5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy , CA (408) 848-4800
In an environment that cultivates creativity, stimulates curiosity and emphasizes student learning, Gavilan College serves its community by providing high quality educational and support services that prepare students for transfer, technical and public service careers, life-long learning and participation in a diverse global society.
* The mission is evaluated and revised on a regular basis.
Gavilan College is committed to educational excellence. The college aspires to be an exemplary, student-centered community college through leadership, planning, and a commitment to ongoing improvement. Its services and programs are designed to instill the values of critical thinking, life-long learning, cultural understanding, and community service. Gavilan's quality of service to students is closely bound to the quality of the college staff.
Gavilan College strives to accomplish its mission with creativity and innovation and with a proactive, accessible and sensitive presence in the diverse communities it serves. The college is dedicated to fulfill its mission with compassion, caring and understanding and holds, in high regard, the respect and worth of all individuals.
Gavilan College offers a wide range of services, including programs of community education, study in the liberal arts and sciences, and study in the pre-professional, business, vocational, and technical fields. To support student success, we offer services that strengthen and augment the learning environment. Courses and programs of study are offered days, evenings, weekends, and online. All offerings are designed to assist students in meeting their educational and life goals.
Visionary Educational Values and Goals
Gavilan College was originally established in 1919 as San Benito County Junior College. It operated under this title until 1963, when a new community college district was drawn that included both San Benito and southern Santa Clara Counties. Successful passage of a local bond in 1966 provided the needed funds to construct the present campus at Santa Teresa Boulevard in Gilroy.
The Gavilan Joint Community College District is comprised of 2,700 square miles encompassing southern Santa Clara and most of San Benito County.
In the spring of 1997, instuctional sites were added in Hollister and Morgan Hill to augment offerings on the main campus.
With the passage of the Measure E facilities bond in 2004, Gavilan College is prepared to upgrade the existing campus, and prepare for the students of the future with permanent locations in Coyote Valley and San Benito County. The next few years will see improvements in institutional and classroom technology, expanded online services, and improvements in safety, accessibility, and lighting.College Profile
A seven-member Board of Trustees governs the Gavilan College District. Voters within the district elect the Trustees for a four-year term. Board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.
The administrative structure of the college operates under the direction and oversight of the college president, who oversees vice president positions that carry responsibility for administrative, instructional and student services. Deans and Directors provide direct oversight for the tasks related to the provision of administrative, instructional and student services.
Campus and Facilities
Every aspect of the 150-acre Gavilan College campus has been planned to emphasize the student-centered philosophy adopted by the Board of Trustees and the college staff.
The main campus is located south of Gilroy against the hills that form the western boundary of the Santa Clara Valley.
Buildings have been designed and constructed to serve the needs and interests of college students and are equipped with the most recently developed aids to enhance teaching and learning.
Many live oaks native to the area have been preserved, and a series of ponds and waterfalls have been developed to emphasize a pleasant, tranquil setting.
Gavilan College also has sites in Hollister at the Briggs Building and in Morgan Hill as a wing of the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. These two sites are an integral part of the District's effort to enhance student access to a college education.
Gavilan College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which is listed by the United States Commissioner of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The college program is approved for veterans' training. Students who attend Gavilan College can receive full credit in major colleges and universities throughout the United States for appropriate courses completed with a grade of "C" or better.
|Superintendent/President||Dr. Steven M. Kinsella||(408) 848-4711|
|Director, Contract/Community Education||Terry Newman||(408) 847-2514|
|Dean, Physical Education/Athletics||Ron Hannon||(408) 848-4895|
|Director of Public Information||Jan Bernstein Chargin||(408) 848-4724|
|Associate Dean, Community Development/Grants Management||Rachel Perez||(408) 848-4847|
|Gavilan College Educational Foundation||Suzanne Bulle||(408) 848-4711|
|Vice President, Instruction||Dr. Kathleen Rose||(408) 848-4760|
|Dean, Liberal Arts & Sciences||Frances Lozano||(408) 848-4702|
|Departments/Programs: Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP), Computer Labs, Fine Arts, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Library, Math-Engineering-Science Achievement (MESA), Natural Sciences, Online Course Development/Distance Learning, Puente, Social Sciences, Staff Resource Center, Television Services|
|Dean, Career Technical Education||Sherrean Carr||(408) 847-4757|
|Departments/Programs: Administration of Justice, Allied Health, Aviation, Business, Child Development and Educational Studies, Child Development Center, Computer Graphics and Design, Computer Labs, Cooperative Work Experience (CWE), Cosmetology, Digital Media, Media Services, Regional Occupational Programs (ROP), Tech Prep|
|Grant Writer||Vacant||(408) 848-4787|
|Vice President, Student Services||John Pruitt||(408) 848-4732|
|Career/Transfer Center, Counseling/Guidance Courses, Health Services, Student Activities, Student Government, Switchboard & Information|
|Associate Dean, Disability Resource Center||Frances Lopez||(408) 848-4871|
|Adapted PE, High Tech Center, Learning Skills Center, Career Prep, HOPE, WorkAbility III, Counseling for Students with Disabilities|
|Associate Dean, EOPS, CalWORKs & CARE||Anne Ratto||(408) 848-4772|
|Director, Admissions and Records||Candice Whitney||(408) 848-4754|
|Director, Financial Aid||Veronica Martinez||(408) 848-4725|
|Director, TRIO||Richard Alfaro||(408) 846-4981|
|Vice President, Administrative Services||Joseph Keeler||(408) 848-4715|
|Equal Opportunity and Grievance, Health and Safety, Internal-External Contract Management, Contract Support, Technology Planning, Technology Support, Worker's Compensation|
|Director, Business Services||Susan Cheu||(408) 848-4739|
|Accounting, Accounts Payable, Cashier, Payroll, Purchasing|
|Director, Facilities Services||Jeff Gopp||(408) 848-4705|
|Maintenance and Grounds|
|Director, Human Resources||Jim Bowers||(408) 848-4753|
|Director, Management Information Systems||Mimi Arvizu||(408) 848-4840|
|Disaster Planning and Recovery, Information Systems, State Reporting, Technology Planning and Support, Website|
|Director, Security & Support Services||Ana Hipol||(408) 848-4720|
|Facility Use, Receiving, Reprographics, Security/Parking, Warehouse and Mail|
|June 14||First Day of Instruction|
|July 5||Holiday (Independence Day)|
|July 23||Last Day of Instruction|
|August 11||Aviation First Day of Instruction|
|August 27||New Faculty Orientation|
|August 30||Flex Day (Training or Program Planning)(Optional)|
|August 31||Flex Day (Mandated)|
|September 1||First Day of Instruction|
|September 6||Holiday (Labor Day)|
|November 12||Holiday (Veterans' Day, Observed)|
|November 25 - 28||Thanksgiving Instructional Break|
|November 25, 26||Holiday (Thanksgiving)|
|December 12 - 18||Final Exams|
|December 18||Last Day of Fall Semester|
|December 23, 24||Holiday (Christmas)|
|December 30, 31||Holiday (New Year's)|
|January 3||First Day of Instruction|
|January 17||Holiday (Martin Luther King)|
|January 28||Last Day of Classes|
|January 13||Aviation First Day of Instruction|
|January 31||Flex Day (Training or Program Planning)(Optional)|
|February 1||Flex Day (Mandated)|
|February 2||First Day of Instruction|
|February 18 - 21||Presidents' Day Instructional Break|
|February 18, 21||Holidays (Presidents' Day)|
|April 4 - 10||Spring Instructional Break|
|May 21 - 27||Final Exams|
|May 27||Last Day of Spring Semester|
|May 30||Holiday (Memorial Day)|
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College Catalog Addendum
(Last updated: 02/26/2010)
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