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Cabrillo MESA/STEM Counselor Corner
To apply to be a MESA member... make a counseling appointment! Sign-in binder is located outside Rm 832B in the STEM Center, Rm 834.

About Our MESA and STEM Counselors

Christina Ortega, Rudy Puente, and Lauren Cole are our MESA/STEM Counselors this coming Fall semester (Fall 2017). Their hours will be posted below and on their office door (room 832B). Make an appointment to see them using the Counseling Appointment Computer station located within the STEM Center, just outside office room 832C.

Christina Ortega
Fall 2017 hours COMING SOON!

Rudy (Rodolfo) Puente
Fall 2017 hours COMING SOON!

Lauren Cole
Fall 2017 hours COMING SOON!

(831) 479-6503  office
(831) 479-6507 fax

The MESA/STEM Counselor can help you:

  • Sign up for MESA membership
  • Evaluate your transfer units and GPA
  • Develop an educational plan to determine the classes you need to transfer
  • Revise or update your educational plan
  • Research transfer collegs including out-of-state or private schools
  • Assist with university applications
  • Assist with development of your personal statement or essay required for applications
  • Write letters of recommendation
  • Assist with scholarship and internship information
  • Referrals to other resources, on and off campus, or discuss issues that are arising for you as a student at Cabrillo
  • Academic Renewal

Making a Counseling Appointment

How can I make a counseling appointment?

Come to the MESA center, in Room 834 and sign up in the appointment book outside her office door, Rm 832B. 

When are counseling appointments available?

Christina Ortega
Mon 11am - 4pm
Tue 1pm - 4pm

Rudy (Rodolfo) Puente
Thurdays 9am - 3pm

Lauren Cole
Mon 8:30am - 11am
Tue 10:30am - 12:30pm
Wed 8:30am - 11:30am

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Bring your transcripts from all previous colleges to your appointment.  Unofficial copies are ok.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Please call if you must cancel an appointment.  The number is (831) 479-6503.

Are There Some Good Links to Sites with Career Information in Science Fields?

Both of the sites linked to here are great resources for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing and healthcare.typical job duties, profiles of professionals, salary information

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center Information here on 185 degree fields in the sciences--typical job duties, profiles of professionals, salary information, education requirements, networking, and career planning resources. Interviews with professionals who offer candid insight into their own diverse careers

The Career Cafe  This is the California Community College Virtual Career Center and has information from A-Z for lots of majors, not just science.

What is CSU Mentor?

CSUMentor is an online resource designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus to attend, plan to finance higher education, and apply for admission. CSU Mentor >>

Do you want to apply to UC? is where students can apply to any UC campus

Transfer & Career Center

What courses do I need to transfer? is a site to help students look up what courses they need to transfer to a specific four-year university

What courses can I take online at other California community colleges?

Check out for the California Virtual Courses Distance Education Catalog. It allows you to find online classes and degree programs offered by colleges and universities across California. Use the tabs below to filter the catalog by courses, programs, and schools. You may apply for the classes through the respective college websites or through CCCApply.

Frequently Asked Questions

visit our FAQ's page.


Fafsa is the site that allows students to apply for financial aid:


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