Glendale Community College (California)


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

Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College CA logo.png
MottoHow Do You GCC?[1]
TypePublic community college
Parent institution
California Community Colleges System
Endowment$14,586,000 (2019)[2]
PresidentDr. David Viar[3]
SuperintendentDavid Viar[3]
Colors   Cardinal & gold[5]
Sporting affiliations
SCFA (football)
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.


Aerial view of Glendale Community College (2021)

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 and La Crescenta-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. Effective with the March 2020 election, the elections are held on a first Tuesday after the first Monday.


Fall Demographics of student body
Ethnic Breakdown 2018[7] 2017[8]
Hispanic and Latino American 31% 32%
African American 2% 2%
Asian American 7% 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 50% 48%
Multiracial Americans 3% 3%
International students 4% 5%
Unknown 2% 2%
Female 55% 55%
Male 45% 45%

The college has an open admissions policy and offers credit for life experiences. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).


The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Vaqueros (men) or Lady Vaqueros (women). Glendale currently fields eight men's and eight women's varsity teams. It competes as a member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in the Western State Conference (WSC) for all sports except football, which competes in Southern California Football Association (SCFA).[9]

Notable peopleEdit


In popular cultureEdit

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."[11]


  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." "Style Guide - Logo". Glendale Community College. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  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. Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Glendale College Athletics". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "2018 USNEWS: Glendale Community College Overview".
  8. ^ "2017 USNEWS: Glendale Community College Overview".
  9. ^ "2019-20 CCCAA Directory" (PDF). California Community College Athletic Association. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Dick Moje". database Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  11. ^ "Glendale Community College inspired NBC show airing tonight" Archived 2011-06-03 at the Wayback Machine Los Angeles Daily News 17 September 2009

External linksEdit

  • Official website

Coordinates: 34°10′01.99″N 118°13′42.17″W / 34.1672194°N 118.2283806°W / 34.1672194; -118.2283806