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About Gavilan College


Gavilan College cultivates learning and personal growth in students of all backgrounds and abilities through innovative practices in both traditional and emerging learning environments; transfer pathways, career and technical education, developmental education, and support services prepare students for success in a dynamic and multicultural world.

* The mission is evaluated and revised on a regular basis.

Principles of Community

As members of the Gavilan College community, we value the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. We strive to maintain these ideals in an environment of inclusiveness and mutual respect.

The Principles of Community provide the foundation which creates this environment. The expectation is that we maintain the highest ethical standards in order to establish an atmosphere of civility, honesty, cooperation, professionalism and fairness.

Gavilan College aspires to be:


We embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms (the heritage, achievements, uniqueness, and contributions of all our members) and seek to uphold an inclusive, open and enlightened community.


We are a community that maintains a shared commitment to service to society and advancement of knowledge through innovative teaching and learning.


We believe free exchange of ideas requires mutual respect, trust and consideration for our differences.


We are committed to respect for individual dignity and equitable access to resources,
recognition and security.

These Principles of Community, reflected in Board Policy 2715, guide the institution's actions. They provide guidelines to follow and are to be considered a living document. Adherence to the Principles of Community is the professional responsibility of all staff. Behavior that is in conflict with the principles will be subject to administrative review. Ultimately, Gavilan College is dedicated to fulfilling its mission with compassion, caring and understanding, while respecting all individuals.


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, instructional 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.

Last modified: April 16, 2013
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