GCC General Catalog 2009-2010
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General Catalog 2009-2010

About GCC

About the college

Glendale Community College - Established 1965

Glendale Community College (GCC) keeps pace with the constant growth of the West Valley, offering increased breadth and depth of educational opportunity. Last year, more than 30,000 students enrolled in courses or pursued degree and certificate programs at one of two GCC campuses, making the College's enrollment the third largest in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). Since 1965, more than 350,000 students have enrolled in credit courses at GCC to prepare for transfer, to advance or change their careers, to earn a degree or certificate, or to enrich their lives through special interest classes.

Created in 1962 with one college, the MCCCD currently consists of ten separately accredited colleges. MCCCD is one of the largest community college districts in the United States. On April 12, 1965, GCC was established by the Governing Board as the second MCCCD college, and charged with serving the higher educational needs of the West Valley. In August 1967, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools first accredited GCC as an individual college. Accreditation continues today through The Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association and includes the GCC Main and GCC North campuses.

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One College - Three Campuses

GCC Main Campus

Located at 59th and Olive Avenues, the GCC Main campus spans 147 acres and serves as a focal point for diverse community activities. The College offers a friendly, welcoming environment for learning. During GCC's inaugural fall semester, 2,000 students enrolled in classes held at two temporary locations. September 16, 1966, was the first day of classes on this beautiful, palm tree-lined campus. A dynamic, future-oriented Facilities Master Plan guides the ongoing development of GCC Main campus to accommodate the changing needs and interests of thousands more students and community members. Planning and construction are underway for a new Public Safety Science facility and multiple renovation projects have been completed as a result of the voter-approved 2004 capital development bond.

GCC North Campus

GCC continually reaches out to where students live. A good example is GCC North, a campus extension at 57th Avenue and Happy Valley Road. GCC North opened in fall 2000 with 797 students; its fall 2008 enrollment was 1,884. GCC North offers a variety of courses, programs and student services. GCC North is projected to enroll close to 8,000 students by 2014. The 75-acre site has a Facilities Master Plan that incorporates four new buildings and renovation of the original site. All new services opened Fall 2008. These improvements are possible due to funding from the voter-approved 2004 capital development bond.

GCC Classes at Other Valley Locations

Expanding its efforts to offer classes at multiple sites for the convenience of students, GCC now also offers classes at the "Communiversity" a partnership between the Maricopa Community Colleges and the City of Surprise. This new facility near Surprise's new City Hall offers programs from at least three of the Maricopa Community Colleges and five universities.

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GCC Vision

Glendale Community College will be an innovative educational provider of quality lifelong learning experiences for all members of the community.

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GCC Mission

The mission of Glendale Community College (GCC) is to address the higher education needs of its community. Through its diverse programs and services, GCC assists students in meeting their educational goals.

We fulfill this mission as an institution of higher education by preparing students:

• To participate responsibly in a culturally diverse, technological and global society.

• For successful transfer to colleges and universities.

• For employment and advancement within their chosen careers.

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How Well Is GCC Helping You Achieve Your Goals?

At GCC we want to have no doubts that we are doing our best to help you, our students, achieve your goals. As our mission indicates, "…GCC assists students in meeting their educational goals." At GCC, that's not just a lofty statement. In order to determine how thoroughly we are accomplishing our mission, we measure and track key pieces of information; this is formally known as Institutional Effectiveness.

What does GCC measure and track in order to determine how effective we are as a community college? How about how well GCC graduates can write, read critically, and reason critically. Also, how well can our students give a speech, locate and evaluate information, and use technology like computers and email?

Additionally, we care about how extensively GCC prepares you for work or to transfer to a university. Also, we want to know if we are helping you start and successfully complete each semester, or complete a degree or certificate - if that is what you want to accomplish. We also care about how successfully GCC is preparing you to make decisions every day in life, for the rest of your life!

And finally, we really care about serving you, our students, along every step of your journey at GCC. In the classroom and out, we want to have no doubts that we are doing the best we can to help you achieve your goals.

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