The Name

Cabrillo College is named for Jao Cabrillo, an explorer working for Spain.  Although working for Spain, he was Portuguese.  Thus, "Cabrillo" has the "L" sound and not a "y" sound if it were Spanish. According to legend, the name for the college was suggested by Wally Trabling, a newspaper writer.

Mission Statement
To enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.
Dr. Brian King


The Watsonville Center


Location Address Phone Number Website
Main Campus 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003-3198 (831) 479-6100
Scotts Valley Center 104 Whispering Pines Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4784 (831) 477-3550
Watsonville Center 318 Union Street, Watsonville, CA 95076-4612 (831) 477-5100

Cabrillo College is one of 109 public California community colleges.  Situated on the Monterey Bay in the county of Santa Cruz, California.  Cabrillo College is one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the state for its success in the area of transfer and career education.  It currently (2006) serves over 13,000 students.

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