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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the goal of the Early Alert program?

To provide an early notification to students who are experiencing academic difficulties andare not making satisfactory progress in class.

To provide encouragement and support services to help students get back on track and improve their performance in class.

To retain students in school and assist them in achieving their educational goals.

Who do students speak with after receiving an Early Alert email?

The Alert email will inform students to meet with the instructor or the counselor.  We highly encourage that you speak with your instructor before meeting with the counselor.

Instructors and counselors are here to help you and direct you to support services and/or workshops that may help you academically and personally.

How to schedule an appointment to see a counselor after receiving an Early Alert?

To schedule an appointment with the Early Alert counselor, please call 408 848 4800 x 5606 or email 


Will the Early Alert be placed on the permanent record?

No.  Receiving the Early Alert will not become part of the academic transcript or permanent record.

It is important to note that participation in the Early Alert program is NOT a punishment.  It is an indication that Gavilan College cares about your academic success and wants to ensure that you have the support you need to be successful.


Where can students go for additional assistance in a class?

Students may be referred to the campus support resources such as the Tutoring Center, Math Lab, Writing Center, Student Success Center, Career Center, Financial Aid and Disability Resource Center.  For the list of support services, please visit

Math Lab

Early Alert Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Early Alert program, please contact Sarah Aranyakul, Early Alert counselor, at 408 848 4800 x 5606 or

Last modified: December 16, 2011
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