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August 11, 2005

Contacts: Suzanne Higgins suzanne.higgins@gcmail.maricopa.edu 623.845.3808 Patricia Rhodes Vogel pr.vogel@gcmail.maricopa.edu 623.845.3014

GCC's English as a Second Language Classes Open Doors to Success

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered this fall at Glendale Community College (GCC) provide pathways to economic success for those who wish to build a better life. With the huge growth in non-English speaking populations throughout Maricopa County, ESL classes represent a critical bridge to employment and education. Classes for adults may be taken in "Grammar" or in "Listening and Speaking" and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Aug. 23. They carry three college credits and tuition is $170. Students are placed at the appropriate level through placement tests offered on the GCC campus, 6000 W. Olive Ave. in Glendale. ESL classes fill quickly, so students are encouraged to call GCC registration soon at 623.845.3315.

GCC and Banner Thunderbird Team Up to Address Nursing Shortage

Glendale Community College (GCC) and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center (BTMC) are helping to make a positive impact on Arizona's nursing shortage through full-tuition nursing scholarships totaling $12,000 a year. BTMC donates one $6,000 each fall and spring semester to a GCC student who has taken prerequisites and been accepted into the GCC Nursing Program. On Aug. 11, Lena Larson, of Glendale, became the 14th GCC student to win this scholarship since the program began in 1993. Denise DiGianfilippo, Chair of the Department of Nursing, says, "These scholarships are a real win-win for GCC and for the hospital, as well as for the students who receive them. Every new nurse helps ease the nursing shortage in Arizona, and several of the GCC students who have won scholarships have been hired by BTMC after graduation." GCC is located at 6000 W. Olive Avenue in Glendale. For more information about the highly respected GCC nursing program, visit www.gc.maricopa.edu/nursing or call 623.845.3200.

Gain Job Experience Through GCC's Internship Program

More than 600 potential employers offer internships to Glendale Community College students through the Career Work Experience (CWE) class now accepting registrations. The cost for these pathways to employment can be as low as $60 a semester. Instructor Diane Taylor matches students to real-world internship experiences that open career possibilities. The CWE class helps those of any age who are eager to acquire new skills, undecided about their career goals, or unable to find employment without experience.. The class meets on campus, 6000 W. Olive Ave. in Glendale, four times to cover résumé writing, effective interviewing techniques, job search strategies, and how to get an internship. Internships are usually unpaid, but valuable job experience can be obtained in numerous areas--computers, accounting, marketing, engineering, social work, health care, graphic arts, broadcasting, programming and more. Internships can provide up to three credits, depending on how many hours a week students choose to work. According to Taylor, "the CWE class has provided job experience and opened career possibilities for numerous students, and has saved many others from spending time and money in fields they discovered were not for them." Call 623.845.3333 to register for the CWE class or contact the instructor at diane.taylor@gcmail.maricopa.edu or 623.845.3062.

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