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About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the State for its success in the areas of transfer and career education. Since the fall of 1959, when the College first opened its doors, hundreds of thousands of Santa Cruz County residents have received an outstanding education at Cabrillo College. Faculty and staff are committed to providing excellent student-centered education and services. Through a competitive application process, Cabrillo College is one of only twenty California Community Colleges selected to participate in the California Guided Pathways Project. The Guided Pathways Project will focus on an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success by creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality post secondary credentials and careers.

The College is governed by an experienced and supportive seven-member District-elected Board of Trustees and one Student Trustee. Thanks to an $118.5 million bond measure approved by voters in 2004, the College has made significant upgrades, including the LEED Platinum-certified, Solari Green Technology Center in Watsonville (2012); the new Health and Wellness Complex (2011); the Visual, Applied and Performing Arts (VAPA) Complex (2009); and the Samper Student Activities Center (2007) which houses a one-stop-shop Welcome Center, as well as an extensive remodeling of existing laboratories, classrooms, infrastructure, roads, walkways, and buildings. In fall 2013, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and private funding, Cabrillo opened its new building and laboratory with dedicated space for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.

Cabrillo students intending to transfer benefit from the College’s close proximity to four-year universities including the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), California State University (CSU) Monterey Bay, and CSU San Jose. The college has 194 full-time contract faculty, 379 adjunct faculty, 221 classified staff, and 43 managers and administrators, all of whom are encouraged to be part of the participatory governance process. More than 13,200 students are actively enrolled for classes each semester. Like most other California Community Colleges, Cabrillo’s enrollment has experienced a slight decline in recent years. The College’s annual budget is approximately $62 million.

Comprehensive information about Cabrillo College can be found in the Cabrillo College 2016 Factbook and in the Cabrillo College Student Success Scorecard.


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