State of the College Address/Business Lecture Series

On April 29, the Auditorium at GCC was standing room only for the inaugural State of the College address by Superintendent/President Dr. Dawn Lindsay. Students, faculty, staff, Board and community members who attended heard an honest, upbeat message from Lindsay, who first gave a brief history of the college.

With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, the energetic Lindsay conveyed a wealth of information in record time. “I’m going to apologize at the beginning for talking so fast,” she said with a smile. “I’m a mid-Westerner, and we don’t waste any time, we pride ourselves on getting to the point.”

While highlighting the beauty, functionality and efficiency of the GCC campus, Lindsay emphasized that the college is “community” in every sense of the word. “There is something for everyone here,” she said. “We are diverse in background and diverse in ability, and we provide opportunities aimed at those diversities on many levels.”

Lindsay cited some lesser-known examples of those opportunities, including the Garfield in South Glendale, which focuses on continuing and ESL education and which is currently being significantly expanded; the Economic Workforce Development program, which provides training for fire departments and Glendale Water & Power, among others; and the Professional Development Center, which has trained more than 24,000 workers for more than 3600 California companies in technical and trade industries.

“Through these facilities, individuals and businesses become part of the GCC family while learning valuable skills and staying competitive in today’s volatile economy,” said Lindsay.

After her whirlwind tour of Glendale College, Lindsay turned the podium over to Ron Nakasone, Interim Vice President, Administrative Services at GCC. “My job is never easy, but lately it’s been more difficult because of the unprecedented challenges all educational institutions are facing here in California and elsewhere,” said Nakasone, whose report was optimistic in spite of the fact that a $375,000 deficit must be met immediately.

“We’re handling the deficit through pay cuts and staff furlough days rather than cutting student services or classes,” he said. Although there will be only one summer session this year, no other class reductions are planned. “The people of this college—employees, professors, administrators—are committed to doing an excellent job, and we’ll get through this,” he said. “Our priorities are our students and the community we are serving.”
Last updated: 5/24/2010 11:31:04 AM