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Welcome from Dr. Leyba Ruiz

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First a college student then a teacher, and now the interim president of Glendale Community College, I have a passion for watching students develop and succeed. I am a proud, first-generation college student and thankful to my parents for instilling in me a commitment to a college education. I was raised and educated in South Phoenix, and struggled with all the typical distractions available, which could have derailed my education.

I know first-hand the trials and challenges our students face today. With that in mind, I believe the purpose of a community college is to offer a path to empowerment through education, a chance to reach for dreams and goals that you never thought within your grasp.

At GCC, we do this by providing an excellent learning environment in classes taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in their field. We offer support services, led by passionate professionals dedicated to ensuring a smooth start, and staff dedicated to helping reach your goal each semester – specifically to minimize or eliminate those “distractions” you may face.

Our goal, at GCC, is to focus on student completion – whatever your goals may be. I want you to be empowered to create your own definition of success. And we are here to help.

Glendale Community College has more than 50 years’ history of academic excellence and a reputation for student success. We offer traditional classrooms settings, online and hybrid classes in almost all disciplines. From English 101 to automotive technology, we cover the full spectrum of educational offerings.

We don’t stop there. GCC has strong community partnerships and collaborative, customized workforce development programs. We are deeply embedded in our community, and value the trust placed in us by the taxpayers. I believe everything we do is in our students’ best interests.

Your success matters. Period.

Please take advantage of GCC’s services. Need help understanding and navigating your exact path? Visit our Academic Advising Office or Counseling and Career Center for guidance. Or, get free tutoring services and a mentor to encourage you along the way. Whatever your needs or interests, we’re here to guide you on your journey.

I encourage you to get involved with college life, create a community for yourself to lean on, learn with and expand your experiences. GCC hosts a vibrant arts environment where you can participate or attend theater productions, art events, music concerts, and other cultural happenings throughout the year. Sign up for one of our 70+ student clubs and organizations. Make the most of your college career!

We have been helping students just like you for more than 50 years.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your success!  

Teresa Leyba Ruiz, Ed.D.
Interim President





Building: Administration (A)
Phone: (623) 845-3012


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