Gavilan College Support Programs



Academic, financial, and social support programs available to students attending
Gavilan College.

Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
EOP&S
(Extended Opportunity Program and Services)
Scholarships → information regarding possible scholarships for school
Priority Registration → Pick classes before other students
Book Vouchers and book lending library → Free Books
Academic, personal, and career Counseling → meet with a counselor 3 times a semester
Access to computers and printers → free printing and free access to computers
Tutoring Services → Free tutoring
Assistance with transferring to a 4 year University → help with the transfer process from Community College to 4 year university
  • California resident or AB540 eligible
  • Qualify for the BOG fee waiver, Part A or B
  • Enroll in 12 units per semester (exceptions for DSP students)
  • Educationally disadvantaged, defined by EOP&S state guidelines
  • Completed less than 70 college units
Description of Support Program Application Process
EOP&S is a program designed to support students who face financial and educational challenges. The mission is to provide financial and social support to help student’s complete community college successfully.
  • Visit the office in LI-101A or call Norma Najar at (408) 848-4740 or email at nnajar@gavilan.edu
Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
CARE
(Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education)
Book Vouchers → Free textbooks for school
Meal Cards → Free food from the cafeteria
CARE grants → information about free money
Laptop Loans → students have access to free laptop loans for the whole semester
Designated Counselor → students are assigned a counselor
Auto Repair Assistance → assistance with auto repair
Gas cards → access to gas cards
Go print cards → access to free printing on campus
School Supplies → access to free pens, notebooks, pencils and any extra necessary school supplies
  • Must be enrolled in EOP&S
  • 1) Be part of the CalWORKs program through the county, 2) upon enrollment into the college a student can apply for CalWORKs support on campus
  • Be a parent and at least 18 years of age
  • Be single head of household
  • Have at least one dependent child
  • Be receiving TANF benefits
  • Gloria Mancera the EOPS/CARE Program Specialist at
    (408) 848-4790 or gluna@gavilan.edu
Description of Support Program Application Process
CARE is designed to help EOP&S students who are single parents. CARE offers extra services for parents who are single and have at least one dependent child
  • Visit the office in LI-101A or call Gloria Mancera at (408) 848-4790 or email gluna@gavilan.edu
Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
CalWORKs
Designated Counselor familiar with Welfare to Work requirements and regulations → Students are assigned a counselor that they will meet with 3 times a semester
Priority Registration → students can register for classes before everyone else
Book Vouchers → students will receive free or reduced price books
Transportation Assistance → students will receive free or reduced price VTA bus passes and also parking permits
Laptop Loans → free laptop loans for the whole semester
Job development and placement → assistance with job searching and employment placement
Meal Cards → access to free to reduced food prices in the cafeteria
CalWORKs grants → access to free money
Post-aid services →extra support services
No minimum unit requirement → not required to be full time student
  • Gavilan students who are currently receiving cash assistance (TANF)
  • Students must be CalWORKs eligible as defined by the county
  • Turn in attendance sheets on time
  • Olga Rodriguez the CalWORKs/Fresh Success office Assistant (408) 852-2838 or email at orodriguez@gavilan.edu
Description of Support Program Application Process
CalWORKs program serves parents who receive TANF. CalWORKs provides extra financial service to help with academic success.
Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
Fresh Success
Textbook Vouchers → free textbooks
Transportation Assistance → free transportation vouchers
Parking permits → free parking on campus
Rental assistance → up to one month’s rent
PG&E and Vehicle Repair Assistance → up to $250 one time per year in PG&E and/or vehicle repair assistance
Fingerprinting and TB test → free fingerprinting and TB tests
Designated Counselor → assigned counselor throughout the semester
Laptop Loans → free laptop rentals
Gas Cards → transportation assistance in the form of gas cards or bus tokens
Job readiness and development → assistance with job search and planning
  • Santa Clara County Resident
  • Gavilan College Student
  • Receiving or eligible to receive CalFresh benefits (cannot be CalWorks)
  • Enrolled in an approved program or courses, CTE, ESL, GED, or basic skills courses
Description of Support Program Application Process
Extra assistance for students who are CalFresh recipients
  • To apply contact Olga or visit her office at LI-101 A/B or call and email (408) 852-2838, orodriguez@gavilan.edu
Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
Foster Youth and Dreamer Students
EOP&S Services → access to EOP&S services
Designated Counselor → students are assigned a counselor
Priority Registration → can register for classes before everyone else
Textbook Assistance → Students can have access to free or reduced priced textbooks
Chromebook Loan → students can rent a free Chromebook for a full semester
Graphing Calculator → free rentals for graphing calculator
School Starter kit → free school supplies for school
Emergency gas cards → access to free gas cards
  • Current or Former Foster youth
  • AB 540 students
  • Homeless students
  • Carina Cisneros, Associate Dean for EOPS/CalWORKs
    (408) 848-4772
Description of Support Program Application Process
Support for students who have been in the Foster Care System or who are AB 540
  • Visit the office in LI-101A or call Norma Najar at (408) 848-4740 or email at nnajar@gavilan.edu.
  • Students must disclose to Norma they are either AB 540, homeless, or Foster Youth.
  • Students will complete EOP&S application and get connected with Carina who works with Foster Youth, homeless, and AB 540 students.
  • Students will also need a dependency letter to show proof of being in the foster system.
Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
Puente
Help with Basic Skills writing → assistance with writing skills
Preparing for transferring to a 4 year college → assistance with filling out applications for the transfer process
Counseling → free academic counseling
Mentoring→ Students are provided with a mentor who stays with them throughout their experience at Gavilan College.
Writing Skills → Students receive extra assistance and free tutoring to help improve their writing skills
Career Counseling → if students are not sure what they want to do, they can get assistance with career exploration
  • Puente is open to any student who is interested in applying to a 4-year institution.
  • Qualify for English 250 writing placement
  • Students must participate in all program activates
Description of Support Program Application Process
Puente is designed to help build skills that are needed to succeed in college. It also helps to prepare students for the transfer process to a four year university. Pick up application at SS 106 and ask for Celia.
Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
TRiO
Support students through the four-year university transfer process → students can get help with completing applications for four year university’s
Specialized academic counseling and guidance → students receive counseling services throughout the semester
Priority Registration → students can register for classes before everyone else
TRiO financial grants → access to free money
Summer Bridge Program → free summer bridge program
Laptop and Calculator lending → free laptops and calculator rentals for the semester
Financial Aid Assistance → help with completing the FAFSA application
Campus Visits and Campus Activities → free visits to universities
Informational Workshops → information about extra resources
Cultural & campus activities → cultural events throughout the semester
Career and personal development activities → access to career exploration
  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States
  • Have applied for the FAFSA
  • Maintain at least 9 units per semester (fall & spring) and be working toward a degree at Gavilan College and/or planning to transfer to a four year university
  • Have 45 (attempted) units or less and be in academic good standing (2.0 GPA)
  • Not be a current or past participant of Gavilan College’s EOPS program
  • Have an academic need and be:
  • Financially limited
  • A first-generation college student
  • A student with a verified disability
Description of Support Program Application Process
TRiO is an on campus support program that is designed to empower first generation, low income, and disabled Gavilan College students as they prepare for the transfer process to a 4 year university.
  • Complete the TRiO application
  • Turn in TRiO application to Math Building 115
  • If you are a dependent student, bring a copy of your parent’s most current Federal tax forms
  • If Independent bring a copy of your most current federal tax forms
  • For the 2017-2018 school year, bring 2015 tax info
Support Service Program Services Provided How can this program help you? Eligible Population Contact Person
MESA
(Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement)
Priority Registration → register for classes before everyone else
Specialized Academic Counseling → free counseling for students
Transfer Support → assistance with the transfer process to a University
Tutoring → free tutoring
MESA learning Center → a place for students to study, access computers, meet other students, do homework, and receive free tutoring
  • Interested in Math or science
  • Eligible for at least Algebra 1 or higher
  • First generation
  • Plan to transfer to a 4 year university
Description of Support Program Application Process
MESA provides science technology, engineering, and math academic development to educationally disadvantaged students.
  • Fill out MESA application
  • Turn in application to MA-115 or email it to mesa@gavilan.edu

Information on the programs above is also available on Gavilan College’s website.

If you would like assistance connecting to the above programs please contact Erica DiPietro, OYP Pathways Coordinator, at edipietro@kidsincommon.orgFor printable version click here.