Glendale Community College (California)
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|Motto||How Do You GCC?|
|California Community Colleges System|
|President||Dr. David Viar|
|Superintendent||Dr. David Viar|
|Colors||Cardinal & Gold |
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; 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."
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
The college president is Dr. David Viar.
Glendale Community College District
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.
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 was to be in 2016.ACCJC Action Letter - July 3, 2013 
More than 15,000 students enroll in credit courses and over 7,000 more enroll in non-credit courses.
The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Vaqueros (men) or Lady Vaqueros (women).
- Mark Caguioa, professional basketball player
- Glenn Corbett, actor
- Marian Cleeves Diamond, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Neuroanatomy at University of California, Berkeley, taught at UCB for over 50 years; one of the founders of modern neuroscience
- Angie Dickinson, actress
- Marco Estrada, pitcher Toronto Blue Jays
- Cathy Ferguson, two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer
- Bob Gagliano, American football player
- Blake Gailen (born 1985), baseball player
- Beverly Garland, actress
- Dan Harmon, television writer/producer, creator of Community
- Ron Lopez, football player
- Hue Jackson, NFL coach
- Donald D. Lorenzen (1920–80), LA City Council member, 1969–77
- Masiela Lusha, actress
- Eva Mendes, actress
- Dick Moje, National Football League player
- Ricky Ortiz, professional wrestler
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- Kay Panabaker, actress
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- Freddy Sanchez, baseball player
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- Ryan Seacrest, Broadcaster, Producer
- Schoolboy Q, rapper
- Ryan Sherriff (born 1990), Major League baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals
- Lon Simmons, broadcaster
- Juno Stover, two-time Olympic diving medalist; two-time USA-AAU champion; two-time Pan-American Games medalist
- Vic Tayback, actor
- Erick Thohir, Indonesian businessman
- Jordi Vilasuso, actor
- Kyle Vincent, musician
- Frank Wykoff, three-time Olympic gold medalist runner
- "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.
- 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.
- "About GCC: Administration". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
- "Enrollment Status Summary". California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
- "The official colors of Glendale College are cardinal and gold ..." "About GCC: Style Guide - Fonts & Colors". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
- "Glendale College Athletics". Glendale Community College. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
- "Glendale Community College inspired NBC show airing tonight" Los Angeles Daily News 17 September 2009
- "Dick Moje". database Football.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.