Gogebic Community College

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Gogebic Community College
Type Public two-year
Established 1932
President James Lorenson
Academic staff
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 (GCC) is a community college in Ironwood, Michigan. 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. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the school had 1097 students, of which 18% were from outside Michigan and 6% were from minority groups. Estimated costs for the freshman year are $15,328 for Michigan residents and $16,486 for non-Michigan residents. The college operates on a semester schedule.[3]

Ironwood, Michigan Campus (main campus)[edit]

The main campus is located in Ironwood, MI and has three principle classroom buildings: the Rutger Erickson Academic Building, the Carl Kleimola Technical Center, and the Jacob Solin Center for Business Education. It is also 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 David G. Lindquist Student Center includes the gymnasium and home court of the Samson and Lady Samson basketball teams and Lady Samson Volleyball team, a six-lane competitive swimming pool, indoor cushioned walking track, aerobics area, weight rooms, student lounge and game area, Student Organization offices, snack bar/concessions, and Courtside Dining.

Houghton, Michigan Campus[edit]

Gogebic Community College provides courses throughout the day and evening at the Copper Country Center located in the Copper Country Mall in Houghton, Michigan.

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, Creative Arts and Performance Club and Intercollegiate Athletics.[4]

The student newspaper for Gogebic Community College, The Chieftain, is published by the students several times throughout the year.[5]

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 in running, women's volleyball, and men and women's basketball.[6] Intramural sports include football, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, and bowling.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "GCC Systems Portfolio" (PDF). GCC 2009 Systems Portfolio. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  2. ^ "2010 Enrollment Report" (PDF). 2010 GCC Enrollment Report. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Gogebic Community College Michigan Postsecondary Handbook Profile Page" (PDF). State of Michigan Department of the Treasury. 2014. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  5. ^ "About the Chieftain". Chieftain. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2018-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Athletics". GCC Athletics. 
  7. ^ Ryman, Richard (2009-10-18). "Jay Johnson dies at 66; was congressman, Green Bay TV anchor". The Post Crescent. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Official USCG Bio (Steven E. Day)". Official USCG Bio (Steven E. Day). 
  9. ^ 'Richard A. Sofio-obituary,' Ironwood Daily Globe, March 4, 2009, pg. 8

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