificates in addition to AS/AA degrees?

You must complete your petition with an academic counselor at Fast Track To Work or the General Counseling Office or if you are a ASC or EOPS student, they can help you.

Graduation Ceremony Information
RSVP to walk in Ceremony

April 17 - Deadline to complete a petition to graduate with Fast Track To Work counselor.

April 24 - Deadline to complete a petition to graduate and have your name in the graduation program.

May 8 - Deadline to complete a petition to graduate for Certificates and Degrees.

May 20 - Deadline to RSVP to walk in the graduation ceremony.

May 22 - Graduation Rehersal 4:00 p.m. in the gym
              Ceremony 6:00 p.m. @ Cabrillo's Football Stadium.

Scan Your VCC Card

Every time you visit Fast Track, please remember to scan your teal and purple Workforce Santa Cruz County Career Center card. If you do not have a card, tell us and we will show you how to sign up.

We must track the number of students we provide services to. The future funding of our programs depend on YOU!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Workshop: Custody, Divorce, Restraining Orders

March 13
12:00 noon
SAC West #202

FTTW in partnership with the Superior Court of Santa Cruz. How can you work through custody, divorce and restraining issues.  This workshop will not provide specific legal advise for your case, it is presented to give you information on the court process.

Spring 2015 Workshops

April 17th Workshop is cancelled.
April 22 Workshop, Interview Preparation is now in room SAC E 225.

Click here for a PDF

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Yellow Pages Opt-Out

There is no point of delivering a print directory to someone who does not want one. To make the choice to limit or stop the delivery of Yellow Pages print directories to your home, go to

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Emergency Drill Today

A reminder that Cabrillo College is conducting an Active Shooter drill to test our Emergency Preparedness system and protocols, today from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Classes are not cancelled and disruption will be minimal. The classroom portion of the drill will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Please sign up for the new Emergency Text Alert Service, e2Campus. Those who were previously subscribed to AlertU have been transitioned over to e2Campus automatically. All new subscribers, text CABRILLO to 79516.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cabrillo Alert Messaging System

Cabrillo's AlertU Text Messaging System was unexpectedly canceled by our service provider.

A test message was sent out via text last week. If you did not receive it, please enroll into the new system as soon as possible by doing the following: Send a text to 79516 with the message CABRILLO.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tips for Caring for Yourself

Tips For Taking Care of Yourself ---
1. Make time for yourself and get regular breaks.
You may experience less anger and depression and, as a result, fewer unhealthy physiological responses to those emotions.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Some people may feel that asking for help is admitting they can’t handle the demands Give yourself credit for all that you are doing, recognize the size and number of responsibilities you are carrying, and then ask a family member or friend to share the load.

3. Find healthy ways to relieve stress.
Exercise, meditate, listen to music, read a good book, take a hot bath and try to create some calm.

4. When you feel stuck, try just one thing.
If your situation seems overwhelming and you feel helpless in the face of it, identify just one positive action you can take and then do it.

Are You Attending School in Fall 2015?

Apply for FAFSA now for the 2015-2016 school year (Fall '15 thru Summer '16) if you are planning on attending Cabrillo next Fall. All Fast Track To Work students must apply each year. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

When filling out your application, remember to fill in Cabrillo College's Federal School Code 001124 so Cabrillo will receive your information electronically from the federal processor. If you are interested in work-study, be sure to check that box also.

Can't Find Previous Tax Returns? You can order a transcript of your previous year's tax return from the IRS.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Financial Aid Information

The Spring 2015 disbursement will be made on March 26th.

Here's a great guide for Financial Aid. Four pages with LOTS of information!

If you want more information on Financial Aid and Scholarships, download this handbook.