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Points of Pride
- Glendale Community College (GCC) is a public, two-year community college serving approximately 30,000 students last year.
- GCC main campus at 59th and Olive Avenues was established in 1965, making it the second college in the Maricopa Community College District. The campus spans 147 acres and has 226 palm trees.
- GCC North, an extension site, located at 57th Avenue and Happy Valley Road, opened in Fall 2000 to serve the higher educational needs of the Northwest Valley.
- GCC also offers classes at several valley locations.
- Northern Arizona University North Valley campus located at I-17 and Greenway Road offers GCC general education classes.
- Valley Vista High School in Surprise has a select offering of GCC classes.
- More than 350,000 students have enrolled in credit courses at GCC leading to associate degrees, certification, industry-specific training and university transfer.
- In 2005, GCC began a $105 million, multi-year Capital Development Program, adding 270,000 sf of new instructional facilities, renovating many buildings, and enhancing safety and technology. Funds were made possible by a successful Bond Election in 2004 that passed by a three-to-one margin.
- GCC is a major employer in the West Valley, with approximately 242 full-time faculty and 312 full-time staff. The estimated economic impact of GCC on the City of Glendale is more than $20 million annually.
- The Fire Science program partners with more than 20 cities in training future firefighters. GCC’s Law Enforcement Academy provides 10 cities and public entities with certified police officers.
- In April 2007 the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center opened to enable GCC Police and Fire Students to train in state of the art facilities.
- 1,200+ students have participated in the ACE Plus (Achieving a College Education Plus) Program. GCC’s unique partnership with ten high schools offers at-risk, first-generation college students an opportunity to receive scholarships to begin college courses while in high school.
- As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, many GCC fields 15 sport teams for men’s and women’s intercollegiate competition and have been nationally ranked.