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Cabrillo College: 60 Years of Student Success

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Cabrillo College is celebrating 60 years of preparing our community’s students, veterans and working professionals for lifelong success. With the cost of four-year college at an all-time high, our community relies on Cabrillo to provide affordable higher education and job training. To keep pace with academic standards in higher education, Cabrillo needs to expand classrooms and update facilities to remain a leader in student transfers and workforce preparation.

Learning Spaces for 21st-Century Careers

Many local students earn their degree affordably by taking standard core classes at Cabrillo College before transferring to a four-year university. Facility improvements are needed to maintain high-quality foundational classes like science and English, while also making Cabrillo more accessible to everyone.

Cabrillo College students are among the state’s highest performers in nursing and other training programs. However, Cabrillo’s out-of-date vocational classrooms need upgrades to enhance job training programs and ensure graduates are ready for 21st-century careers.

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Repairs and Upgrades to Classrooms and Facilities

The State does not provide funding to update aging college infrastructure, and many of Cabrillo College’s classrooms have not been upgraded in more than 50 years. Updates are needed for urgent repairs to leaky roofs, aging bathrooms and outdated plumbing and wiring to make facilities clean and safe for learning.

Local Funding to Improve Cabrillo College

To continue providing local students with quality education and job training programs, the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees is considering placing a $274 million bond measure on the March 2020 ballot. If passed, this measure would:

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  • Upgrade training classrooms to prepare students for 21st-century careers
  • Prepare more students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities
  • Improve educational resources for returning veterans
  • Update classroom technology and science, engineering and math labs
  • Expand access to college classrooms for people with disabilities
  • Upgrade aging classrooms and replace outdated wiring and sewer lines
  • Establish a public safety training center in Watsonville to train local firefighters and police to serve our community

Mandatory Fiscal Accountability

All funds from a potential local funding measure would be spent here at Cabrillo College and could never be taken by the State:

  • Independent oversight and annual audits would ensure funds are spent as promised
  • This potential measure would cost $19 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value

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