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Message from the Associate Dean
“The future depends on what we do in the present” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Spring is a time for renewal and growth. For students, the spring semester can be a time to reinvigorate your reasons for being in college. Whether it is a path to a new job, a certificate, degree or transfer, utilizing the support services available from the EOPS and CalWORKs Department will guarantee your success. Remember to meet with your counselor three or more times per semester to develop your educational plan on degree works, review your progress report, register for the following semester during pre-priority registration or discuss personal, academic or career issues. In order to progress with your educational goals in a timely manner, complete 12 units each semester, maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average and always aim for A’s or B’s. Consider attending some of the workshops in the spring 2011 Student Success Workshop series. Instructor Karen Warren will be presenting an informative workshop on how to write a personal statement for scholarships on February 8th at 1:30 p.m. Check in with the EOPS and CalWORKs staff to stay abreast of important updates such as university visits and deadlines. Most of the staff have been here for many years committed to the mission of providing “over and above” services to help you accomplish your goals. We have had some personnel changes spring semester. Johana Garcia, CalWORKs Office Assistant and Vince Hamilton, CalWORKs counselor, are no longer working in the department. Please join us in congratulating Vince, who has been hired as the new Basic Skills Counselor for Gavilan College. Have a great semester, Anne Ratto, Associate Dean, EOPS/CalWORKs
Inside this issue:
CalWORKs Updates CARE Information CDC WORKs Counselor’s Corner EOPS Club Chat 2 2 2 3 4
EOPS Reaches Out to Foster Youth
Foster Youth may need extra assistance in order to access college. In order to address this need, Blanca Arteaga and Anne Ratto have become the Foster Youth Liaisons for Gavilan College. “We want foster youth to know that they can achieve success at Gavilan and that there is plenty of support and assistance,” states Anne Ratto. During fall 2010 semester the Foster Youth Committee, comprised of student service providers in the counseling department, EOPS/ CalWORKs, DRC, TRIO, Career Transfer, Admissions and the Public Information Office met to coordinate services for current or former foster youth. A foster youth website has been developed at http:// The Foster Youth Liaisons have been busy connecting with state and local foster youth agencies and are planning a Foster Youth Welcome Event on January 26, 2011, from 10:00-12:00 in the North/South Lounge.
EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs staff & students visit with Assemblywoman Anna Caballero.
For more information, www.gavilan.edu/ please contact, Anne Ratto guardianscholars/index.html at (408) 848-4772. to provide helpful resources and information to students.
Greetings! I hope this news letter find you all in good health. It has been a difficult year for the CalWORKs program. First we were threatened with elimination, then childcare cuts and finally, deep cuts to many college programs. We are limping along but we are still here! To those of you who wrote letters of support, sent emails and advocated for CalWORKs – many thanks. The future looks just as tough as far as budgets and the economy. Please continue to advocate for yourselves and our college programs. You might have all heard that we have lost some valuable staff members due to the deep cuts to our program. You are no strangers to barriers and making due with so little. Those that are still here remain committed to walking with you as you complete your education, and continue on the road to selfsufficiency. I not only recognize what amazing staff we have, I see daily how persistent and resilient all of you are. So my promise to all of you for spring semester is this; together we can and will make it through these challenging times. Peace and goodwill, Susan L. Sweeney Director of CalWORKs
Congratulations to our very own Olga Rodriguez for being honored with the CalWORKs Client Achievement Award.
2011 brings changes to CalWORKs
Happy New Year! The New Year has brought change: Employment through CalWORKs is scarce, however if you are interested in working I encourage you to meet with me so we can discuss your options. Although I may not be able to subsidize employment at the current time there may be unsubsidized employment available. As you read in Susan’s message we have lost some staff and as a result our office will not be as available as in previous semesters. There will no longer be services in Morgan Hill. Gilroy evening hours will take place on Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s until 7pm. Hollister will have services on Thursday’s from 9am-6pm. I realize with change comes resistance because many of us like and are familiar with how things “used to be”. Please know our office is working harder than ever to ensure each and every one of you has what you need, when you need it. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we all move through challenging times. One of the many things I have learned as a previous CalWORKs student and having worked for CalWORKs over the last 5 years is change comes often. Change can be good; it allows us to be more creative and think outside the box, which often times leads to more efficient results.
Last but not least, if you have questions or concerns that are affecting your personal and or academic success please see one of the CalWORKs staff. We are here to help navigate through your journey towards self sufficiency! Warm Regards, Annette Gutierrez Program Specialist
Welcome new and continuing CARE students. Hope you had a great semester. For those of you that will be returning in Spring 2011, do not forget to meet with me at the beginning of the semester to pick up a supply voucher. CARE updates: Gas cards and bus passes are available the first day of instruction, unless you are on probation. If so, you will need to attend a probation workshop before receiving any services. You must attend two workshops during the semester and complete 9 units to be in good standing. The EOPS/CARE Region IV Consortium will be sponsoring their 5th Annual CARE Conference, which will be held at San Jose State University. Date to be announced.
CDC WORKs is a unique program designed for CalWORKs students who want to become Early Childhood Educators. Students in CDC WORKs are supported in their academic progress at Gavilan and are assisted as they pursue teaching permits in the Child Development field. CDC WORKs services include: Coverage of costs for fingerprinting, transportation, & books, Individualized education planning for Child Development. Assistance with the Permit application process, Collaboration with Child Development mentors, Connection with other CalWORKs students who are pursuing Child Development. If you have questions about the program or eligibility, contact Blanca at 408-848-4747 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Alonzo at 408-848-4814.
San Jose State University visit.
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Counselor’s Corner… “Welcome to Spring 2011!”
Welcome to the Spring 2011 semester! We are excited to begin a new year and will be available to assist you in your academic endeavors. We also want to welcome those of you who are new this semester and look forward to meeting you. Below are important deadlines and information that are critical to meeting your educational goals. • Renew Your Financial Aid Application Complete the FAFSA beginning January 1st. If you are a student transferring in the fall, please be sure to add all the schools you applied to. The priority deadline for most grants is March 2nd. Complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you need assistance in completing your FAFSA, please call 408-848-4740 to schedule an appointment.
Degree Works Educational Plan
Make sure you have a complete educational plan. As you know, this is your roadmap to reach your graduation goal. If you do not already have an educational plan developed on “my Degree Works,” please be sure to see your counselor to complete one this semester. Ed plans will be developed or updated after the second week of the Spring 2011 semester.
If you will be completing the requirements for your certificate or degree in the Spring 2011 semester, please make an appointment with your counselor at the beginning of the semester to complete the required paperwork. The deadline for filing your petition is April 11th. Progress Reports Reviewing your progress report with your counselor will ensure your success in courses. Remember that turning it in early may grant you a pre-priority registration appointment for summer and fall courses. Dates for submission are March 14th – April 22nd. Transfer Updates Activate your University Student Portal (Ex: mySJSU, myCSUMB) All of the universities to which you applied will communicate with you entirely by messages and “to-do” lists posted to your student portal. You are responsible for monitoring your progress for each university and must take action by posted deadlines. Failure to do so may result in your application or admission to the university being withdrawn!
Have you taken the Writing Skills Test (WST)?
If you are planning to transfer to San Jose State University, you must take the WST to be eligible for certain upper division courses. Visit this website for information on the test: https://testing.sjsu.edu/twst.html. Student Orientation & Intent to Enroll As early as February, you may be informed about your admission status from each of the universities to which you applied. This means that you will have to make a decision soon about which school you will attend in the fall semester. Be sure to submit your intent to enroll and pay the required fee (fee not covered by financial aid). The majority of universities have mandatory orientation for all transfer students. At orientation, advising and registration will take place. Please make sure you sign up EARLY to ensure the best selection of courses. Be aware that you will have to pay a fee to reserve your spot. Financial aid will not cover this fee, so start saving now! Fees may vary. Failure to pay or attend orientation will affect your admission status. General Education Certification If you are planning to transfer to a four year university for the fall 2011 semester you must request a General Education Certification to submit to your intended university. You must request this at the admissions office by May 2nd. Final Transcripts Be sure to submit a final copy of your transcript to your intended university. Your final transcript must include your grades for the spring 2011 semester. The deadline is typically July 15th. If you have summer courses pending prior to transferring, you must submit another transcript with you final grades for summer.
Don’t forget that we have drop-in hours every Wednesday! Regards, Your EOPS/CalWORKs Counselors: Blanca E. Arteaga, & Mari Garcia
EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs 5055 Santa Teresa, CA 95020 Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: 408-848-4740 Fax: 408-846-4934
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EOPS Club Chat
Calendar of Events
Drop-In Counseling Hours:
Every Wednesday, check with the front desk for hours.
Staff & Counselors Anne Ratto, EOPS/CalWORKs Associate Dean Susan Sweeney, CalWORKs Director Blanca Arteaga, EOPS/CalWORKs Counselor Mari Garcia, EOPS Counselor Gloria Mancera, EOPS/CARE Program Specialist Lucy Olivares, EOPS Senior Program Specialist Annette Gutierrez, CalWORKs Program Specialist Adriana Servin, EOPS Office Assistant
The EOPS Club mission is to provide students with support through peer mentoring and foster academic success by networking among EOPS and Gavilan College students. Join us, get involved and participate in community service. Enhance your leadership skills while meeting new friends. Once again, the EOPS Club sponsored another successful holiday toy drive for our students’ children. Thank you to all who helped, especially Sara, Maura, Luisa, Lauren, Angel, Janette, Olga, and Jessica. PLEASE join us in the spring to help coordinate activities and fundraising efforts for our EOPS scholarships. Look for our first meeting date during the month of February—make a difference. Have a great spring 2011 semester! Club Advisors Mari Garcia & Lucy Olivares
Spring semester begins:
Wed,. Feb. 2nd.
President’s Day Holiday:
Fri., Feb. 18-Mon., Feb. 21
Financial Aid Deadline: March 2nd “NRS” Deadline: Thurs., March 3rd Progress Report Due:
March 14-April 22.
Spring Graduation Petitions Due:
Mon., April 11
“W” Deadline: Wed., April 27 EOPS/CalWORKs Awards:
Thurs., May 19.
Gavilan College Graduation:
Friday, May 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
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