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Parents get the scoop on Cabrillo’s Honors Transfer Program

Posted: Monday, Mar 4th, 2013

Cabrillo College History professor Enrique Buelna addresses the packed room on Friday night, telling parents of prospective students of the many benefits of the Cabrillo College Transfer Program. (Photo by Roseann Hernandez/Register-Pajaronian)

APTOS — Faculty and administrators from the Cabrillo Honors Transfer Program made their pitch to the Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s best and brightest at an enchilada dinner Friday night, highlighting the five-year-old program’s benefits in an attempt to get college-bound students to consider going the community-college-then-transfer route upon graduation.

Called Noche de Padres, the evening presentation was well attended — parents and younger siblings filled the hilltop conference room.

One by one, speakers touted the program’s key features: small class sizes, faculty mentors, enriched and more challenging curriculum in a variety of subjects, dedicated honors counselors, special activities, a strong support network and an almost guaranteed spot at the state or UC of your choice as a transfer student.

But it was the potential cost savings that raised the most eyebrows in the room – between $22,000 to $45,000 for a bachelors degree when compared to attending all four years at a CSU or UC.

“There is a lot of pressure at high school to go straight to university – not just to go to Cabrillo,” said Carolyn Jackson, Director of Articulation and Honors Transfer Program.

“Yet even with financial aid it is still expensive and most professions require more than a four-year degree. You can exhaust all your financial aid by the time you get to graduate school.”

For the complete article see the 03-05-2013 issue.

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