Gavilan College

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Gavilan College
Established 1919
Type Community college
President Steven M. Kinsella, D.B.A., C.P.A.
Students 7,303[1]
Location Gilroy, California, U.S.A.
36°58′25″N 121°34′08″W / 36.9736°N 121.5690°W / 36.9736; -121.5690Coordinates: 36°58′25″N 121°34′08″W / 36.9736°N 121.5690°W / 36.9736; -121.5690
Campus Suburban
Former names San Benito Junior College (1919–1963)
Colors Blue and Red         
Nickname Rams
Mascot Bucky the Ram
Affiliations California Community Colleges and Gavilan Joint Community College District
Website www.gavilan.edu
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Gavilan College (formerly San Benito County Junior College) is a community college located in Gilroy, California.

History[edit]

The college was established in 1919 as the San Benito County Junior College. It operated as such until 1963, when a new community college district was drawn that included both San Benito County and southern Santa Clara County. The college moved to its present main campus in 1968.

Campus[edit]

The main campus is in Gilroy, California. In 1997, satellite sites were added in Hollister and Morgan Hill to augment offerings on the main campus. In 2008 land was purchased in Coyote Valley and San Benito County for the future development of additional campuses.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Steven M. Kinsella.

Academic profile[edit]

Gavilan College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, and certificates in a variety of career fields. Popular programs of study include Liberal Arts, Nursing, Administration of Justice, Computer Science, Digital Media, Child Development, Cosmetology, Biological Sciences, Communications and Business. Gavilan College is also the only community college in northern California offering degree and certificate programs in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Gavilan College hosts an early college high school, Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA), established in 2007.[2] GECA students are able to complete two years of college in their four years of high school by taking advanced placement and honors classes, as well as Gavilan College courses alongside Gavilan students, and can graduate with up to 60 transferable units.

Student life[edit]

Fine and performing arts opportunities include theater, children's theater, gallery art, mural art, ceramics, Folklorico dance, choir, instrumental ensemble, symphony, and vocal ensemble.

Sport[edit]

Athletics teams include men's football, baseball, basketball, and soccer, and women's soccer, basketball, softball, and volleyball. They are nicknamed the Rams.

Notable people[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Gavilan College alumni.

Frank LaCorte was a baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves among other teams.

Former college president Rudy Melone was the founder of the world-renowned Gilroy Garlic Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://datamart.cccco.edu/Students/Enrollment_Status.aspx
  2. ^ Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy was named in honor of the late T. J. Owens (February 4, 1937 – October 17, 2005), former Gilroy Unified School District board trustee and president. Obituary: http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/community/trustee-tj-owens-dies-after-stroke/article_0d379eea-d09f-5a8f-8cb2-f9dc884f1dc4.html

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