Glendale Community College (California)

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Not to be confused with Glendale University College of Law.
Glendale Community College
Motto N/A
Established 1927
Type Public (two-year)
Endowment $8 Million
President Dr. David Viar
Academic staff
Undergraduates 21,112 [2012][1]
Postgraduates N/A
Location Glendale, California, United States
Campus Suburban, 100 acres (40 ha)
Sports Team Vaqueros "VAQS"
Colors Cardinal and gold
Four boys for every girl at Glendale College, 1948
The John A. Davitt Administration building

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


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. However, the show creator has stated that the show was actually based on his experience attending Glendale Community College. Dan Harmon expressed that the show would be a positive reflection on the college since "the flawed characters are coming into it and becoming unflawed by being in this place because it's been underestimated by the system around it."[2]


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 administration[edit]

The college president is Dr. David Viar.

Glendale Community College District[edit]

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. Pursuant to their authority, they have promulgated policies and administrative regulations for the administration of the district and GCC.

Accreditation 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 will be in 2016

ACCJC Action Letter - July 3, 201 3

GCC Accreditation Team

Evaluation Visiting Team (pdf)

Academic profile[edit]

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 life[edit]


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

Noted people[edit]


Listed in alphabetical order


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  2. ^ "Glendale Community College inspired NBC show airing tonight" Los Angeles Daily News 17 September 2009
  3. ^ "Dick Moje". database Retrieved November 26, 2012. 

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