Cabrillo starts new year

APTOS — Thousands of students returned to Cabrillo College’s Aptos and Watsonville campuses for the fall semester Monday, in numbers college officials estimate could top 10,400.

New this year is the California Guided Pathways Initiative, a program that helps students streamline their education and helps them earn their degrees and certificates quicker.

Cabrillo is one of 20 community colleges in the state to participate in the program.

The college also recently received a $700,000 grant that will allow it to offer a “Makerspace,” where students can work on class projects and build skills such as woodworking and steel fabrication, as well as contemporary making techniques using 3-D scanners and printers.

In July, Cabrillo hired Sue Gochis as Vice President of Student Services.

Gochis came to Cabrillo from Lake Tahoe Community College.

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