Special Programs


The Accessible Education Center (AEC)

The Accessible Education Center (AEC) provides a variety of services to equalize educational opportunities for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Services 4include: academic, career and vocational counseling, alternate media services, assistive computer technology and training, job training and placement, learning skills evaluation, liaison with the State Department of Rehabilitation, mobility assistance, note-taking, referral services, registration assistance, real-time captioning, sign language interpreting, specialized instruction, support classes, test taking facilitation and vocational preparation. Students requiring academic or physical accommodations because of visual, physical, learning and/or other verified disabilities should contact the AEC at 408-848-4865.


The classroom buildings, the Library, the administrative buildings and the Student Center are all accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. Ramps provide access to upper and lower levels. Mobility assistance can be provided. Designated parking is provided for vehicles displaying a state issued disability placard/parking permit. Call 408-848-4767 or 408-848-4865 for tram service.

AEC Classes and Programs

Adapted Physical Education - A wide range of classes are specifically designed for students with physical disabilities in order to increase flexibility and strength, improve range of motion and joint movement, and help improve cardiovascular conditioning and related health matters. These classes are provided by qualified instructors through a number of water and gym activities.
High Tech Center - The High Tech Center provides assistive computer technology and training to students with verified disabilities. The state-of-the-art equipment, software and trained staff empower students to meet their educational goals.
CareerPrep - This program is offered on campus for the high school special-education graduate or equivalent who may require additional special education and vocational training for appropriate entry-level employment in the community. Practical employment skills as well as interpersonal skills are emphasized in a series of classes designed for individual progress.
Computer Access Evaluation - CSIS 570A provides the student with an in-depth computer access evaluation in order to determine an appropriate access environment for a student with a disability or multiple disabilities.
Learning Skills Evaluation - Guidance 557 provides an individual evaluation of a student’s strengths and weaknesses in reading, mathematics, written language reasoning, oral language, perception, and memory. The results are used to determine eligibility for services of the Learning Skills Lab and other AEC accommodations.
Learning Skills Lab - The Learning Skills Lab provides support services and instruction to students with verified disabilities. Students receive specialized instruction, academic support, and learning strategy suggestions appropriate for their individual strengths and weaknesses. The lab has both individualized and small group instruction and support for students who are enrolled in college courses.
Vocational Skill Development for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities - The program promotes self-reliance in activities for maximum independence and employment. Classes are offered at the HOPE Rehabilitation facilities in Gilroy and Hollister in conjunction with a work activity program.
WorkAbility III Program - This program provides job readiness, instruction, and job placement services for students eligible for the Department of Rehabilitation. WA III responds to the needs of local employers by matching a student's interests, skills and abilities to specific jobs.



The Gavilan CalWORKs program coordinates with County CalWORKs programs to assist low income families in becoming self-sufficient through the provision of education, employment and supportive services. Eligible students should be at least 18 years old, have at least one child under the age of 18 years old and be receiving or eligible to receive cash assistance from the county in which they live. Supportive services include childcare, transportation assistance, academic, personal and career counseling, textbooks, subsidized employment and assistance in navigating both county and college processes. Visit us online at www.gavilan.edu/calworks or contact us at (408) 852-2838. We are located in room LI135.


The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education assists single parents who attend or would like to attend Gavilan College. CARE is a joint effort between the Department of Social Services, EOPS and Gavilan College. To be eligible for CARE, a student must be at least 18 years of age, single parent head of household, receiving cash aid from the Department of Social Services and have at least one child. Services provided include transfer and career education and counseling, priority registration, academic tutoring, financial assistance with childcare, transportation, textbooks, supplies and other support services. Students interested in participating in the CARE Program should contact the Gavilan College EOPS Office and meet with a staff member. Spanish-speaking staff are available.


Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services is a state funded program established to assist low income and academically disadvantaged California residents to be successful in college. EOPS/CARE provides eligible students with support services such as early registration, personal and academic counseling, transfer assistance and may include grants and book assistance. EOPS/CARE Staff are advocates for students and committed to helping them achieve their educational goals.

Food Pantry

The Gavilan Food Pantry is a free service available to all students.  The Food Pantry is a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and is designed to reduce food insecurity and assist with student success.  Services include daily snacks, weekly bags of supplemental non-perishable foods, and bi-weekly fresh food distributions.  Please visit our website at www.gavilan.edu/foodpantry for hours of operation and monthly distribution dates as they are subject to change.  We are located in LI134.

Foster Youth Services 

The EOPS office serves as a hub to connect current or former foster youth students with the appropriate supportive services and referrals to additional resources on and off campus. A designated foster youth academic counselor is available to support students with an individualized educational learning plan, assistance with essential school supplies and textbook support. Eligible current or former foster youth are encouraged to apply for the EOPS pro- gram to receive a wider range of supportive services.

Fresh Success

The Gavilan Fresh Success program is designed to support students in achieving academic success while increasing wage earning power. This program focuses on serving students who are enrolled in Career Education programs including Community Education, GED, and ESL programs. Eligible students must be receiving or eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, living in Santa Clara County or San Benito Counties. Supportive services may include textbook voucher, parking permit, transportation assistance, academic counseling, job readiness assistance, as well as rental, PG&E, and vehicle repair assistance. Visit us online at www.gavilan.edu/freshsuccess or contact us at (408) 852-2838, we are located in LI135.


Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Program (MESA)

MESA Undergraduate Program is a partnership between the University of California (UC) and California Community College Chancellor’s Office. The program provides academic support services to qualified students who are majoring in math-based fields and who plan to transfer to four-year universities. Open to all eligible students, MESA emphasizes participation by educationally underserved students. MESA provides a Study Center, Academic Excellence Workshops, trips to universities, Academic Advising, workshops and much more. MESA is the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science, National Science Foundation (NSF) recipient, and the Innovations in American Government Award, a project of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Ford Foundation.


Puente Project - Bridge to Success

The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally undeserved students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations. Research indicates that Puente students transfer at a high rate and succeed academically. The program is open to all students.

  • English Instruction: Puente students take two consecutive writing classes, English 1A/English 210 (Composition/English Academy) and English 1 C (Critical Reasoning/Writing). These classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment to build confidence in writing skills through an exploration of the Mexican American/Latino experience.
  • Counseling: Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor until they graduate, exploring career options, developing an academic educational plan and identifying lifetime goals. Students visit University of California and California State University campuses and attend an annual Puente student transfer conference. All Puente students are also required to enroll in Guidance 6 (Life Skills for Higher Education) and Guidance 1 (Self-Assessment and Career Development).
  • Mentors: Each Puente student is matched with a mentor from the business or professional community. Mentors share their personal, academic and career experiences and provide a window into “real-life” work environments. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students, their families, their colleges and their communities.

TRiO Program

The TRiO Student Support Services Program is a federally funded program designed to assist 160 first generation, low-income, and/ or disabled Gavilan College students as they prepare to obtain a two-year degree and/or transfer to a four-year university.

TRiO is committed to increasing graduation and transfer rates by creating a "sense of place" for those students who sometimes feel isolated or disconnected during their college experience. TRIO provides a variety of services including academic, career and personal counseling, supplemental grant aid, laptop and calculator lending, Summer Bridge Program, informational workshops, cultural & social activities, TRIO Lounge and much more.


Veterans' Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) provides resources and services for student veterans. The center is staffed by student veterans who are committed to helping other veterans manage the transition from military service to the college campus setting. The VRC provides a warm and welcoming place for veterans to connect with one another and learn about available campus services. Come by and see us in Library 109. We are here to help you succeed! For more information please contact 408-848-4767.