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What is a Learning Community?


A Learning Community is a fun, exciting, and supportive learning environment where students:

  • Take a combination of classes that focuses on a special “theme”
  • Build friendships and work closely in teams
  • Interact with supportive students and faculty
  • Learn college/academic survival skills


Research shows that most students who participate in a Learning Community:

  • Pass their courses and have better long-term success
  • Take more college credits overall and Earn higher GPAs
  • Accomplish their career and/or transfer goals
  • Develop lasting friendships and bonds

Learning Communities at Cabrillo

ACE: Academy for College Excellence:

A full time, one semester program designed to accelerate student success through a supportive learning environment and several classes that focus on the areas of team management, self-knowledge, communication, and English.

AMAP: Accelerated Medical Assisting Program:

The fast track to a career as a Certified Medical Assistant in just four semesters.

BIW: Business Information Worker

Every office needs a computer applications expert, and it can be you! Earn a Business Information Worker certificate in only two semesters, and start your career. Develop expertise in Microsoft Office, business technology, and other high demand skills to be ready to work in any business office, while getting the added support of a learning cohort. Members of this learning community are guaranteed enrollment in all required CABT courses.

Puente Project:

Students that desire to transfer to a four year college or university work closely with a career-related mentor and a counselor while learning about US Latino experience and social justice themes.

STARS First Year Experience:

A two semester program that helps student's transition into college, while completing math and English!

Supplemental Instruction (SI):

Other Types of Learning Communities:


The HONORS Transfer Program:

More sophisticated reading assignments, and exposure to more advanced material. Emphasizing challenging writing assignments with an "out-of-the-classroom" approach to material!

Math PLUS:

FREE one-week intensive math review designed to prepare students for their upcoming math course or to retake the math placement test.

MESA: Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement:

MESA provides academic support for students interested in math, science or engineering with the goal of transferring to a four-year institution!

The STEM Program: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

STEM provides academic support for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math with the goal of earning a certificate, or transferring to a four-year institution.



Contact Information

Learning Communities Center (LCC)

Aptos Location & Hours:

  1. Room 501, M-F 9am-4pm
  2. Phone: 831-477-3340
Coordinator: Eric Grabiel
Phone: 831.477-3293
Program Specialist: Leah Resendez
Phone: 831.477-3341

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