Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tips for Caring for Yourself

Tips For Taking Care of Yourself ---
1. Make time for yourself and get regular breaks.
You may experience less anger and depression and, as a result, fewer unhealthy physiological responses to those emotions.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Some people may feel that asking for help is admitting they can’t handle the demands Give yourself credit for all that you are doing, recognize the size and number of responsibilities you are carrying, and then ask a family member or friend to share the load.

3. Find healthy ways to relieve stress.
Exercise, meditate, listen to music, read a good book, take a hot bath and try to create some calm.

4. When you feel stuck, try just one thing.
If your situation seems overwhelming and you feel helpless in the face of it, identify just one positive action you can take and then do it.

Are You Attending School in Fall 2015?

Apply for FAFSA now for the 2015-2016 school year (Fall '15 thru Summer '16) if you are planning on attending Cabrillo next Fall. All Fast Track To Work students must apply each year. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

When filling out your application, remember to fill in Cabrillo College's Federal School Code 001124 so Cabrillo will receive your information electronically from the federal processor. If you are interested in work-study, be sure to check that box also.

Can't Find Previous Tax Returns? You can order a transcript of your previous year's tax return from the IRS.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Financial Aid Information

The Spring 2015 disbursement will be made on March 26th.

Here's a great guide for Financial Aid. Four pages with LOTS of information!

If you want more information on Financial Aid and Scholarships, download this handbook.

Friday, February 20, 2015

CalWORKs Hourly Activity Record for February

February 2015 - PDF

February 2015 - Excel

Print out the PDF and fill in by hand or open the Excel file and type in your hours. The formulas in the Excel file will add up your hours for you. You may also pick up copies in our office.

Remember that for every one hour of class you may claim one hour of unsupervised study time. Study time beyond that must be supervised. You can work in the Fast Track office, Library, Computer Technology Center, STEM Center, or Tutorials Center for these hours.

Monthly reports are due on 5th of the following month. Turn it in by then and you will be entered into our drawing for a $25 gift card!

Also, here are blank versions if you need to catch up with previous months.

English PDF    English Excel 

Spanish PDF   Spanish Excel

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Need Glasses?

The Santa Cruz Host Lions Club offers assistance for eye exams, glasses and surgery. See their website for more information.

Job Fair February 24th

Workforce Santa Cruz County Job Fair
February 24
9:30 to 12:30
Goodwill Career Center
350 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz

Click here for a list of participating companies.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Parking Permits for Spring

If you need a parking pass for this semester, please make sure you have picked it up by Thursday 2/12. This helps streamline the process for paying your tuition and fees.

Full Steam Staffing Job Fair

Full Steam Staffing will be having an on-site recruitment on Thursday, February 12 from 1-4 pm at the Career Center in Watsonville, room #2, 18 W. Beach Street.

Current Job Openings:

  • Forklift Operator
  • General Labor
  • Machine Operator
  • Label Operator
  • Packers
  • Stackers
  • Q.C. Technician
  • Q.A. Technician
  • Sanitation
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Entry Level Admin

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Looking for Hours? Want to Welcome new and returning students?

Anyone interested in helping to table during Welcome Week on the Aptos campus, Wednesday, 2/11/15 - any availability is appreciated!
Please contact Jenna. 
You can count the time you volunteer on your HAR.

Need Food?

The Community Food Hotline provides information and support to people who need food. 
Call us at the Community Food Hotline for information and referrals at (831) 662-0991,
8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday

The closest food bank to the Aptos campus is at Twin Lakes church.  They distribute food on Wednesday's from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. 
(There is a 15-minute prayer at 3:30pm.)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cabrillo College General Scholarship --

The time has finally arrived for our students to apply for the 2014 General Scholarship Application. Funded through private donations to the Cabrillo College Foundation, scholarships are awarded to selected Cabrillo College students who show academic promise, scholastic achievement, and community and/or campus involvement.

This application places students in consideration for the scholarships generated through the Cabrillo College Foundation as well as some private scholarships throughout the year.

Scholarships awards range from $500-2,500 to be disbursed beginning Fall of 2015-16 school year. Students may access the General Scholarship eForm Application by logging into their WebAdvisor account. Application Instructions may be accessed at the following link:

Scholarship Opportunity!!!

PG&E is taking applications for their PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship Program. All high school seniors, current college students, veterans and adults returning to school are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 9, 2015. For more information please see attachments or click the link:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Dropping Courses?

  • February 7 - Deadline to drop a full-term course and receive a reversal of charges or refund of enrollment 
  • February 8 - Deadline to drop a full-term course without a permanent record "W" 
  • February 9 - Census Day; Financial Aid awards are not adjusted after this date
Just as it is your responsibility to register yourself for a class, it is also your responsibility to drop a class when you decide not to continue. The timing of a drop makes a difference in whether or not you owe the college for a course you registered for or if you will receive a refund. It could also impact your financial aid and may limit your ability to receive aid in the future. 

Dropping so you can take this class next semester? Careful! Students are allowed ONLY three attempts to successfully pass a course and will then be unable to take it again at Cabrillo. Learn more about this new State regulation and what it might mean to you.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Are You Looking for a Job?

If you can answer yes to all of the questions below, you are eligible to apply for CalWORKs Work Study.
  • Are you a current Fast Track To Work student?
  • Are you currently receiving CalWORKs cash aid?
  • Do you have a current Educational Plan?
  • Are you enrolled in 6 or more units for Spring?
  • Do you have a copy of your Welfare-To-Work plan?
  • Have you completed the FAFSA online?
  • Have you registered with Student Employment?
A CalWORKs Work Study position does not reduce your cash aid from the County. If you are interested, please stop by the office to pick up a Work Study packet from the front desk.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Voucher Day Rescheduled!!!!

We are rescheduling the Book Voucher Pick Up day to Wednesday January 21. You may stop by the office any time after 10:00 to pick up your voucher.