STARS First Year Experience (FYE):
Learning Communities Program

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Be part of a Learning Community and learn how to be a Successful Student at Cabrillo College!!!

STARS Orientation: Students who attend ONE of the following orientations will be guaranteed admission to STARS: (space is limited)

Tuesday, April 22, 4:00-5:00 pm Watsonville Center - Room A-150

Wednesday, April 23, 4:00-5:00 pm Aptos Campus - Room 454


STARS Learning Communities for 2014-2015

1) STARS First Year Experience: General Education and transfer

     (placement in English 100 and Math 154 required)

2) STARS Math Review to Retest (RTR): General Education

     (placement in English 100 and Math 254 with score of 20 or higher)

3) STARS First Year Experience: General Education - focus on writing and computer skills certificate

     (placement in English 255 and Math 254 or 154)



The STARS First Year Experience program is designed to give you tools and the support necessary to be a successful student. Here are some of the highlights of the STARS First Year Experience Program:

  • Early / Priority Class Registration- convenient block schedule and guaranteed enrollment
  • Take English and math courses required to begin a career or major
  • Make new friends – take classes together and meet other students and teachers at Cabrillo!
  • Summer Bridge Program – 1 to 2-week program geared to jump start your introduction to college
  • Introduction to College, College Success and Career Planning courses
  • Math Tutoring and Extra Support through Supplemental Instruction
  • Activities and STARS Club events (career workshops, club activities, study skills workshops, etc.)
  • Guest Speakers and field trips related to STEM and Education careers and educational choices
  • First Year Experience Faculty - caring and committed instructors dedicated to student success


The STARS First Year Experience program is designed to prepare you for academic success and to help you in selecting the career path that is right for you. You can join the program if you plan to be a full-time student. Starting a new educational journey at Cabrillo College can be exciting and overwhelming. That is why Cabrillo has created a First Year Experience (FYE) program. The STARS Learning Community links people with support programs that create a path to college success!

Eligibility and How to Join the Program: You must do the following three steps to become part of the STARS First Year Experience Learning Community.

  1. Compete a Cabrillo College application (you must apply to the Fall 2014 term).
  2. Take the Math and English college assessment exams: Students will need to place in the following levels to be eligible. Please check each learning community above for specific requirements.

Priority to enroll in the STARS program is given to students who are interested in

  • completing an Associates Degree at Cabrillo or transferring to a four-year university
  • being a full-time student (12 units or more per semester)
  • have not attended college full-time within the last three years or have less than 15 attempted units
  • want support in the successful transition to Cabrillo during their first year
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