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What is a Learning Community?

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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
  • Work closely in teams and operate as a tight-knit“cohort” group
  • 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
  • Have better long-term success
  • Take more college credits overall
  • Earn higher GPAs
  • Accomplish their career and/or transfer goals
  • Develop lasting friendships and bonds

Choose from one of the following Learning Communities (programs with 2 or more linked courses):

ACE: Academy for College Excellence (formerly DBA):


Sadie Reyolds, Program Director,, (831) 477-3292

AMAP: Accelerated Medical Assisting Program:


Pam Sanborn, Coordinator, (831) 479-6438,

Puente Project:


Rudy Puente, Counselor, 831.479-6541
Dr. Adela Najarro, English Instructor, 831.479.6405

REAL: Reading and English Academic Learning:


Susanne Muszala, Counselor, 831.479-6539


Eric Grabiel, Coordinator, 831.477.3293,

SMP: Summer Migrant Program:

(open to PVUSD high school juniors and seniors only)
Vera Romandia, EOPS/CARE Outreach Specialist, 831.479.5759



Other Types of Learning Communities:


ACCESS: Biology & Chemistry:


Pam D'Arcey, Coordinator, (831) 479-6328,

HONORS Program:


Carloyn Jackson, Director, (831) 477-3505,

MESA: Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement:


Sue Tappero, Director, (831) 479-5785,

Physics & Engineering Learning Community:


Contact Physics (831) 479-6521 or Engineering (831) 479-6497

Supernova (Physics):


Joe McCullough, Physics Chair, (831) 479-6521,

The STEM Program:

Kelli Horner, Coordinator, (831) 477-3235,



Academic and Community Resources for Students

At Cabrillo College...


Online Cabrillo College Orientation Research shows that students who go through orientation do significantly better in college because they’ve learned how to navigate the college’s programs and processes successfully. In fact, orientation is so important that new students are required to go through orientation.
Campus Resources, Labs, and Library A comprehensive list of practical Cabrillo resources, support services, and learning labs and tutoring centers.
Financial Aid Services Get help financing your education! Funding sources from federal and state aid to local public and private scholarships.
Learning Skills Offers assessment and diagnosis, courses, counseling and tutoring services for students with learning disabilities.
Counseling and Planning Links to help you meet with a counselor, attend a workshop, or find resources from our career and transfer centers.
Student Health Services Services (many are free to students!), staff, hours, workshops, web resources, personal counseling, and other health and wellness topics.
EOPS "Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is...designed to provide financial, counseling and academic support services for full-time Cabrillo students identified as educationally and economically disadvantaged."
Student Calendar, Clubs and Activities Information about campus life and activites, including clubs, student government, and the college newspaper, The Voice.
Bookstore Rental Program Information for students on renting your textbooks from the college bookstore.


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In the community ...


Community Health Services A list of health services offered in the community, hosted by the Cabrillo Health Center.
Resources for students who are Parents A comprehensive list of health, social services, childcare, and related information for students raising children from our Early Childhood Program.
Sustainable Transportation This is Cabrillo-specific information about finding public and alternative transportation to school and work from GoGreen.Org.
Community Information Database A comprehensive, searchable list of local organizations and agencies from the Santa Cruz County Libraries website.



Posted 05/17/2010

Contact Information

Learning Communities Center

Aptos Location & Hours:

Room 501, M-Th 10am-3pm, Phone: 831-477-3340

Watsonville Location & Hours:

Watsonville office is temporarily closed; please contact our Aptos office (listed above)

Coordinator: Eric Grabiel
Phone: 831.477-3293

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