Career Education

Career Education Options

Gavilan offers three types of CE program awards:

  • Associate Degree (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts for Transfer, Associate in Science for Transfer)
  • Certificate of Achievement (requires 18 or more units)
  • Certificate of Proficiency (requires fewer than 18 units)

All provide instruction in the skills and knowledge needed to enter a skilled or semi-professional occupation. Associate degree programs require completion of general education requirements. Certificate programs vary in the number of units required. Occupational certificate programs are developed in close cooperation with advisory committees made up of representatives from business and industry. These advisory committees review courses and make recommendations about technical content so that students will be prepared for the current technology of the job market.

Gavilan offers a number of Certificates of Proficiency, designed with 3-17 units to allow students to achieve job-market proficiencies in a variety of fields. Students must earn a “C” or better in each course for the Certificate of Proficiency, and must take 60 percent of the required courses at Gavilan College in order to earn a certificate here. Students earning certificates will have their fulfillment of requirements verified by a college counselor. Certificates of achievement will appear on the student's transcript while certificates of proficiency will not. Note: Certificate of Proficiency and Certificate of Achievement require a grade of 2.0 (“C”) or better in each course.

Along with the major course requirements listed in each degree major in the following pages, students must complete all general education and legal requirements described in General Education Requirements to be eligible for the associate degree. To complete General Education requirements a student may complete the Gavilan College A.A./A.S. general education, the CSU-GE Breadth or the IGETC pattern.
REMINDER: Courses completed to satisfy general education requirements for an associate degree can also be used for the major unless otherwise specified and beyond the 18-unit minimum.

Specialized Training

It is often difficult to secure employment or to advance to increased responsibility and better paying jobs without specialized training. In the early stages of one’s career it is the specific, technical skills that an employer seeks. Your college record is the best evidence that this specialized training has been secured. Students may combine work toward a certificate or an associate degree with courses leading to advanced standing at a four-year college or university. Many students have thus acquired a marketable skill with which they could support themselves and their families while they continue to work for a baccalaureate degree.