Guam – Guam Community College is reporting another increase in enrollment.
Spring Semester enrollment shows 2,463 students registered for post-secondary classes. That is a five percent increase over the spring 2011, and another record enrollment at the College.
Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president, says it is obvious that students are pleased with the improved learning environment and the quality of the education they are receiving at GCC.
“The opening of the Student Center in December 2011 as our third new building on campus, combined with new programs such as Pre-Architectural Drafting and Civil Engineering Technology, send the message that GCC is progressive with regard to the knowledge and training that our students need to compete for jobs in our increasingly technological workforce,” said Okada.
Okada says that after a 38 percent increase in enrollment from 2007 to 2011, the College is pleased that enrollment is holding steady at this high mark. “It is a good sign that people continue to realize the value of education and training as a means to improve their employment opportunities and their quality of life,” she said.
[Over 100 students attend the New Student Orientation at GCC on January 17 in the Multipurpose Auditorium. Enrollment at GCC continues to climb, reaching another record of 2,463 students for spring semester 2012]
Okada noted that the College is also encouraged by President Barack Obama’s recent call in his State of the Union address for Congress to give more community colleges the resources needed to teach people skills that local businesses are looking for in high-tech professions.
“It is something that we have been doing here at GCC, and we can always use the federal resources to improve our technological capabilities, especially in the STEM and sustainability areas,” Okada said.
GCC’s LEED Gold certified Learning Resource Center and the federally funded photovoltaic panels on its LRC and Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Allied Health Centers have combined to make the College the largest civilian producer of renewable energy on the island. Okada noted that the College is also working to offer photovoltaic installer training certification in the near future.