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December 18, 2003

Contact: Suzanne Higgins suzanne.higgins@gcmail.maricopa.edu 623-845-3808

Special Reception Jan. 14, 2004! New Classes Take "Fear Factor" Out of Computers for Senior Adults

New Glendale Community College (GCC) classes in relaxed, informal settings will teach older adults unfamiliar with computers the basics they need to know to go high tech. The Computer Academy for Lifelong Learners (CALL), designed specifically for older adults, assumes that students know virtually nothing about computers. The courses are perfect for first-time, new computer users.

A special reception to introduce students to CALL and other, similar classes will be held Wed., Jan. 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Building lobby. GCC is located at 6000 W. Olive Avenue in Glendale; the Physical Sciences Building is on the extreme north-central edge of the campus.

Math Class Taught Completely in Spanish is a First for GCC

Glendale Community College (GCC) has taken an important step in making college more accessible to Spanish-only speakers. For the first time, an academic class, MAT 082, is being offered totally in Spanish. GCC offers ESL classes to help people learn English, Spanish language classes, and classes whose instructors may have some knowledge of Spanish. But this is the first course developed and designed to be taught completely in Spanish. MAT 082 is a Basic Arithmetic class. Although it is not transferable to a university, it is the optimum place to start for anyone who speaks only Spanish or whose math skills do not qualify them for a college algebra class--commonly needed to graduate in almost any major. For the upcoming spring semester, MAT 082 (section 2762) will be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:00-8:50 a.m. For more information, call GCC phone registration at 623-845-3333. Glendale Community College is located at 6000 W. Olive Avenue in Glendale.

GCC's Advancement Director Wins International Leadership Award

Innovation in community outreach has resulted in a major national award for Glendale Community College. For "academic and administrative leadership," GCC Advancement Services Director George A. Martinez has won the 2004 International Exemplary Leadership Award from The Chair Academy. The Academy is one of the nation's leading organizations for the education/training of leaders in academia, especially community colleges. Martinez will receive the award at a national conference in Virginia in March, and he and GCC will be profiled in The Chair Academy journal and website.

The award recognizes how GCC marketing, media and government relations, community education, and development/fund raising have been combined in a College Advancement unit. Martinez led a recent staff reorganization at GCC to build a team of professionals and launch many new activities that involve students and capitalize on existing College resources. GCC's new outreach activities since July 2002 include the Maricopa District's only weekly News Service in both English and Spanish; direct mail campaigns with an online, interactive component reaching 300,000 Northwest Valley residents; new publications, such as a bi-weekly President's Newsletter and a quarterly Adjunct Faculty newsletter; a legislative relations outreach program; and new community engagement opportunities for the growing Hispanic population.

Martinez joined GCC in July 2002, after having served for 15 years in communications leadership positions in K-16 education throughout Arizona.

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