Gavilan College Pilot

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Providing services for Gavilan College students who participate in CalFresh.

In Santa Clara County, a new community college CalFresh E&T program is proposed for Gavilan College beginning in Spring 2016. This program is designed to support students to become more employable.

This program is eligible for Gavilan College students who are:

  • Attending specific classes (including GED, ESL, career technical education, and adult basic education)
  • Santa Clara County residents
  • Enrolled in CalFresh (at or below 200% of federal poverty level generally.)
  • A member of a group that Gavilan research has identified as having the highest inequities in student outcomes, as described in the Gavilan College Student Equity Plan. The 2014-15 Plan has specifically identified Latinos, low-income students, and emancipated foster youth.

The program will also serve students timed out of TANF (Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families).

Basic services:

  • Intake and case management
  • Orientation to the college
  • Academic and career counseling
  • Development of an Educational Plan
  • At least one academic progress meeting per term (with at least one follow-up meeting for students with grade point averages below 2.0).

Language translators may be requested for counseling sessions

Additional services may include:

  • Peer mentoring
  • Skills and educational assessment
  • Job readiness coaching
  • Job development and placement services.



Staff will build relationships with industry partners to identify work-based learning and job shadowing opportunities, and will invite employers to a career fair which will be partially staffed by the program. Each year will culminate with a recognition ceremony.

Finally, the program may include a series of group workshops provided by campus staff with expertise in particular topics, professional role models working in different industries, and other qualified presenters. Topics may include:

  • Industry-specific expectations and career pathways
  • Interviewing and resume-writing tips
  • Job-seeking tips
  • High-demand local jobs requiring an AA degree or less
  • Emotional intelligence in the workplace
  • Wages and budgeting
  • Healthy lifestyles

In addition to these services, the Fresh Success program at Gavilan College may pay students up to the actual costs of the following expenses:

  • Required textbooks
  • Transportation assistance in the form of bus passes and gas cards
  • Career assessment and career interest survey fees
  • Costs for fingerprinting and TB testing
  • Emergency housing of up to one month
  • Required tools for classes such as automotive technology and culinary arts

Contact us

Gavilan College

Susan Sweeney
CalWORKs/ Fresh Success Coordinator
T: 408.848.4813

Foundation Contact

Tanya Garbolino
Senior Program Specialist, Fresh Success
T: 916.491.4477

Fact Sheet

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Partners and Supporters

  • AC Strategic Solutions
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California Welfare Directors Association
  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Y&H Soda Foundation

Pilot Providers

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How to get involved

  • Start a pilot program in a community-based organization or community college
  • Join with other funders to support planning, technical assistance, evaluation, and pilots
  • Complete an interest form to be contacted by Fresh Success staff

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