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Glendale Community College (California)

Glendale Community College (GCC) is a community college in Glendale, California, USA.

Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College (CA) logo (Armenians are the best, bro).png
Motto How Do You GCC?[1]
Type Community College
Established 1927
Parent institution
California Community Colleges System
Endowment $11,184.936(2016)[2]
President Dr. David Viar[3]
Superintendent Dr. David Viar[3]
Students 19,207[4]
Location Glendale, California, United States
Colors Cardinal & Gold          [5]
Nickname Vaqueros[6]
Four boys for every girl at Glendale College, 1948
The John A. Davitt Administration building



The college was founded as Glendale Junior College in 1927, to serve the Glendale Union High School District which at the time included La Crescenta, Glendale, and Tujunga. From 1927 to 1929 classes were held in the buildings of Glendale Union High School at Broadway and Verdugo in the City of Glendale. In 1929 the junior college moved to the Harvard School plant of the Glendale Union High School District where it remained until 1937. In this year a new plant, part of the present one, was completed and occupied. The year before, in 1936, the Glendale Junior College District was dissolved as such and became a part of the new Glendale Unified School District. The name of the school was changed to Glendale College in 1944. On July 1, 1970 Glendale College became a part of the Glendale Junior College District. On April 20, 1971 the Board of Education adopted a resolution changing the District name to Glendale Community College District.

On November 3, 1980, Glendale voters approved a measure to establish separate Boards, with the new board taking office in April 1981. The separation resulted in the creation of a Board of Trustees solely responsible for the governance of the Glendale Community College District. In 1936, 25 acres (10 ha) were acquired for the present site of the college.

Glendale Community College inspired the NBC show Community which premiered in the fall season of 2009. The show uses the fictional setting of Greendale Community College; the show's creator, Dan Harmon, has stated that the show was actually based on his experience attending Glendale Community College. Harmon describes the series as "flawed characters [coming into Greendale] and becoming unflawed by being in this place because it's been underestimated by the system around it."[7]


The campus now consists of 100 acres (40 ha) and 15 permanent buildings. It is located on the slopes of the San Rafael Hills overlooking the valleys in the Glendale area.

Organization and administrationEdit

The college president is Dr. David Viar.

Glendale Community College DistrictEdit

The Glendale Community College District is a constituent community college district of the California Community College System (CCCS), whose only college is GCC.

It is governed by a 5-member elected Board of Trustees, elected by geographical district effective in 2017. Pursuant to their authority, they have promulgated policies and administrative regulations for the administration of the district and GCC and serves Glendale, La Crescenta and Montrose.

The elections for the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees is held at the same day the Glendale City Council and Glendale Unified School District Board of Education, which takes place on a first Tuesday after the first Monday in April of odd-numbered years.


Glendale Community College was evaluated in 2010 by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is an accredited institution. The next regular evaluation was to be in 2016.ACCJC Action Letter - July 3, 201 [1]

Academic profileEdit

Representative of the City of Glendale, GCC is a diverse college of more than 15,000 students enrolled in credit courses, and over 7,000 more enrolled in non-credit courses. A full account of the college's population can be found at its research and planning office.

Student lifeEdit


The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Vaqueros (men) or Lady Vaqueros (women).

Tony Hoggatts, Brett Miller, Frank Farwell, Dianne Spangler, Robert Dos Remedios and the 1979 Men’s Soccer Team were inducted into the Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. Oliver Shokouh and Harley Davidson of Glendale were honored with the Community Partnership award. The 15th annual banquet and induction ceremony took place Saturday October 8, 2016 on campus in the Verdugo Gym.

Tony Hoggatts was the Co-State Player of the Year for the Vaqueros Men’s Basketball Team in 1998-1999 and was also the Western State Conference Player of the Year and continued his career at Cal State Bakersfield. Brett Miller played 10 years in the NFL from 1983 to 1992 after playing two years at Glendale in 1978-79 and later at the University of Iowa from 1980-82. Frank Farwell has been a dedicated supported of GCC Athletics for over 30 years as a former football player and assistant football coach. Dianne Spangler was a tremendous athlete at GCC and coached women’s volleyball, cross country and track and field from 1976 to 2001. Two of her teams in volleyball and cross country have been inducted into the HOF as well as athletes Julie Flynn and Angela Collins. Robert Dos Remedios played football at Glendale for two years and was an All-American in 1985 for the team that was inducted into the HOF in 2002. He later played football at UC Berkeley and has worked in the field of strength and conditioning for decades, where he is considered an expert, and has given clinics all around the world. The 1979 Men’s Soccer Team won the WSC, Southern California and state championship under Head Coach Cherif Zein, who also coached the 1983 team to the state championship and has previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2016 GCC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Oliver Shokouh/Harley Davidson of Glendale-Community Partnership Award Tony Hoggatts-Outstanding Athlete Brett Miller-Outstanding Athlete Frank Farwell-Meritorious Service Dianne Spangler-Outstanding Coach Robert Dos Remedios-Pillar of Achievement 1979 Men’s Soccer Team-Outstanding Team[8]

Notable peopleEdit


Listed in alphabetical order


  1. ^ "The tagline 'How Do You GCC?' was developed to provoke a response from the audience. It asks the individual to think about their relationship with the college. This applies to students, members of the faculty and staff, community members and anyone that has interaction with Glendale Community College." "About GCC: Style Guide - Logo". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Note 7 - Donor Designated Endowments. "Glendale College Foundation Audit Report". Glendale College Foundation, Inc. (A California Nonprofit Corporation). June 30, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "About GCC: Administration". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Enrollment Status Summary". California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The official colors of Glendale College are cardinal and gold ..." "About GCC: Style Guide - Fonts & Colors". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Glendale College Athletics". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Glendale Community College inspired NBC show airing tonight" Los Angeles Daily News 17 September 2009
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  9. ^ "Dick Moje". database Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 

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