Gavilan College

Gavilan College

5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy , CA (408) 848-4800

About Gavilan College


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

Values Goals
  • An imaginative and nurturing community of learners, fostered through rigorous scholarship, creativity, and personal and professional development.
  • A college environment and social climate characterized by inclusiveness and mutual respect for all of our students, staff, and community.
  • Excellence in and promotion of comprehensive programs, services, and activities.
  • Partnerships that support the educational, economic and social development of the college and the communities we serve.
  • To be known for educational excellence
  • To demonstrate involved and responsive community leadership
  • To increase our accessibility
  • To encourage innovative instruction
  • To lead in the application of appropriate educational technology
  • To promote a harmonious learning and working environment
History of Gavilan College

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

Organizational Structure

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.

Off-Campus Sites

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

Academic Calendar

Monday, June 14 - Friday, July 23, 2010 (29 days) FALL 2010
Wednesday, September 1 - Saturday, December 18, 2010 (82 Days) WINTER INTERSESSION
Monday, January 3 - Friday, January 28, 2011 (19 Days) SPRING 2011
Wednesday, February 2 - Friday, May 27, 2011 (83 Days)
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 Graduation
May 27 Last Day of Spring Semester
May 30 Holiday (Memorial Day)
Academic Departments,
Programs, and Services

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Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Natural Sciences
    • Astronomy
    • Biological Science
    • Chemistry
    • Ecology
    • Engineering
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Geography
    • Physical Science & Engineering
    • Physics
  • Social Science
    • Anthropology
    • Cultural Geography
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

Technical and Public Services

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Community Education

  • Contract Education

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Disability Resource Center

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Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)

Library and Information Technology

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Non Credit Instruction

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Physical Education / Athletics

  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Physical Education - Academic
  • Physical Education - Activities

Other Programs and Services

College Catalog Addendum
(Last updated: 02/26/2010)


Degrees and Majors

Course Descriptions

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