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Career Education


By enrolling in a Career Education program, you will gain the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in well-paying, high-demand careers. Career Education prepares students for success in the workplace with high-quality academic content coupled with hands-on learning opportunities.

All Career Education programs are reviewed every two years to ensure that there are job opportunities in our region – providing even more confidence that your time and investment are well spent!

Concerned about the cost of college? Cabrillo can work with you to determine financial assistance; possibly 100% of costs covered. Visit the Student Resource Support Network to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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Career Education Programs

We offer 24 different Career Education programs, some of which are part of a continuing CTE Pathway from our Santa Cruz County high schools. However, we offer these programs to students of all ages. Whether you are just out of high school, took a break after high school, looking to change careers, or up-skill to advance your current career, Cabrillo is here to get you on your way.

Cabrillo offers a selection of Certificates of Achievement, Skills Certificates, and degrees that prepare students for employment in a specific field or career advancement in your field of study. Most can be completed in one to two years, and some in as little as one semester. Some degrees are transferable to a UC or CSU.

Many exciting internships and work experiences are available as well – giving you credit for working in your field of study. The Student Employment and Internship Center provides students and alumni access and support for seeking professional experience via multiple online platforms.

For detailed information about a program, contact the program's department, or meet with a counselor.

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Career Coach

You can also explore Career Pathways using Cabrillo's Career Coach, a user-friendly and interactive tool that allows current and prospective students to browse Cabrillo programs and majors by Career and Academic Pathway (CAP), explore careers related to their majors, find jobs, create resumes, explore salaries, and take career assessments to guide them toward more thoughtful career exploration.

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High School Students

Take college classes while you're in high school!

Through Cabrillo's dual enrollment program, high school students attend classes at Cabrillo for free, with the permission of their high school and parents. Dual enrollment allows you to earn credit toward a college degree or certificate, take classes that aren't available at your high school, or to try something new!

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