Five Programs at GCC You Should Know About

Programs create a diverse learning environment

GCC has been known to create a well-rounded environment for students. Whether it’s for studying, tutoring, transfer counseling, or academic counseling, GCC has a place for everyone. However, there are a handful of resources that many students are unaware of. From campus diversity to various learning resources, any student at GCC can get the assistance they need with the help of the resources listed below.

  1. The Music Lab.   Led by supervisor Catharine Card, the Music Lab is a space for students interested in playing or learning an instrument. When asked about the different resources the music lab provides, Card stated, “The Glendale College Music Lab is a great resource for students at GCC. Located on the second floor of the Auditorium, AU213, the Music Lab has 20 MAC computers, nine practice rooms, seven new Steinway Boston upright pianos, one new Steinway grand piano, one organ, over 800 CDs and DVDs to access, and a recording studio setup! We are small but we are mighty!!” Card also emphasized that the Music Lab can be used to study, as there are headphones at every workstation. The music lab is available to all GCC-registered students.   
  2. La Comunidad, Guardian Scholars, and Black Scholars.   Created for diversity, each of these programs helps students achieve their academic goals, along with receiving financial aid for school. Guardian Scholars focuses on former and current foster youth students, Black scholars was created for GCC’s African American community, and La Comunidad is for GCC’s Latinx community. Each program provides diversity to the community and helps students of different backgrounds with transfer counseling.
  3. The Language Lab.   Instructed by Dr. Rob Liddiard, the Language Lab is a resource available for students that assists with English, foreign language classes, and speech. Students can either work individually or receive live tutoring through Zoom. If a live session is unavailable, students can fill out a contact form to receive help as soon as possible. The Language Lab also offers help through computer programs and video materials.
  4. DREAM Resource Center.   The DREAM Resource Center (DRC) provides an inclusive and diverse space for students at GCC. Anthony Garcia, one of the program’s leaders, stated in a summary, “This program empowers undocumented students to achieve their academic goals, as well as provides academic counseling, assistance completing the California DREAM Act and AB540 application, and free legal immigration clinics.” Garcia continued, “This Spring semester we started supporting our students with monthly gas cards and bookstore vouchers. In the summer we will launch an undocumented peer mentoring program called UPLIFT designed to support incoming freshmen navigate high education.”
  5. Rising Scholars.   The Rising Scholars program assists students who have been previously incarcerated further their education. David Crawford, who assists in the program, elaborates on the goals for the Rising Scholars. “Students in the program will partake in activities that: create and further develop community amongst students and staff, offer workshops and presentations to help gain valuable skills, explore career related counseling assistance, offer individualized assistance to ensure student success and completion, receive referrals and in-person mental health and various social services, and much more!” said Crawford.


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Carly Pellot can be reached at [email protected].