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About Cabrillo Advancement Program


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About CAP

The Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) is a scholarship and enrichment program designed to prevent the drop out of low-income students at the middle school and secondary level. The overall goal of the program is to increase the enrollment and success of low-income students at Cabrillo College.

The program began in 1991 at E.A. Hall Middle School with twelve (12) recipients and ten (10) alternates in the first year. Since then, it has expanded and has participants in eleven schools throughout Santa Cruz County. Currently participating schools included E.A. Hall Middle, Lakeview Middle, Shoreline Middle, Mission Hill Jr. High, Pajaro Middle, Rolling Hills Middle, Harbor High, Santa Cruz High, Soquel High, Pajaro Valley High, and Watsonville High.

The program is jointly sponsored by Cabrillo College and the Cabrillo College Foundation. CAP scholarships are funded through a growing endowment, which provides funding for scholarships at $2,000 each. The scholarships are interest bearing and are not redeemable until the student graduates from high school and enrolls at Cabrillo College.

The scholarship component of the program is complemented by enriched activities designed to develop the attitudes and skill levels necessary for academic success. Through collaboration with the six middle schools and presently with five high schools, CAP has been able to provide the following services though its various components:

After School Tutoring Program

After school tutoring services are provided at all the schools. Each school site has a tutor providing instructional assistance to CAP recipients and alternates. Tutors have a strong background in math, language arts, and science.

Counseling Services

A key element of the CAP program is the individual counseling of students. The CAP counselor visits all the schools on a regular basis to monitor student academic progress and provides career and guidance counseling.

Saturday Academies

Bimonthly academies are planned for the entire school year. Recipients and alternates are invited to attend the enrichment workshops provided by guest speakers.

Parent Education

Establishing a reciprocal relationship between the CAP program, school, and parents is an important factor in the success of CAP students. Workshops are held throughout the year for parents to assist them in taking an active role in their children's education.

Summer Leadership Institute

Participants are invited to attend a weeklong institute. The institute takes place on the on the Cabrillo College campus. Workshops on decision-making, goal setting, values clarification, leadership development, and planning for success are facilitated by the CAP counselor, teachers, and presenters.


For more information on CAP contact Liz Dominguez, Coordinator/Counselor 479-6526


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