Cabrillo College

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Cabrillo College
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Cabrillo College John Hurd Enrollment Services Building
MottoConcentus (Latin)
Motto in English
TypePublic community college
Established1959; 62 years ago (1959)
PresidentDr. Matthew Wetstein
Academic staff
211 (Full-time) and 323 (Part-time)[1]
Students11,033 (all undergraduate)[2]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsSky blue, white and black
MascotSammy the Seahawk
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Cabrillo College is a public community college in Aptos, California. It is named after the explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo and opened in 1959. Cabrillo College has an enrollment of about 12,000 students per term.[3]


Classes are offered at two locations: the main campus in Aptos at 6500 Soquel Drive and the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center, located at 318 Union Street in downtown Watsonville.

Facility planning and major construction has been completed on campus for the Barbara Samper Student Activities Center, and the Cabrillo College Arts Education Complex as well as a Health & Wellness Center (Precision Wellness Center) at the Aptos campus. The main quad in Aptos features a bust honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

In 2007, Cabrillo received a $2.5 million grant from the Economic Development Administration towards the construction of a new Industrial Technology Education Center (ITEC) in Watsonville on the site of the former Watsonville Public Library. Now called the Solari Green Technology Center, the center hosts classes in solar technology, renewable/recycled building materials, and construction management.[4] The new building is LEED Platinum certified, the first for Cabrillo.

In 2013, Cabrillo opened and dedicated the Baskin Engineering, Physics and Computing Center. The center serves as a focal point for STEM classes, and also contains the Monterey Peninsula Foundation STEM Center, which is a central point for STEM student services such as workshops, tutoring and labs.


Cabrillo focuses on student-centered learning and has a tradition of collegial, shared governance. The college transfers many of its students (after 3–5 years) to three nearby universities – the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University at Monterey Bay. In fact, Cabrillo ranks #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz according to Chancellor George Blumenthal in his address to the Cabrillo College Governing Board in November 2007 and remains the top community college feeder to UCSC.[5] Cabrillo offers hundreds of courses leading to four-year degrees in many majors. The majority of courses in the Cabrillo curriculum transfer to the University of California or the California State University systems.

Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby Silicon Valley business environment as well as that of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Cabrillo College offers a variety of programs that lead to skills certificates, certificates of achievement and associate degrees. In addition, Cabrillo College offers basic skills courses and courses for business, professional and personal development. A variety of not-for-credit classes are available on a fee basis through the Cabrillo College Extension program.

Cabrillo College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges.

The library is named after the first president, Robert Swenson, who established Cabrillo and served for over 20 years as president.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ "Cabrillo College eFactbook". Cabrillo College eFactbook.
  4. ^ "Solari Green Technology Center" (PDF). Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. ^ "UC Infocenter". UC Infocenter. UCOP.

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Coordinates: 36°59′18″N 121°55′30″W / 36.9883°N 121.925°W / 36.9883; -121.925