Glendale Community College: 75 Years of Educational Excellence


Mission Statement:

To celebrate 75 years of educational excellence and to preserve the institutional memory, history and campus culture unique to Glendale Community College.

1927 was a year of important “firsts.” Global communication became a reality when London and San Francisco were first linked by telephone, the trans-Atlantic travel taken for granted today was pioneered by Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight, and a fascinating phenomenon called television was first successfully demonstrated in New York. These extraordinary events marked the first major steps into the technological wonderland we live in today.

Here in Glendale, a major step into the future also was taken in 1927, when voters established Glendale Junior College. It was a humble beginning the following September in 1928 with only 139 students, taught by a faculty of nine in Glendale Union High School classrooms, but it was the start of something big. Today, more than 17,000 students take classes at the beautiful hillside campus of Glendale Community College. In addition, more than 12,000 students are enrolled through the Adult Community Training Center and the Professional Development Center. A faculty of 650 and support staff of nearly 1,000 provide instruction and contribute to a smooth operation at all levels. Today, the college is a local landmark, one which has expanded and diversified through the decades to keep pace with the population and needs of the Glendale community.

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