Gogebic Community College

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Gogebic Community College
Established 1932
Type Public two-year
President James Lorenson
Dean Ken Trzaska, Erik Guenard, Jeanne Graham
Academic staff 32[1]
Students 1,300[2]
Location Ironwood, Michigan, United States
Campus Rural
Colors Green and white         
Nickname Samsons
Affiliations North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and Michigan Community College Association
Website http://www.gogebic.edu

Gogebic Community College is a public two-year college located in Ironwood, Michigan, United States, and was founded as Ironwood Junior College in 1932. The college has a main campus in Ironwood and a site in Houghton, Michigan to serve Houghton County and the surrounding area.

The college offers two-year associate's degrees, a variety of certification programs, occupational training, and other learning opportunities for the surrounding community. It is the home of Mount Zion Recreational Complex, which is owned and operated by the college, and run by students, staff, and faculty from the school’s Ski Area Management program.


The GCC Athletic Program fields five intercollegiate teams. The Gogebic Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region XIII. The Samsons compete against teams in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.[3]

Gogebic Community College intercollegiate sports include:

  • Fall - Cross Country (Running), Women's Volleyball
  • Winter - Men's and Women's Basketball,

The GCC Athletic Director is Aaron Bender.

The Chieftain[edit]

The student newspaper for Gogebic Community College, The Chieftain, is published by the students several times throughout the year. This publication reviews activities of the college and provides news of events, student comments, and personal items. It offers an opportunity for students to gain real life experience in writing and journalism. The Chieftain is available at several locations on campus and in the community.[4]

Student Life[edit]

There are several student groups on campus including Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, Campus Crusade for Christ, ADAPT (Alcohol, Drug Awareness and Prevention Team), The Chieftain, and Cheerleading, Intramural Sports (football, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, bowling), Creative Arts and Performance Club and Intercollegiate Athletics.[5]


  • 1932-52 Superintendent of Ironwood City Schools, Arthur E. Erickson
  • 1952-66 Superintendent of Ironwood City Schools, Reginald Ernest Dear
  • 1932-48 College Dean, Reginald Ernest Dear
  • 1948-52 College Dean. R.D. Chadwick
  • 1952-66 College Director, Jacob Solin
  • 1966-67 President, Dr. James Lehman
  • 1967-76 President, Dr. James Perry
  • 1976-83 President, Dr. Rawdon Ernest Dear
  • 1983-86 President, Dr. Robert Bennett
  • 1987 Acting President, Janet Blanchard
  • 1987-94 President, Dr. James Grote
  • 1994-95 Acting President Thomas Cvengros
  • 1995-2005 President, Dr. Donald Foster
  • 2005-2007 President, Dr. Gary S. Wheeler
  • 2008–present President, James Lorenson[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • The late Jay W. Johnson, former member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin (1997–1999) and 36th Director of the United States Mint.[7]
  • Steven E. Day, Coast Guard Rear Admiral (Lower Half) currently serving as Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, Coast Guard Atlantic Area.[8]
  • Dr. R. Rodney Pakonen, a former senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, and vice president and manager of the public finance department of US Bank National Association.
  • Dr. Vivian A. Bull, a Director of Fred Meyer, Inc. since 1996. Dr. Bull was President of Linfield College from August 1992 until 2005. Prior to that time she was in the Department of Economics at Drew University from 1960 to 1992. Dr. Bull is a Director of the Oregon Independent College Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon Independent College Association. Dr. Bull is a former Director of Chemical Bank in New Jersey and Horizon Bank.


  1. ^ "GCC Systems Portfolio". GCC 2009 Systems Portfolio. 
  2. ^ "2010 Enrollment Report". 2010 GCC Enrollment Report. 
  3. ^ "Athletics". GCC Athletics. 
  4. ^ "About the Chieftain". Chieftain. 
  5. ^ http://www.gogebic.edu/studentinfo/services/extra.shtm
  6. ^ http://gogebic.edu/alumni/history.shtm
  7. ^ Ryman, Richard (2009-10-18). "Jay Johnson dies at 66; was congressman, Green Bay TV anchor". The Post Crescent. Retrieved 2009-10-19. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Official USCG Bio (Steven E. Day)". Official USCG Bio (Steven E. Day). 

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Coordinates: 46°28′20″N 90°09′56″W / 46.4721°N 90.1655°W / 46.4721; -90.1655