Amid news of deep budget cuts and faculty salary concessions, Glendale Community College Supt./President Dawn Lindsay delivered a largely upbeat State of the College address on Thursday, highlighting student success rates and community collaborations.
The speech drew a standing-room-only crowd — including prominent civic leaders, such as Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes, Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa and Glendale Unified school board President Joylene Wagner — to the college auditorium.
The State of the College address started in 2010 as part of a larger effort to keep the community up to date on campus news.
Citing data collected between the 2003-04 and 2008-09 academic years, Lindsay said 61% of students who entered the college achieved their educational goals. In addition, 81.7% of students who wanted to earn at least 30 credits did so, and 78% of vocational education students successfully completed their vocational training.
The college also delivers when it comes to basic skills and English as a second language classes, Lindsay said, with 60.5% and 71.5% success rates, respectively. All the Glendale Community College statistics exceed statewide averages, she said.