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Professional Development Center GCC





For twenty-seven years, the Professional Development Center of Glendale Community College has provided free state-funded training for over 33,000 employees from more than 4,300 California companies.  The PDC was founded by Glendale Community College in 1985 in cooperation with the State Chancellor’s Office and the California Employment Training Panel (ETP).


From their state-of-the-art training center in Montrose, the PDC maintains a curriculum of over sixty 10- to 20-week classes in six major categories of training: Computer Skills, Continuous Improvement, 
Engineering & Design,
Leadership & Operations Management,
Management & Team Skills, and Manufacturing Skills.  Unlike the majority of training centers that restrict companies to scheduled classes, the PDC can create custom training programs that address a multitude of training needs within a company.


In recent years, the PDC offered an aggressive response to the healthcare industry’s shortfall in new qualified healthcare workers by developing comprehensive training programs that target Healthcare’s incumbent workforce.  The PDC’s healthcare training programs focus on medical skills, continuous improvement skills, and computer skills, including electronic medical records application skills.  The PDC also provides on-site education programs for nursing staff at all hospitals.  The PDC’s local healthcare clients include Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and Verdugo Hills Hospital. 


“Competition is intense and it places more demand on staff,” said Kimberly Holland, the PDC ‘s Executive Director who has been with the PDC for 25 years.  “Professional training is needed now more than ever.”  Holland supervises all legislation, regulation, and qualification for ETP funding, and all contract education through the Professional Development Center of Glendale Community College.


“Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle stated that excellence is an art won by training,” said Holland.  “It is interesting that this concept is more relevant today than any other time in history.”


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