Empowering Student Success
Cabrillo College empowers students to be effective communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible world citizens. With a commitment to quality and equity, we connect all learners to pathways that propel them from where they are to where they aspire to be, including: academic, personal, and career growth.
Cabrillo College improves the world, one student at a time.
A Welcoming Place
Through a set of values shared by faculty and staff, we're able to create a learning environment where students of all kinds can reach their education goals.
We provide an excellent and safe learning environment that enhances a student's experience in the accumulation of knowledge, the sharing of ideas, and the celebration of achievement both within the classroom and throughout the college's community of learners.
We commit to creating the best educational environment for students and providing quality programs and services that promote their diverse and evolving needs as they progress toward their individual educational goals.
We are committed to cultivating an inclusive teaching and learning environment by providing equitable support, access, and opportunities for success emphasizing historically underrepresented and emerging student populations.
We encourage and support the open exchange of ideas nurtured through respect, trust, and consideration of differences.
We do the right thing for our students, Cabrillo faculty and staff, vendors, and community partners regardless of any perceived scrutiny.
We recognize that we are part of the Central Coast community and do not take the generosity and support of that community for granted.
We strive to hold each member of the Cabrillo community in esteem, based on the far-reaching potential of each individual, the diverse and often unrecognized journeys and achievements of each person, and the fundamental dignity of every human being.
We are committed to taking ongoing actions that make Cabrillo a more environmentally sustainable organization on every level.
We understand that we are connected to the wider world through the students who leave the area or study abroad, foreign students who attend Cabrillo, groups and organizations that represent us as they tour, and through the domestic and international guests who come to Cabrillo to participate in events and programs.
Building a Foundation
We are dedicated to providing the best faculty, staff, facilities, and resources possible in order to help all of our students master 'core four' major skills that they need to succeed both personally and professionally:
Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and/or Conversing
Critical Thinking and Information Competency:
Analysis, Computation, Research, and Problem Solving
An appreciation of Scientific Processes, Global Systems and Civics, and Artistic Variety
Personal Responsibility and Professional Development:
Self-Management and Self-Awareness, Social and Physical Wellness, Workplace Soft Skills
Cabrillo is a Special Place
In January, our Engineering Department takes students to Guatemala to put their Engineering skills to work building water and farming systems.
Founded in 1959
Cabrillo College was founded in 1959 as part of an ambitious higher education plan for Santa Cruz County. Along with UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo was part of a broad vision to bring post-secondary education into the area.
Today, we have expanded from our original class size of just 400 students to serving more than 17,000 students per year in two locations.
Leadership and Governance
Cabrillo College is led by Dr. Matthew Wetstein who serves as Superintendent and President. Matt holds a BA from the University of St. Francis in Illinois, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. He is a statewide leader in the Research and Planning Community for California Community Colleges, having spent six years on their board and two years as President. He spent six years as a reviewer and one year as Chair of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges peer review team.
Matt started his career in 1996 as a Political Science Instructor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. Prior to his time at Cabrillo, he served for six years as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction and Planning at San Joaquin Delta College.
Board of Trustees
Our Governing Board consists of representatives from seven areas across all of Santa Cruz County along with a Student Trustee who represents enrolled students.
We Serve Students at Two Locations
Aptos, CA 95003
Watsonville, CA 95076