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    Guam Community College
  Feb 25, 2018
Guam Community College 2017-2018 Catalog

Instructional Programs

Instructional Programs

Degree  , Certificate  , Apprenticeship Programs , 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 (4) points:

  • CEU credit is for career enrichment/advancement. 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, provided that the ten contact hours to one CEU equivalency is maintained. 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.
  • 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, in connection with the Vice President for Acacedmic Affairs. Contact (671) 735-5574 for additional questions.

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.

The ILOs link 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 (5) 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 is a leader in career and technical workforce development, providing the highest quality student centered education and job training for 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  

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.

High School Equivalency

Adult High School Diploma Program Guidelines

The Adult High School Diploma Program (AHSDP) offer adults, ages 16 and older the opportunity to earn credits toward their diploma while receiving education and training, in preparation for the workplace and/or postsecondary education. 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 AHSDP. Eligible students must also request for official transcripts from the last high school they attended. 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 the Admissions and Registration Office. Earned credits will be evaluated and, if accepted, may be applied toward the requirements of the AHSDP. The core courses (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technical Studies) will be covered through the Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds. Students taking CTE (electives) and other courses will be referred to Department of Labor, American Job Center for financial assistance for tuition, books, and lab fees.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

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

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, language, and mathematical skills necessary for the workplace and postsecondary education.
  2. Read and analyze complex information text independently in a variety of content areas.
  3. Read and analyze appropriate concepts and procedures in content areas.
  4. Apply the knowledge and skills acquired through experience and education to become more productive in the workplace.


An eligible individual who is 16 years or older and is no longer eligible to enroll in the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) or who has not received a high school equivalency diploma is eligible for admission into the AHS Diploma Program. Eligible individuals must first take the CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System - Life and Work Appraisal or CASAS Life Skill) appraisal to determine their current abilities in the areas of reading, mathematics, and language.

Individuals scoring below 236 in the reading and math portion of CASAS will begin by taking courses to refresh basic skills (Adult Basic Education (ABE) until scores of 236 and above are met. Individuals who score above 236 in reading and 236 in math may go directly into the AHS Diploma Program or schedule to take the high school equivalency diploma (GED® and HiSET®). Additionally, students who score below a 236 will be receive the following assistance while attending basic skills courses:

  • Tutoring Services from the Reach for College Program
  • Access to Workkeys

The individual’s advisor/counselor must approve his/her enrollment into courses for the semester. Students will be limited to register in no more than 12 credit hours of adult high school courses (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Student Success Workshop) and postsecondary career and technical (CTE)/elective courses.

AHS students shall adhere to the following guidelines in order to maintain eligibility to continue the AHS Diploma Program:

  1. Students must attend all registered courses. Students receiving more than five (5) 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 grade s (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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 of courses in the following areas (either at GCC or through accepted transfer credit):

  English Language Arts & Literacy 9  
  Mathematics 9  
  Social Science 6  
  Science 6  
  Student Success Workshop 3  
  Computer Skills 3  
  CTE Electives 9  
  Total Credits 45  

Nine credits of Career and Technical Education (CTE) electives should be from the same career area as part of the student’s approved educational plan.

Development of an Individual Educational Plan with counselor or advisor is required.

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 (1)  Carnegie unit = three (3) credit hours on 050-099 level.

Recommended Courses

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

  EN 068 - Language Arts Literacy   3
  EN 081 - Literature Survey   3
  EN 091 - Fundamentals of Communication   3
  AEMA 050 - Algebra I   3
  AEMA 060 - Geometry  + 3
  AEMA 070 - Algebra II  + 3
  SI 051 - Earth Science   3
  SS 063 - American Government  * 3
  SS 081 - US History I  OR 3
  OA 101 - Keyboarding and Document Processing   3
  SO 099 - Student Success Workshop   3
  CTE Courses 9

Career and Technical Education (CTE) credits earned at GCC through the AHSDP may articulate to GCC’s postsecondary programs, pending the completion of a signed Memorandum of Understanding.

High School Equivalency Diploma

Eligibility for Testing

Minimum Age: 16 years of age and not currently enrolled or required to be enrolled in high school. Individuals 16 and 17 years of age must provide a withdrawal form from the last high school attended.

Assessment:  All applicants must take the free 2-hour CASAS Assessment which is administered every Tuesday and Thursday. An individual must score at least 236 on the CASAS Assessment in order to take the GED® or HiSET® Test.

Fees: There is no charge to take the CASAS Appraisal. GED® has four computer-based content areas (Reasoning through Language Arts, Reasoning through Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies); the cost to take each content area is $31.25 or $125 for all four content areas. Retake cost is $25.00 per content area. Payment must be made online at

HiSET® has five computer-based or paper/pencil content areas (Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies). The cost to take all five content areas is $85 (includes two free retakes per subject up to one year from initial date of purchase). Cost to take a content area is $20 (with no free retakes) plus $10 administrative fee (if applicable).

How to Apply

To apply for the CASAS Appraisal, the applicant must present a valid driver’s license, passport, military ID or other form of government-issued identification that shows his/her name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph to a staff at the Adult Education Office.

Testing Schedule

Assessment Test: The CASAS Appraisal is administered every Tuesday and Thursday at the Guam Community College campus, Adult Education Office (AEO) from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Call the AEO at 735-6016 and 735-6008 to schedule for CASAS.

Test and Retesting:  While the GED® Test has to be scheduled online at, you may schedule for HiSET® by calling 735-5625 or 735-5517 or online at  Tests are administered at the Guam Community College Technology Center.

To Receive a Diploma

Individuals may apply for a diploma at the Guam Community College, Planning and Development Office.

Minimum Test Scores: The minimum test score is 150 on each content area and a total of 600 on all four areas.

Minimum Age: To receive a high school equivalency diploma, the applicant must be 16 years of age and has not completed high school.

Residency:  In order to take the GED® or HiSET®, Test, a person must be a resident of Guam. You are considered a resident of Guam if your permanent home is on Guam and your most recent income tax forms were filed on Guam, or if you are a dependent of someone whose most recent income tax forms were filed on Guam. Active duty military personnel and their dependents are considered residents, as are citizens of the Freely Associated States of Micronesia. Please be prepared to submit a stamped copy of your income tax form as proof of residency.


For more information, contact:
High School Equivalency Office
Guam Community College
P.O. Box 23069
Barrigada, Guam 9692

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. These courses can help adult learners prepare to enroll in the Adult High School Diploma Program or prepare for an administration of the GED®.

For more information regarding Adult Basic Education, please call 735-6016 or email at