History of the College
Guam Community College is a public postsecondary educational institution, created by Public Law 14-77 in 1977 (as amended by P.L. 31-99 in 2011) to strengthen and consolidate career and technical education (CTE) on Guam. The College operates secondary and postsecondary CTE programs, adult and continuing education, community education, and short-term specialized training. These programs are delivered both on and off-campus, in satellite programs and on site at businesses as needed. The College also serves as the State Board of Control for career and technical education under the United States Vocational Education Act of 1946, 1963, and subsequent amendments, and the 2016 Carl D. Perkins Act. The College offers over 30 courses of study, and prepares students for entry into the workforce or transfer to four-year colleges and universities with advanced standing in professional and technical degree programs. The College offers a variety of community service and special programs to prepare students for college experiences, including adult education (English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, and Adult High School) and HiSET® and GED® high school equivalency exams.
Guam Community College will be the premier educational institution for providing globally recognized educational and workforce development programs.
Mission Statement - Board of Trustees Policy 100
Guam Community College is a leader in career and technical workforce development, providing the highest quality, student-centered education and job training for Micronesia.
Sinangan Misión (Chamorro translation):
Guiya i Kulehon Kumunidåt Guåhan, i mas takhilo’ mamanaguen fina’che’cho’ yan i teknikåt na kinahulo’ i manfáfac he’cho’ ya u na’ guáguaha nu i manakhilo’ yan manmaolek na tiningo’ ni i manmafananågui yan i fina’na’guen cho’cho’ gi iya Maikronesiha.
Board of Trustees Policy 100 (Amended & Adopted: January 10, 2014; Amended & Adopted: May 5, 2011 (with Chamorro translation); Re-examined & Adopted: February 9, 2011; New Adoption: March 11, 2009; Amended & Adopted September 5, 2008; Reexamined & Adopted: January 25, 2007; First Adopted: September 19, 1990)
We value an engaged, inclusive culture that embraces diverse points of view and collaboration to accomplish the College’s common goals.
We value a culture of institutional and individual responsibility, transparency, and continuous assessment and improvement.
We support and recognize service at all levels of the College. We strive to contribute to the benefit of the College, students, community, and our neighboring islands within Micronesia.
We hold high standards of character and integrity as the foundation upon which the College is created.
We foster intellectual flexibility, knowledge, and skills by integrating teaching, assessment, and learning to promote continuous improvement of our programs and services to support our scholarly community.
We are committed to education, inquiry and service in order to meet our students ever growing and changing needs. We promote lifelong learning, civic and social responsibility, leadership, and career growth.
Guam Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA. 94949, phone (415) 506-0234, fax (414) 506-0238. ACCJC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Documents describing the accreditation of the College may be examined at the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office. Please contact the Vice President for further information or to make arrangements to examine the accreditation documents. Likewise, please contact the commission at the same address listed above for any complaints or questions regarding processes, policies, or practices after internal complaint procedures have been followed.
The Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s (ACFEF) Accrediting Commission, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augistine, FL. 32095, phone (800) 624-9458, fax (904) 940-0741. ACFEF is recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Initial accreditation was granted on December 31, 2014. A reaffirmation of accreditation of the Culinary Arts program was granted on February 2, 2018 and will expire on December 31, 2022. Additionally, on October 2016, the College received notification that the World Association of Chefs’ Societies or Worldchefs awarded WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education to Guam Community College. Please contact the foundation at the same address listed above for any complaints or questions regarding processes, policies, or practices after internal complaint procedures have been followed.
Facilities and Faculty
The College is located in Mangilao, Guam on a campus over 22-acres in size. Standard classroom facilities are housed in permanent concrete buildings. Metal buildings are used primarily for shop facilities in career and technical education.
Shop spaces are provided for Auto Mechanics, Auto Body, Construction Trades, Welding, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration courses. Special laboratories are used for instruction in the Allied Health, Computer Science, Office Technology, Networking Systems Technology, Visual Communications, and the Hospitality/Tourism programs.
The GCC faculty are qualified by their education and experience to offer courses and programs that achieve the educational objectives of the College. Faculty credentials are found at the back of this student catalog. Please refer to the GCC Fact Book for more detailed information on the College’s instructional facilities and faculty profile. Contact the Office of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness, and Research (AIER) for a copy. AIER is located at the 2nd floor of the Student Services and Administration Building, Suites 2226 and 2227, with telephone numbers (671) 735-5520 and 735-5612.
GCC also serves secondary schools by offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) high schools. Presently, there are six (6) GDOE high schools located throughout the island where various CTE classes are taught by GCC faculty.
Catalog Contents Disclaimer
Guam Community College has made reasonable efforts to provide information that is accurate at the time of this catalog’s publication. However, the College reserves the right to make appropriate changes in procedures, policies, calendars, requirements, programs, courses and fees. When feasible, changes will be announced prior to their effective date.
Guam Community College adheres to the provisions of the U.S. copyright law (Title 17, United States Code, Section 101, et sep.). Additional copyright information is available at the College Learning Resource Center.
Guam Community College complies with all federal and territorial rules and regulations and prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities. Further information may be obtained in the GCC Student Handbook available online at www.guamcc.edu, or the Dean’s Office, School of Technology & Student Services in the Student Services & Administration Building, 2nd Floor, Suite 2229.
Student Code of Conduct
The Guam Community College has broad responsibilities for the education of the student and the College’s standards of behavior can be considered part of the educational process. Guam Community College expects that each student will obey federal and territorial laws as well as College regulations. Any act that interferes with the rights of others, disrupts or impairs the normal function of the College, damages or destroys property, or impairs health or safety is grounds for disciplinary action. Students who interfere with the personal liberty of others on campus are liable to expulsion and to such other penalties as may be imposed by law. Students are provided due process in disciplinary adjudication. Student conduct at all times should reveal mature judgment and a sense of moral, civic and academic responsibility. For a detailed explanation of GCC’s Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Student Code of Conduct, see the GCC Student Handbook or go online at www.guamcc.edu, click on Student Services and Student Handbook. Each GCC student is responsible for reading and understanding the GCC Student Handbook.
Academic integrity is fundamental to learning and is consistent with the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) espoused at Guam Community College. The concept of academic integrity lies at the very heart of any college, and learning and scholarship cannot thrive without this fundamental value. Therefore, academic dishonesty cannot be tolerated. Students who commit such acts expose themselves to sanctions as severe as expulsion from the College.
Academic dishonesty can take different forms, including, but not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, and technology misuse and abuse. In any situation in which students are unsure of what constitutes academic dishonesty, it is the students’ responsibility to raise the question with their instructor. It is also the students’ responsibility to be familiar with the student guidelines on academic integrity.
Some common violations of these basic standards of academic integrity include, but are not limited to:
Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, material, or study aids in examinations or other academic work, or preventing or attempting to prevent another from using authorized assistance, material, or study aids.
Plagiarism: Passing off someone else’s work as his or her own. This can range from failing to cite an author for ideas in a student’s paper to cutting and pasting paragraphs from different websites to handing in a paper downloaded from the internet.
All are considered plagiarism. Students who plagiarize are likely to be caught, and the consequences will be severe and will include anyone who enabled the plagiarism to take place. College policy will kick in, regardless of the feelings of either the students or the instructor. Students found guilty of plagiarism will have this entered into their record and may be expelled from the College.
Fabrication: Submitting contrived or altered information in any academic exercise. Examples: making up data for an experiment; “fudging” data; citing nonexistent or irrelevant articles; presenting fraudulent excuses, lies, letters of recommendations.
Multiple submissions: Submitting, without prior permission, any work submitted to fulfill another academic requirement. Example: submitting the same paper for two different classes without the expressed consent of both professors.
Misrepresentation or falsification of academic records: Misrepresenting or tampering with or attempting to tamper with any portion of a student’s transcripts or academic record, either before or after enrolling at Guam Community College.
Facilitating academic dishonesty: Knowingly helping or attempting to help another violate any provision of this code. Example: working together on a take-home exam or other individual assignments, discussing an exam with a student who has yet to take it, giving tests or papers to another student, etc.
Unfair advantage: Attempting to gain unauthorized advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise. Examples: gaining or providing unauthorized access to examination materials (either past or present); obstructing or interfering with another student’s efforts in an academic exercise; lying about a need for an extension for an exam or paper; continuing to write even when time is up during an exam; destroying, hiding, removing, or keeping library materials, etc.
Policy on Substance Abuse
Guam Community College endeavors to lead students and employees to higher ideals of character and public service. The College commits itself to the goals of developing the mind, clarity of thought, and to the development of the human spirit. Abuse of alcohol and other drugs is recognized as an impediment to these goals and as a threat to the College’s mission of education and training.
Workplace Violence Prevention Policy 171
Guam Community College is committed to providing a safe environment for students and employees. GCC can best perform its missions of teaching, training and public service when faculty, students, staff and visitors share a climate that supports a safe learning environment that is free from disruptive, threatening and violent behavior. Special Workplace Violence Policies and Procedures can be accessed in the GCC Student Handbook, at the office of the Associate Dean repsonsible for Student Services or at the Human Resources Office located in the Student Services & Administration Building, 1st Floor.
Tobacco and Betel Nut (Pugu’a) Free Policy 175
As a way to promote the health and welfare of the College campus community, the Board of Trustees established Board of Trustees Policy No. 175 that requires the Guam Community College premises to be Tobacco and Betel Nut (Pugu’a) Free effective June 1, 2007. The policy was further amended on May 30, 2013 to include electronic cigarettes. To comply with the Board of Trustees Policy No 175 and Administrative Directive No. 2006-05, all employees and students are expected to adhere to the following:
- Do not use tobacco products while on Guam Community College property.
- Do not use electronic cigarette (e-cigs) devices while on Guam Community College property.
- Do not chew or spit pugu’a while on Guam Community College premises.
- Assist with the enforcement of Board of Trustees Policy No. 175.
Violation of the Board of Trustees Policy and Administrative Directive will be addressed in accordance with the disciplinary actions outlined in the Personnel Rules & Regulations, the GCC Student Handbook, and the Board-Faculty Union Agreement, 2010-2016.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy 185
As required by the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, the College has a Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses and the procedures for reporting such offenses among all College constituents. More details regarding the Board of Trustees’ Policy 185 are available in the GCC Student Handbook, which is posted on the College’s website, www.guamcc.edu.