Foreword from the President
Welcome to the 40th Anniversary edition of the Guam Community College Catalog. We’ve come a long way since 1977. Our programs and most of our campus buildings have undergone a complete transformation, as we have infused them with sustainable technologies and the tools you will need to be successful in your academic endeavors here at GCC.
We are also undergoing an institutional transformation designed to help you reach 100% student success. What is 100% success? It is what you, the student, define as YOUR success - whether your goal is to graduate with an associate degree or certificate, successfully complete a course, or just acquire a new skill. The important component here is that it is YOUR goal, and that GCC is here to help you achieve it. One of our transformative changes to help you achieve that goal has been to offer our new Chalani 365 year-round registration. Now you can register for an entire academic year at one time. The beauty of Chalani 365 is that you no longer have to worry about registering every semester or getting into that needed course. Register once per year and be assured of getting into the courses you will need to advance to the next level or to graduate.
Another transformative change has been our CLYMER program, “Classroom Learning Yields Math & English Readiness.” CLYMER allows high school graduates that have earned good grades in higher-level math or English courses to enroll in college-level math and English courses without taking a placement exam. GCC also offers tutoring, instructor office hours, computer labs, research assistance in our Learning Resource Center, mentorship through our Project Aim program, and more. A source of pride here at GCC is that our graduates often tell us the one-on-one attention they receive from our faculty and staff really made a difference in their ability to be successful in their courses.
As you page through our 2017-2018 catalog, think about your goals and what it will take for you to achieve them. I urge you to meet with a GCC counselor, academic advisor, or a faculty member and discuss your individual path to success.
Above all, know that at GCC, we are here to help you along that path.
Mary A.Y. Okada, Ed.D.
Guam Community College
Academic Vice President’s Message
Welcome to GCC!
As the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Guam Community College, my role is to ensure that the courses offered in this 40th Anniversary GCC Academic Year 2017-2018 Catalog follow the strict guidelines required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC. While you may not be familiar with this acronym, at GCC, we are very familiar with it, because accreditation for the College has everything to do with you, the student. As an accredited institution, many of the courses you complete at GCC will transfer to other higher education institutions. Your path to success starts here, and will take you as far as your dreams can reach.
For the 2017-2018 Academic Year, in addition to our Chalani 365 year-round registration and our CLYMER math and English registration programs, we have also added the following improvements:
- A new Industry Certification in Light Duty Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology (containing four brand new courses);
- Industry Certification in Cosmetology, continuing in Fall 2017;
- Re-institution of our Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting; and
- Revision in credit requirements for a number of Certificate and degree programs that went through curriculum changes within the past academic year.
We’ve made these improvements due to industry demand and in order to align our programs with ACCJC standards. As you peruse the courses in this year’s catalog, be sure to also look at the SLOs, or Student Learning Outcomes, provided for each course. These SLOs guide the learning process to ensure that you will complete each course having acquired the knowledge and skills to be successful in that field of study.
As per our mission statement, at GCC, we, take pride in offering “the highest quality, student-centered education and job training for Micronesia.” We do this for one reason: you, our students. Your success is our mission, and as President Okada noted on the previous page, we are here to help you succeed.
Welcome to Guam Community College, and best wishes on your educational journey
R. Ray D. Somera, Ph. D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
P.O. Box 23069,GMF, Barrigada, Guam 96921 * 671-735-5700 * 671-734-1003