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Rose, the purchase of a small Piper air- plane that the students can dismantle to learn about its inner workings. “How many presidents can buy an airplane?” she joked. They moved three portables to the site and refurbished them and, “We put together a really fine facility, which will allow us to almost double enrollment in the program.” Fifty students can now attend courses in aviation-related fields such as welding, aircraft maintenance and more. Rose is especially happy to see more women enrolling in the program. Most important to her, when students graduate from this program, “they get jobs immediately in business and technology.” Real-World Skills Under Rose’s lead, the College is becoming even more sensitive to students’ who need to make a living immediately after earning their degrees. They’re hosting a hospitality summit, bringing in speakers from industries such as hotels, tourism, retail, and food safety, as well as looking at offering curriculum in those areas. Rose is also excited to re-start Gavilan’s Aesthetician (skin care) program again this winter. The program took a year off due to under-enrollment but is back in gear. This, along with its Cosmetology program, also offers low-cost services to the community. Local residents can come and get a manicure, a facial, or a haircut — by students working toward their degree—at affordable prices. The Cosmetology program “is always full, impacted even,” said Rose, “because you leave with a career that will help get you a job anywhere.” 44 Gavilan has also received significant funding from the state—nearly $700,000, to develop career technical education programs such as HVAC repair, and solar energy manufacturing jobs. People may not realize that Gavilan also offers a General Education transfer pathway, with 18 Associate Degrees that provide a “direct pipeline to the CSUs. Once students in good standing graduate from here, they are guaranteed entry into a CSU as a junior,” Rose said. With so many irons in so many fires, Rose is beyond busy but still manages to make time for anyone who needs her. “The onus of responsibility is on me to ensure that all these puzzle pieces come together in a comprehensive delivery system that is contemporary, responsive to GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN the global needs of the world, and allows us to authentically stand behind our mission statement…for all our students to be truly global citizens,” said Rose. If this seems like a lot to manage for one person, Rose admits she doesn’t do it all alone. “I’m managed by Nancy Bailey and Pilar Conaway,” she said with a chuckle. However, at the end of the day, it is indeed her capable shoulders that hold the college together. She noted that this position would most likely be her last, the capstone to her educational legacy that will shape the future of Gavilan and touch many lives. After all, Rose strongly believes “that it doesn’t matter if you’re at Stanford or Gavilan; education has the power to launch any person’s life, no matter where you are.” Dr. Rose welcomed attendees to the grand opening of the new site for Gavilan’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program at the San Martin Airport. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 gmhtoday.com