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August 24, 2007

Grand Opening/Dedication Ceremony for T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy

WHO: The Gilroy Unified School District and the Gavilan Joint Community College District, and the principal, staff, and students of T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy

WHAT: Proudly announce the Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony for the new T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, located on the Gavilan College campus. The community is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided. Speakers will include Michael Hall, Principal of T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, Gilroy Unified School District Superintendent Deborah Flores, Gavilan College President Steven M. Kinsella, Brenda Owens, wife of the late T.J. Owens, as well as a representative from the Foundation for California Community College/Gates Foundation. Tours of the new high school will be provided.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 11, 2007; 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

WHERE: Portable Building 17, Gavilan College campus; 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy

WHY: T.J Owens Gilroy Early Academy (GECA) is an educational partnership between Gilroy Unified School District and Gavilan College, and is one of the cutting-edge Early College High Schools envisioned and funded all across the United States through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Students experience a rigorous, college preparatory high school education, as well as take college classes (up to 12 units per semester) for which they receive both college and high school credit. Students will leave after 4 years with both a high school diploma and completion of the first two years of college. The school has been named for T. J. Owens, former president of the Gilroy Unified School District and former Vice President of Student Services at Gavilan College. Owens passed away in October, 2005 following a career devoted to education and the community.

For more information, or to request an accommodation to attend this event, please call (408) 848-4724.

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