Matt Wetstein to be Cabrillo’s next President


Cabrillo's new president to start February 1st

Cabrillo College has announced that the Chair of the Superintendent/President Search Committee, Trustee Gary Reece, and Dr. Matthew Wetstein have reached a tentative agreement for Dr. Wetstein to be the next President/Superintendent of Cabrillo College, with a projected start date of February 1, 2018.

“The Superintendent/President Search Committee is thrilled with the recommendation of Dr. Matthew Wetstein to be Cabrillo’s next President and Superintendent,” said Gary Reece, Cabrillo Trustee and Search Committee Chair. “Dr. Wetstein has broad leadership, research, strategic planning and instruction experience, both at California Community Colleges and at the state level. We, along with Cabrillo’s Faculty and Staff are very excited about the prospect of Dr. Wetstein leading Cabrillo into its next 60 years of excellence.”

Dr. Wetstein is currently the Assistant Superintendent and Vice President of Instruction and Planning at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, where, to date, he has participated in research funding and institutional grants totaling $8 Million. Prior to that, he served as Interim Dean of the San Joaquin Delta College Agriculture, Science and Math Division, and before that, was the Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness for five years. He has served as the President of the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges from 2014-2016. His research on the effects of the economic recession on California Community College Students has won national and state awards. Dr. Wetstein began his academic career as a Political Science Instructor, with more than a dozen years of postsecondary teaching experience at colleges and universities in California and Indiana. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, and he holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Illinois.

We look forward to working with Dr. Wetstein to help students at Cabrillo achieve the best education possible!

“I am honored at the prospect of joining the Cabrillo College family. The entire process of interviewing, meeting Cabrillo staff and faculty, and being recommended by the Search Committee has just reaffirmed how special the College is. I look forward to working with everyone to expand the Cabrillo culture of serving students and helping them make breakthroughs that change their lives for the better,” said Matt.

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Cabrillo College has been selected as one of 20 California Community Colleges for the California Guided Pathways Project, an initiative designed to get students on a path to faster completion and substantially increase the number of students who earn a certificate, degree, or transfer.

The project is a broad-based collaboration led by representatives from colleges, system offices, technical assistance providers, and advocacy organizations. Cabrillo is honored to be at the forefront of this important effort to transform community colleges and be a model for 114 California Community Colleges.

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The California Community College Chancellor’s office is committed to ongoing funding for the Guided Pathways Project, earmarking $150M state-wide for the next five years beginning in 2018-19. Of this allocation, Cabrillo College anticipates receiving approximately $1.5M starting next year. Funding of $250,000 is needed to successfully launch implementation in this critical first year of the initiative.

The idea behind the GP model is that students are more likely to complete a degree, certificate, or transfer at a much faster rate if they choose a program and develop an academic plan early on, have a clear road map of courses, and receive guidance and support to stay on thezpath. Instruction and Student Services will be working hand in hand in a way we haven’t seen before. GP will not only substantially improve completion rates, students will be ready for the workforce at a much faster rate.

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Cabrillo College has been selected as one of 20 California Community Colleges for the California Guided Pathways Project, an initiative designed to get students on a path to faster completion and substantially increase the number of students who earn a certificate, degree, or transfer.

The project is a broad-based collaboration led by representatives from colleges, system offices, technical assistance providers, and advocacy organizations. Cabrillo is honored to be at the forefront of this important effort to transform community colleges and be a model for 114 California Community Colleges.

The California Community College Chancellor’s office is committed to ongoing funding for the Guided Pathways Project, earmarking $150M state-wide for the next five years beginning in 2018-19. Of this allocation, Cabrillo College anticipates receiving approximately $1.5M starting next year. Funding of $250,000 is needed to successfully launch implementation in this critical first year of the initiative.

The idea behind the GP model is that students are more likely to complete a degree, certificate, or transfer at a much faster rate if they choose a program and develop an academic plan early on, have a clear road map of courses, and receive guidance and support to stay on thezpath. Instruction and Student Services will be working hand in hand in a way we haven’t seen before. GP will not only substantially improve completion rates, students will be ready for the workforce at a much faster rate.