Welcome to Counseling Services.
A new state law requires that all students have an education plan. There are two types; an Abbreviated Ed Plan (1 to 2 semesters to get you started) and a Comprehensive Ed Plan (laying out all of the courses you need to reach your goal).
Having an ed plan keeps you on track to reach your goal, and is one of the requirements in order to maintain your priority registration.
All students now have access to Student Planning, a planning tool found on your Student Menu in WebAdvisor. You can start to plan your courses using the Student Planning tool at any time on your own. Having courses planned for your upcoming term(s) in the Student Planning tool on WebAdvisor, will meet the Ed Plan requirement to maintain your priority registration.
To learn more about how to use the Student Planning tool, attend one of the Student Planning Sessions detailed below.
Education Plan Workshops are also available, detailed below.
This two-hour workshop presents important information and planning resources and is designed for new students, for those who have never developed an education plan, and for those who want to learn more about putting together a solid ed plan. You’ll leave the Ed Plan Workshop with an Abbreviated Education Plan using the Student Planning tool.
Some students may be required to attend an Education Plan Workshop prior to scheduling a counseling appointment. Select the steps below based on your situation.
To attend an Education Plan Workshop, please consult the calendar below and call either (831)479-6274 or (831)479-6385 to reserve a spot.
SEE THE Ed Plan Calendar FOR A FULL LIST OF WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED.
Do you want to learn more about how to use the new Student Planning Tool available in WebAdvisor? Using this planning tool will help keep you on track with your educational goal, and many students are using it as the preferred way to schedule and register for classes. No appointment needed. Come find out what it's all about.
Did you receive communication from Admissions & Records indicating you have a hold on your record due to Probation or Dismissal? If you are on Probation Level 2 or if you are on Dismissal, you are required to attend a Probation/Dismissal Workshop. Attending the workshop will clear your hold, and will provide you with the strategies and resources needed to work your way to a better Academic Standing. If you are on Probation Level 1, this workshop is not required but is highly recommended so you can avoid future academic standing issues.
When attending the workshop, please bring a copy of your Cabrillo course
history using WebAdvisor "My Course History"
To attend a Probation / Dismissal Workshop, please consult the calendar below and call either (831) 479-6274 or (831) 479-6385 to reserve a spot. Don't delay as it will impact your registration process.
SEE THE Probation & Dismissal Workshop Calendar FOR A FULL LIST OF WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED.
Appointments are a half-hour of scheduled time with a counselor. An appointment is needed for transcript evaluation, education plans, graduation petitions, guaranteed transfer applications, career advising, academic renewal, most cases of academic dismissal, and for most academic planning issues. Appointments can be scheduled in person or by calling.
Our counselors want to assist you with effective academic planning and answer specific kinds of questions. In order to get the most from a counseling appointment, please complete the following steps before scheduling an appointment.
Before You Make an Appointment:
1) Submit a Cabrillo College application online for admissions . Within 48 hours you will receive a Cabrillo student ID number. NOTE: You must have an email address to receive your ID number and application confirmation. If you do not have an e-mail address, you can request a free e-mail account through CCCApply.org. You do this by checking a box when creating your CCCApply account.
2) Complete your online orientation. This is a requirement for all incoming students. It takes about one hour.
3) Complete your Math and English assessments at the Cabrillo Assessment Office. Schedules and practice tests are listed at their website.
If you have completed college level math, English, or any other college course work, please have official transcripts sent to Cabrillo College Admissions and Records.
4) Apply for financial aid before you begin classes.
5) Attend an Education Plan Workshop. There is a link to the calendar of workshops below the blue box toward the top of this page. Sign up by calling 831.479.6385 or 831.479.6385.
6) Read the Q&A (questions and answers) before making an appointment. Your needed information may be there and save you a visit.
7) Now you may be ready to schedule an appointment with a counselor. You can make a 30 minute appointment in person at the Counseling office or in the Career or Transfer Center. You may also schedule an appointment by calling 831.479.6274, 831.479.6385, or for Watsonville, 831.786.4734.
Express Advising provides five to ten minutes with a counselor provided on a first come, first served basis. Express Advising is designed for quick questions.
Some things that can be addressed during "Express" counseling include:
Clearing a specific prerequisite with documentation
Petition to Repeat a Class
Permission to take 19 or more units
High School Release Signature
Specific questions relating to a limited topic, e.g. a course equivalency
"Express" does not include educational plans, graduation petions, academic dismissal, academic renewal, career advising, transcript evaluation or assistance with TAAs or TAGs.
Most weeks, Express counseling is offered daily from 10am-12noon and from 1-3pm Monday through Thursday, and 10am-12noon on Fridays.
Ask a Counselor >> Online Advising is available during Fall and Spring semesters only
Academic counseling for transfer and career programs. By working with a counselor, students can develop an education plan to reach career or transfer goals. Counselors provide information about the requirements for Cabrillo's certificates and degrees as well as information on the transfer process and requirements. Students intending to transfer can obtain an academic plan that will include admission and general education requirements, as well as courses to best prepare them for their major and the best chance of acceptance at a university.
Career counseling enables students to understand their values, interests and skills and to research a variety of career options. The career planning process also assists students in learning to manage job/life transitions. CG 54 is an excellent choice as the first place to start this process. Information about Career counseling is available at our Career Center in the 100 building or by calling 831.479.6385.
Personal counseling is available on a limited basis through Cabrillo's Student Health Center.Counselors provide students with psychological services to help them with self-exploration as it relates to their college experience and educational goals. Call 831.479.6435.
Classes, short courses and workshops in career planning, study skills, general transfer requirements and other topics as needed. (e.g.CG 1, CG 51, CG 52, CG 54
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Mon–Thurs: 8am–5 pm
Fri: 8am–4 pm
10 am–12pm Mon.—Fri.
1 pm–3 pm Mon.—Thur.
(Student Reource Center)
Hours will vary; call for details
Mon–Wed: 9am–6 pm
(servicio en español)
|Location:||All counseling services are offered in Aptos and Watsonville.|