Gilroy Today 2009 09 Fall - Page 4

Gavilan College Affordable education, personal and professional growth With rising fees at the state university systems, and people seeking retraining or better job skills, credit classes at Gavilan College are packed. Compounding the situation, state budget cuts have required that many sections be cancelled at a time when demand is higher than ever. Fees have been increased at all community colleges by the state legislature. Even at $26 dollars a unit, California Community Colleges provide the most affordable college education in the nation. Gavilan College’s staff remains committed to providing the highest level of service to as many students as possible. For students who are not seeking a degree or transfer, Gavilan College Community Education provides short-term and affordable options for career training, small business support, and enrichment. These classes are also ideal for anyone who wants to learn, but doesn’t want to make a fullsemester commitment. There are even weekend programs for youth. This Fall, popular career programs include Paralegal, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Biller, and Administrative Medical Assistant certificate programs. Small business owners (and people considering starting their own businesses) can learn what it takes to succeed in the Small Business Success series or the Human Resources management series. Stand-alone classes in Workplace Spanish, Customer Service, Medical Terminology, and Marketing are available. Young people will enjoy Scientific Saturdays, Cooking, and Study Skills provided through the College for Youth program. Adults can get creative with crafting, cooking, and photography classes. Community Education is also a great way to improve computer skills and become familiar with new software. Learn Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and many other programs! For those not interested in computer class there is the everpopular motorcycle training programs. Community Education classes are offered in Gilroy, Hollister, and Morgan Hill, or choose among over 240 classes offered online! Contact Information: College: (408) 848-4800 Community Ed: (408) 852-2801 4 FALL 2009 GILROY TODAY