Mission Statement

Glendale Community College is a public community college granting certificates and associate degrees. The college serves people from a variety of geographical areas but primarily serves a diverse population of the Greater Los Angeles region that is capable of benefiting from instruction in credit, noncredit, and community education programs.

Glendale Community College exists to ensure students identify their educational goals and needs and successfully accomplish student learning in the following broad educational areas:

Basic skills education to achieve basic foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, English as a Second Language, and learning and study skills which are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work.

Lower division post-secondary education to achieve transfer to and success in obtaining a degree at a college or university.

Career and technical education to achieve employment or enhanced career skills for job advancement.

General education to achieve knowledge, skills and attitudes for postsecondary education success, personal enrichment, self-development, and a purposeful and meaningful life as a member of a global community. 

 

Approved by the Board of Trustees on October 17, 2017

 

OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS

Pursuant to its stated mission, Glendale Community College has one objective: education.

Six primary functions support this objective.

  1. Associate in Arts/Associate in Science: Education toward the granting of AA/AS degree(s) is provided in accordance with approved graduation requirements. General education and major coursework form the core of the required curriculum, the balance being electives.
  2. Education for meeting the lower division requirements of a university or a four-year college: The college offers many courses which are equivalent to those available in the freshman and sophomore years at the University of California, The California State University and other colleges and universities in the United States. A student with a satisfactory high school and community college record will receive full credit for all college and university level work done at Glendale Community College provided that the work meets the specific requirements of the college or university to which the student transfers.
  3. Education beyond the high school level for vocational competence and/or occupational certification: Training programs are offered for many occupations in business and industry. Certificates are awarded upon completion of the requirements for the occupation-centered curriculums. Courses offered in these programs serve three groups of students: those training for entry-level positions; those preparing for advancement on the job; and those seeking to improve skills to meet new job requirements. Thus, students are offered a balance of technical and general education.
  4. Pre-Collegiate Basic Skills: Educational programs prepare students for collegiate level work. Courses are designed to provide the student with basic skills instruction with emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, writing and computation.
  5. Education beyond the secondary level for personal improvement: Recognizing the needs of postsecondary students for education which may lead neither to education in a higher institution nor to vocational preparation, Glendale Community College offers a diversity of courses which satisfy intellectual curiosity and provide knowledge about and appreciation of our universe.
  6. Noncredit/Adult Education level: A comprehensive program includes basic education, courses leading to the high school diploma, citizenship, English as a second language, career and vocational classes, and courses that satisfy the many special interest needs of the community.