Glendale Community College (California)
Not to be confused with Glendale University College of Law
Glendale University College of Law
Glendale University College of Law is a private, non-profit law school in Glendale, California.Founded in 1967 as Glendale College of Law, the institution renamed itself Glendale University College of Law in 1975. The University confers an undergraduate degree, that is a Bachelor of Science in Law...

 or Glendale University
Glendale University
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Glendale Community College (aka GCC) is a community college
Community college
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 in Glendale
Glendale, California
Glendale is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the city population is 191,719, down from 194,973 at the 2000 census. making it the third largest city in Los Angeles County and the 22nd largest city in the state of California...

, California
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United States
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. It was founded to serve the needs of the people in the Glendale Union High School District which at the time included La Crescenta
La Crescenta-Montrose, California
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, Glendale
Glendale, California
Glendale is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the city population is 191,719, down from 194,973 at the 2000 census. making it the third largest city in Los Angeles County and the 22nd largest city in the state of California...

, and Tujunga. The school was officially founded as Glendale Junior College and from 1927 to 1929 conducted classes 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 (10.1 ha) were acquired for the present site of the college. The campus now consists of 100 acres (40.5 ha) and 15 permanent buildings. It is located on the slopes of the San Rafael Hills overlooking the valleys in the Glendale area.

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.

Glendale Community College in popular culture

Glendale Community College inspired the NBC show Community
Community (TV series)
Community is an American television comedy series created by Dan Harmon that airs on NBC. The series is about a group of students at a community college in the fictional locale of Greendale, Colorado. The series heavily uses meta-humor and pop culture references, often parodying film and television...

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."

Notable staff

The list of GCC employees includes Dr. Sid Kolpas, who teaches mathematics
Mathematics is the study of quantity, space, structure, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns and formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proofs, which are arguments sufficient to convince other mathematicians of their validity...

. Kolpas is part of the Glendale College Scholars Program, the Master Scholars Program (formerly the Alliance for Minority Participation Program), and operates as the Senate Representative of GCC. He was granted the "Distinguished Faculty Award" in 2004, and gave a speech about "The Number 2". He was also awarded a "Peer-Led Team Learning Grant
Grant (money)
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" from the National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
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 for his guidance of the student led "Supplemental Instruction". Dr. Kolpas will be quoted and referenced (along with fellow teacher Steve Marsden), in a statistics book published by Princeton University Press
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 for their infinite multiple integration theory. Kolpas also had his 42nd article published in an April issue of Mathematics Teacher. Dr. John Davitt served as president of Glendale College beginning in the 1980s until the 2000s. He served for 21 years and has been widely recognized in the city of Glendale as well as the entire state of California for all the work he did to promote not only Glendale College, but also community colleges statewide. He retired as the longest serving President of junior colleges in the state of California.

Notable alumni

Listed in alphabetical order
  • Mark Caguioa
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    , athlete
  • Glenn Corbett
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    , actor
  • Angie Dickinson
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    , actress
  • Cathy Ferguson
    Cathy Ferguson
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    , two-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Beverly Garland
    Beverly Garland
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    , actress
  • Dan Harmon
    Dan Harmon
    Dan Harmon is a writer and performer. He is the creator and an executive producer for the NBC television comedy series Community, and, along with Rob Schrab, a founder of the alternative television network/website Channel 101....

    , television producer, creator of "Community"
  • Donald D. Lorenzen
    Donald D. Lorenzen
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     (1920–80), Los Angeles City Council member, 1969–77
  • Masiela Lusha
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    , actress
  • Eva Mendes
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    , actress
  • Ricky Ortiz, professional wrestler
  • Danielle Panabaker
    Danielle Panabaker
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    , actress
  • Kay Panabaker
    Kay Panabaker
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    , actress
  • Andy Reid
    Andy Reid
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    , NFL Coach
  • Freddy Sanchez
    Freddy Sanchez
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    , athlete
  • Seann William Scott
    Seann William Scott
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    , actor
  • Ryan Seacrest
    Ryan Seacrest
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    , TV and Radio Show Host
  • Lon Simmons
    Lon Simmons
    Lon Simmons born on July 19, 1923, in Elko, Nevada, is an American baseball and football broadcaster, and is currently broadcasting part-time for the San Francisco Giants.-Career:...

    , broadcaster
  • Juno Stover
    Juno Stover-Irwin
    Juno Stover-Irwin was a four-time Olympic diver for the United States. Primarily a 10-meter platform performer, Irwin was a native of Los Angeles, California; she attended Hoover High School and Glendale Community College.-Biography:As Juno Stover, she placed fifth at the 1948 Olympics in London...

    , two-time Olympic diving medalist; two-time USA-AAU
    Amateur Athletic Union
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     champion; two-time Pan-American Games medalist
  • Vic Tayback
    Vic Tayback
    Victor "Vic" Tayback was an American actor.-Life and career:Tayback was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, the son of Helen and Najeeb James Tayback. His parents were immigrants from Aleppo, Syria. Tayback moved with his family to Burbank, California, during his teenage years and attended...

    , actor
  • Jordi Vilasuso
    Jordi Vilasuso
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    , actor
  • Frank Wykoff
    Frank Wykoff
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    , three-time Olympic gold medalist

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