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John Robertson
Computer Applications/Business Technology
Aptos and Watsonville Computer Technology Center (CTC) labs

About John

I'm a scrappy, resourceful, do-it-yourselfer with a passion for music, science, business, data, coffee, cacti, old-school gaming, and people. I joined Cabrillo College to help students realize their goals, dreams, and highest form of self.

I grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains where my saxophone was free to echo through the ridges and canyons. I moved to the Los Angeles area in 2006 to pursue music. In Southern CA, I worked in eclectic roles, often overlapping: jazz musician, investment analyst, music equipment repair, recruiter, real estate analyst, college counselor, and teacher.

In all the positions I held, it was teaching that truly resonated with me. After returning to the Santa Cruz area in 2016, I embraced teaching full-time. This pivot marked a significant shift from Always Be Closing to working directly to better people's lives — something I can actually wake up excited to do!

I am currently completing a MSc Applied Economics at Purdue.

I love meeting people and I'd love to meet you. Come find me in the classroom or the CTC and let's chat about music, math, business, or argue over the best tacos in town.


Office & Lab Hours

I am in the Watsonville CTC Computer Lab Thursday 4 PM to 8 PM, where you can reach me live over the CTC Zoom line if I'm not helping someone in person. (Join via cabrillo.edu/ctc)

Office hours are held per class:

  • CABT-160 Tuesday before class (507)

  • CABT-101-AMAP Tuesday before and after class (HW2210)

  • CABT-108 Wednesday 9 AM virtually via "TechConnect Zoom" in Canvas

  • CABT-43 and 44, Thursday before class (507)


See above for embedded contact links. Email is the best mode of contact; phone is not closely monitored. Students currently enrolled in my courses should message me directly through Canvas.