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    Guam Community College
  Feb 25, 2018
Guam Community College 2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Programs

Instructional Programs

Apprenticeship , Degree , Certificate , Industry Certifications and Diploma  program requirements are separately listed in the Catalog.

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

The College offers courses outside its regular schedule of courses for students interested in personal enrichment, skill training, computer software applications, or to meet other academic needs. The College also hosts various conferences and workshops to enable participants to upgrade their skills and knowledge in a variety of areas.

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning courses are primarily skill-oriented and are designed to meet the specific training needs of those seeking to upgrade skills in their workplaces, as well as those seeking to develop work skills for entry or reentry into the work force. The courses vary in length, depending on the breadth and depth of the skill to be taught.

The Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, located on the first floor of the Student Services & Administration Building, welcomes requests or suggestions for course or event offerings. A catalog of courses may also be requested from the office. For more information, call (671) 735-5640.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is used by Guam Community College to facilitate the accumulation and exchange of standardized information about participation of individuals in noncredit continuing education. Please note the following four points:

  • CEU credit is for career enrichment/advancement. At no time will CEU credit by itself be equivalent to regular credit. CEUs may be integrated into regular credit courses, provided that the CEU is clearly defined and there is assurance that the CEU does not replace regular credit requirements approved by GCC.
  • CEU contact hours can be structured within a regular credit course. CEUs are awarded on a pass/fail basis. Letter grades are not to be used, as the goal of the CEU experience is learning enrichment/advancement and not mastery of scholarly material.
  • CEU programs will be governed by the same standards that GCC imposes on regular programs. GCC will have direct quality and fiscal control over all CEU activity within the institution.
  • CEUs cannot be used for degree credit requirements. CEUs and regular credit cannot be earned at the same time for the same learning experience.

Further background information about these units is contained in the following statements:

  • One CEU is defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instructors.
  • Program objectives, content, format, methods of instruction, methods of evaluation and program schedules will be established prior to the determination of the number of contact hours and appropriate CEUs. CEUs do not convert to degree credit. CEUs may be integrated into regular credit course work but must be approved on a course-by-course basis by GCC’s Learning Outcomes Committee.
  • Permanent records for individual participants in CEU programs will be kept.
  • Course fees will be negotiated between the requesting agency, organization or individuals and GCC.
  • Review, evaluation and approval of CEUs for an educational experience is the responsibility of the Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development. Contact at (671) 735-5574

Certificate of Enrichment or Completion

Individual programs of study are developed based on specific requests made by individuals, organizations, or companies for their immediate and/or long term needs. Customized programs may be developed by the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development(CE/WD) to fulfill the needs of these customers. A certificate of enrichment/completion may be awarded by CE/WD to individuals who complete the programs and meet these specialized programs. Certification of enrichment/completion is an acknowledgement that the student has completed a combination of courses and related activities organized by the College for the sole purpose of attaining the educational objectives requested by the customer.

English-as-a-Second Language

This is recommended for those adults who are learning English as a non-primary language. Coursework integrates listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English. Courses are offered through the Office of Continuing Education as CEUs only.  To register for ESL, please call the Adult Education Office (671) 735-6016 or visit the office staff in the Foundation Building, 2nd floor.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOS)

The end of fall 2009 marked the formal adoption of GCC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes, also known as ILOs. The ILOs were developed as a task of the General Education Committee with input from all faculty, the Faculty Senate, the College Governing Council (CGC), and the Board. These ILOs represent what knowledge, skills/abilities, and values students should develop and acquire as a result of their overall experiences with any aspect of the College.

Whereas the previous 28 General Education Outcomes were primarily linked to degree programs, the ILOs will link to all divisions, departments, units, and programs at the College regardless of whether they are directly (academic) or indirectly (non-academic) involved with students. Every employee and office at the College exists to support students and help them excel; this includes the administration, student support services, faculty, maintenance, procurement, etc.

The five ILOs represent broad outcomes in various areas depicted as the College’s core values. Due to their universal and broad coverage, it is not expected that a single course, or program for that matter, address all identified outcomes. Rather, it is through the culminating integrated experience students have in their academic and campus life which will enable them to acquire these ILOs. The emphasis on ILOs and outcomes-based assessment has helped transform the College into a more learner-centered institution. Guam Community College remains committed to strengthen its focus on learning outcomes ultimately leading to quality education and a productive workforce.

In keeping with its mission that Guam Community College be a leader in career and technical workforce development by providing the highest quality education and job training in Micronesia, the College community has established the following Institutional Learning Outcomes2:

Guam Community College students will acquire the highest quality education and job training that promotes workforce development and empowers them to serve as dynamic leaders within the local and international community. Students will demonstrate:

Use of acquired skills in effective communication, and quantitative analysis with proper application of technology

Ability to access, assimilate and use information ethically and legally

Mastery of critical thinking and problem-solving techniques

Collaborative skills that develop professionalism, integrity, respect, and fairness

Civic responsibility that fosters respect and understanding of ethical, social, cultural, and environmental issues locally and globally

2 Recommended by the Faculty Senate, approved by the President, and adopted by the Board of Trustees (December 2, 2009)

General Education

Recognizing the necessity for students to succeed in the complex and rapidly changing workplace, Guam Community College offers a general education curriculum that introduces students to major areas of knowledge and methods of inquiry. All degree programs require an interdisciplinary general education component that promotes the development of intellectual skills that enable students to become effective learners and informed citizens. Critical thinking, the use of language and computation, appropriate social skills, global awareness and respect for diverse opinions are among the learning outcomes provided in the general education requirements of each program.

Guam Community College believes that general education provides the academic foundation necessary for students to achieve their life goals. General education is intended to offer students a breadth of quality student learning experiences, encourage their respect for cultural heritage, promote their ethical and responsible social behavior and facilitate their life-long learning.

The General Education program strives to foster student learning and skill development in civic engagement, critical thinking, understanding of the relationship between the individual and society, information literacy, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and written communication.

Guam Community College believes that high quality general education opportunities for all citizens are necessary for democratic principles and practices to exist and for a sound economy to flourish. The College continually scrutinizes the general education curriculum in order to assure that all degrees and certificates granted by the College support this vision of general education and that it serves as a means to inspire hope, opportunity and responsibility in all its constituencies.

Beginning fall 2010, requirements for General Education will follow the options described below. Students declared prior to fall 2010 will follow the requirements indicated in the applicable catalog in which they first declared their major program at the college.

Notes on new General Education requirements:

  1. Students are advised to check the requirements for their specific programs before taking General Education courses.
  2. Courses chosen to meet the general education requirements may not be used to meet the technical requirements of a student’s specific degree program.
  3. The list below contains courses with pre-requisites, so students should make their choices carefully and thoughtfully. Students may consult a counselor or an academic advisor for guidance in choosing any of the course options below.

General Education Requirements

1. English Composition:

(3 credits from the following list)

5. Computer Literacy:

(3 credits from the following list)

Total General Education Requirements: 19-20 Credits

Other major programs may have more General Education credit requirements so students must always consult their specific major program’s requirements prior to declaring a major.

*Courses articulate to the University of Guam

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs require different levels of course work to meet General Education requirements.

  1. Civil Engineering students must take  ,  ,  , and   MA 161B as their general education requirements.
  2. Computer Networking students must take SI 141  as their science requirement.
  3. Criminal Justice students must also take PS 140  as part of their General Education requirements.
  4. Culinary Arts students must take HS 145  to fulfill their math requirement.
  5. Education majors must take   and   as part of their General Education requirements.  Bachelor Foundation majors must also take   to fulfill their Social & Behavior Sciences requirement.
  6. Forensic Lab Tech majors must take   to fulfill their science requirement. All Criminal Justice and Forensic Lab Tech students must also take   to fulfill their Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement.
  7. Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences students must take  ,   &   or   &  ,   or  ,   as part of their General Education requirements.  For the Humanities and Fine Arts requirement, one of the modern language choices must be taken ( ,   or  ).
  8. Marketing majors must take CS 152  to fulfill their computer requirement.
  9. Medical Assisting students must take SI 130  to fulfill their science requirement.
  10. Pre-Architectural Drafting students must take EN 194 , MA 161B , and SI 141  as part of their General Education requirements.
  11. Surveying Technology students must take MA 161A  and SI 141  as part of their General Education requirements.
  12. Visual Communication majors must take   as part of their General Education requirements.


Post Secondary Policy

All Undeclared or newly Declared Students in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses are required to take a placement exam by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes.

All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or have completed their EN 100R - Fundamentals of English/Reading , EN 100W - Fundamentals of English/Writing  (or higher) general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes, and must enroll in or have completed their MA 108 - Introduction to College Algebra  (or higher) general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 15 credits. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting their general education requirements.  

Withdrawal from Math and English General Education Required Courses

Students, who have not met their Math and English General Education requirement(s) as stipulated in Section 2 above, may be allowed to drop or withdraw from Math and English courses only if they wish to withdraw completely for the semester. However, students will not be permitted to drop or withdraw from these courses under any other circumstance.

GCC Industry Testing Services

Guam Community College also serves as a testing center for licensure recognized by the following:

  • Electronic Technician’s Association International
  • Microsoft
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • A+ Service Technician
  • Association of Chartered Financial Analysts
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Cisco Systems and General Education Development

GCC provides professional examination services for the following:

  • Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (Institute for Personal Finance)
  • National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD)
  • Society for Human Resources Management (PHR-Professional Human Resource and SPHR-Senior Professional Human Resource)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA/AIMR) examination sponsored by the Association of Investment Management & Research (AIMR)

GCC is also recognized as a Prometrics and Performance Assessment Network (PAN) Testing Center. For more information regarding testing services, contact the Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 735-5574 or 735-5640.

Adult High School/GED

Adult High School Diploma Program Guidelines

The Adult High School (AHS) Diploma Program offers adults, ages 16 and older the opportunity to earn credits toward their diploma while receiving education and training, to prepare them for the workplace. Students will be required to apply for admission to the College as a Diploma Student once they are determined to be eligible to participate in the AHS Diploma Program. Eligible students must also request for official transcripts from all high schools they attended. All official transcripts must be provided to Admissions and Registration. In order to obtain an official evaluation of transfer credits, along with all official transcripts, students must also complete the Evaluation Request Form and submit it to Admissions and Registration. Earned credits will be evaluated and, if accepted, may be applied toward the requirements of the AHS Diploma Program. Students who have attended/completed military schools should provide copies of their Form DD214. Individuals’ participation and enrollment into the AHS Diploma Program will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be no cost for eligible students to participate in the AHS Diploma Program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

Upon successful completion of the Adult High School Diploma program, students will be able to:

  1. Acquire skills needed to meet their educational, career, and personal goals.
  2. Read to function in the workplace and at postsecondary level.
  3. Write to function in the workplace and at postsecondary level.
  4. Compute to function in the workplace and at postsecondary level.
  5. Transition into postsecondary level.


Any adult, 16 and older, who has not graduated from high school and who is no longer eligible to enroll in the Guam Department of Education to obtain a high school diploma or who has not completed the General Education Testing Program (GED) is eligible for admission into the AHS Diploma Program. Prospective students must first take a CASAS Appraisal to determine their current abilities in the areas of reading, mathematics, and language. A minor needs to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A legal guardian must present an appropriate legal document. A prospective student with disabilities will be referred to GCC’s Accommodative Services for further assessment of his/her academic needs. The Adult Education Office located in the Foundation Building, 2nd Floor, administers the CASAS Appraisal.

On a case by case basis, prospective students scoring below 236 on the CASAS reading and math scale may participate in Adult Basic Education (ABE) refresher courses (e.g. Basic Skills, Pre-GED, and GED prep) program. The time students spent in the ABE program will be evaluated for 3 credits into the AHS Diploma Program. Students who score at or above 236 in reading and in math may go directly into the AHS Diploma Program.

The student’s advisor or a counselor must approve student enrollment into courses for the semester. Enrollment will be based on an individual’s CASAS scores for both reading and mathematics as described in the above paragraph. Prospective students will be limited to register in no more than 9 credit hours of Adult High School courses (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Student Success Workshop) and no more than 12 credit hours of a combination of Adult High School courses and postsecondary technical/elective courses unless approved by the Adult Education Office.

Eligible students beginning the AHS Diploma Program must adhere to the following guidelines in order to maintain eligibility to continue the AHS Diploma Program:

Students must attend all registered courses. Students receiving more than seven (7) absences in any registered course will receive a failure grade (F) or unsatisfactory completion (NC), whichever is applicable, for the course. If a student receives more than two (2) failure grades (F) and/or unsatisfactory completion (NC) resulting from absences, the student will no longer be eligible to continue with the AHS Diploma Program and will be referred by their advisor/counselor to the Adult Education Office for other program options.

Students who receive a failure grade (F) or unsatisfactory completion (NC) will be allowed to retake the course only once. Students may retake no more than two (2) courses while enrolled in the AHS Diploma Program. After retaking two (2) courses and it is determined that the student will be unable to complete the requirements of the AHS Diploma Program, the student will be referred by his/her advisor/counselor to the Adult Education Office for other program options.

After the official add/drop dates posted in the Schedule of Classes, any student who withdraws (W), who has been technically withdrawn (TW), and/or who abandons any course he/she has registered in resulting in a failure grade (F) or a technical failure grade (TF) will not be eligible to continue to participate in the AHS Diploma Program. Admissions and Registration will automatically disapprove the student’s application for admission as a Diploma Student and the student will be referred by the advisor/counselor to the Adult Education Office for other program options.

Students will be loaned the required books for their registered courses with an obligation of returning all books to the Adult Education Office at the end of the semester. Outstanding obligations will result in a hold on grades, transcripts, or other processes.

Adult High School Diploma Requirements

The requirements for the Adult High School Diploma are as follows:

Successful completion, either at the College or through transfer credit accepted, the following subject area requirements:

  English 12  
  Mathematics 6  
  Social Studies 9  
  Science 6  
  Computer Skills 3  
  CTE Electives 9  

Nine (9) credits of career and technical education (CTE) electives should be from the same career area as part of the student’s approved plan of study.

  Total Credits 45  

Admission to the College as a Diploma Student prior to or during the semester in which requirements for the Adult High School Diploma are completed.

Successful completion of at least four courses offered for credit by the College, which meet requirements of Adult High School Diploma program.

Development of Individual Learning Plan with a counselor or academic advisor.

High school credits completed elsewhere will be converted to credit hours to meet the requirements of the Adult High School Diploma using the following equivalency: One Carnegie Unit (1) = Three Credit Hours (3) on 050-099 level. Up to nine (9) credits of specific GED preparation courses may be transferred to the Adult High School Diploma with guidance from a counselor or advisor.

Recommended Courses

A student completing the requirements for an Adult High School Diploma must plan his or her program of study with the assistance of a counselor or an advisor. Faculty from enrollment services determine assigned advisors. This procedure is initiated once a student is identified as an adult high school student. The following courses are usually offered to provide students with the opportunity to meet the specific subject area credit requirements for the Adult High School Diploma:

  EN 066 - Reading Workshop  * 3
  EN 067 - Writing Workshop  * 3
  EN 081 - Literature Survey  3
  EN 091 - Fundamentals of Communication  * 3
  MA 052 - General Mathematics  3
  MA 065 - Adult Mathematics  * 3
  SI 051 - Earth Science  3
  SS 063 - American Government  * 3
  SS 078 - World Geography  3
  SS 081 - US History I  3
  OA 101 - Keyboarding Applications  3
  CS 151 - Windows Applications  3
  CS 152 - Macintosh Applications  3
  SO 099 - Student Success Workshop  * 3

* Required Course

Students must select career and technical education (CTE) courses to fulfill the Adult High School CTE elective requirement. These courses may also be used to meet certain Certificate and Degree requirements as well.

General Educational Development Testing Program (GED)

Title of Credential

High School Equivalency Diploma

Eligibility for Testing

Minimum Age: 16 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school. Individuals 16 and 17 years of age must provide the GED Test Examiner with a withdrawal form from the last high school attended.

Placement Testing: All applicants must meet the score requirements on the CASAS Appraisal to be eligible for the GED Test. Students who score at or above 236 in reading and in math may take the actual GED Battery Test.

Fees: There is no charge for the CASAS Appraisal. The GED Test is $37.00 payable at the time of application. There is also cost for retests.

How to Apply

To apply for the GED Test, the applicant must present a driver’s license or a photo identification and birth certificate or passport to the GED Test Examiner.

Testing Schedule

Placement Test: The CASAS Appraisal is administered every Thursday at the Guam Community College campus from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

GED Test: The GED Test is a two-day test administered once a month from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., as scheduled. It must be completed within a sixty-day period. Otherwise, the candidate must retake all components of the test and pay the full fee.

Retesting: The waiting period for retesting is two months if evidence of recent preparation is furnished, but six months if no additional preparation is claimed. Highest scores achieved by the candidate will be reported and may not necessarily be the most recent scores. If retest scores are lower than scores previously achieved, the retest scores are not reported. Test scores more than five years old are subject to review. A new test series was implemented in January 2002. The old test scores taken prior to January 2002 will no longer be honored. Candidates who do not pass the GED Test cannot be tested more than three times a year.

To Receive a Diploma

Individuals may apply for a diploma at the Guam Community College, official GED Testing Centers, or the GED Testing Service, Washington, DC after satisfactory GED test scores have been received from the GED Testing Office.

Minimum Test Scores: The minimum standard test score is 410 on each of the five tests and an average of 450 on all five tests.

Minimum Age: To receive a GED Diploma, the student must be 16 years of age and has not completed high school.

Residency: Must be a resident of Guam. Non-residents who meet the minimum test score requirements may qualify under the following circumstances:

  • The applicant is currently serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty assignment on Guam;
  • The applicant’s last civilian school attended was on Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia; or
  • The applicant needs the diploma for admission to college, university or training program.
  For more information, contact:
GED Testing Program Administrator
Guam Community College
P.O. Box 23069
Barrigada, Guam 96921

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The ABE programs are instructional programs designed to help adult learners master the skills and content necessary to enhance their employability skills by improving their ability to speak, read, or write the English language and increase their ability to function effectively in society.

Adult Basic Education courses have been moved from the regular College Catalog to the Continuing Education Catalog. Courses are scheduled and maintained by the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more information regarding these courses, please call (671) 735-5646.