When Josue M. started at Cabrillo, he took Etech 75 - Building Information Modeling (BIM/Revit). In that class, he realized that he really enjoyed engineering design, 3D modeling, and prototyping. He then left Cabrillo to earn a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Post-graduation he returned to Cabrillo's Etech program in preparation for entering the employment market because he knew that he could acquire current, in-depth hands-on job skills there.
Josue says, "It was a cascading effect, from taking the first class to securing my current Santa Cruz-based job in the engineering industry that I'm very passionate about."
He later completed a Masters' degree.
Mayra V. has been participating in a wide range of courses at Cabrillo College while also working in food service and retail. These jobs have merits, but they don't pay a Santa Cruz living wage or offer much potential for career advancement, according to Mayra.
“Giving the Cabrillo Etech program a try turned out to be life-changing for me because the program taught me the necessary skills to find employment in engineering design, which offers the financial security and career longevity that are important to me. I also discovered that learning by doing is the best way for me to truly learn and develop expertise,” says Mayra.
Computer numerical controlled equipment can be cost prohibitive. Mayra would not have been able to learn valuable skills so quickly if not for the amazing Etech lab. And she feels that all of the machinery and software would not be very useful without the endless patience and support from the welcoming teachers and aids.