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Discover your Passion

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“The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.”
                                        —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Are you one of those people who always knew what they wanted to be when they grew up? Probably not. Don’t worry, you’re in good company.

Many of our students enter Cabrillo without any plan for how they will turn their education into a career. Others may have a particular job in mind, but it’s not something that really excites them. The good news is we can help you discover your passion.

Working with a counselor, you can:

  • Explore your options
  • Identify your strengths
  • Learn whether what you love doing can be the basis of your career plan

We’re proud of the fact that breakthroughs happen at Cabrillo. We’ve had students uncover a love of geography…or find that they’re good at the performing arts…or that they have a head for business.

You, too, can experience an “Aha!” moment—one that gives you insight into your true passion in life. Our counselors are incredible people who have a keen eye and many resources for identifying your talents. Our instructors are fully engaged with you in the learning process and can open new doors for you.

It’s okay to come to Cabrillo without a specific plan for your education. We’re here to help you define and start your journey.

If you do what you love, it never feels like work.

What We Offer

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Discover Your Passion Here

We're proud of the fact that breakthroughs happen at Cabrillo. We've had so many students discover theirs here.  Read more >

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Our Faculty and Staff

Among the strengths of Cabrillo College is our ability to attract and support excellent faculty and staff. Read more >

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Campus Life

The more you are actively involved in campus life, the greater success you’ll have in college, no matter what your goals.  Read more >

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Job Skills

There are a lot of reasons to come to Cabrillo. Whatever your educational goal, we can help.  Read more >

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Monterey Bay Area

There are few locations more beautiful or compelling to earn your degree or certificate than in the Monterey Bay Area of California.  Read more >

Students Speak Out

What students say about Cabrillo College:


"Both the small class sizes and diverse student body have helped me decide that Cabrillo College is where I want to continue my education!"-Katie
Communication Studies


"The classes and teachers here at Cabrillo are very engaging and not afraid to tackle tough concepts!"-Santiago


"In addition to a wide range of green classes available, Cabrillo College has a variety of professors with vital real world experience."-Kyle


"I really enjoy the campus, particularly the Cabrillo Gallery. This makes it feel not just like a school, but also a nice place to spend your time."-Shawn


"Cabrillo College and the Honors Program have successfully helped prepare me for my Fall transfer to SF State. "-Casey


"Cabrillo is a great place to start. The flexibility of class schedules has allowed me to work while attending college."-Michael
Early Childhood Education


"I love the new photography lab and the various student services available here at Cabrillo!"-Rachel
Art Photography


"In addition to a great campus environment, Cabrillo College is home to an exceptional culinary program."-Anthony,
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Mngmnt


"The teachers at Cabrillo are very informed and can often help you with career opportunities in your field."-Charlotte


"I am impressed by Cabrillo College’s affordability and the learning resources available such as the Math Learning Center and the Writing Center."-Dustin


"I really enjoy the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Cabrillo."-Tori


"In addition to a wide range of green classes available, Cabrillo College has a variety of professors with vital real world experience."-Rory
Construction & Energy Management


"What I love about Cabrillo College is the central location and small class sizes!"-Milo

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