Grad Cap Decorating Contest

You know you’ve spent hours on Pinterest scoping out ideas for your graduation. Now put those skills to the test and decorate your graduation cap! Post it online using #GCCgrad for a chance to win a prize package of GCC gear and free food/drink coupons to local eateries.

We’ll be watching for your pics on Twitter and Instagram. One winner will be chosen on Monday, May 5. The prize package must be picked up on the main campus during regular hours May 7-9.

Here are the details:

Post your photo of your decorated cap on Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #GCCgrad. The photo must be of your original work. You can also leave us your photo, or link to photo, in a comment on this blog post.

All photos become property of Glendale Community College upon posting and could subsequently be used in other means of communication (including but not limited to marketing efforts and advertising via Web, print, video, audio or television) by GCC.

Photos must be school-appropriate. Photos deemed inappropriate will be disqualified from contest.

Contest ends 8 a.m., Wed., May 7.


Calling all Graphic Designers: Win a $20 gift card to Pullano’s

Calling all digital artists for a chance to win a $20 gift card to Pullano’s Pizza! We’re looking for an image to be displayed on all campus computers as the login screen. Get creative and have fun! Current students or alumni only please.

Here are the guidelines:

  • All artwork or photography must be original work.
  • Image size needs to be 2560 x 1440 pixels as JPG format, maximum quality.
  • You must use the GCC logo found at
  • Important visual aspects should not be located in the center or lower portion of the image; this is where the login box and legal text will go. To get an idea of your design area, hop onto any GCC computer and check out the login screen or see below.
  • All artwork submitted can and may be used by GCC for any purposes at any time with or without credit.
  • Final decision for winner of gift card will be made by select individuals from the Marketing and OIT departments.

Feel free to add your unique signature to the corner of your work. Logo usage, college colors and other design aspects can be found in our style guide:

Send your compressed files, name, major, and contact information to by midnight, June 30, 2013.


Screen Capture Examples:

The MAC OSX login screen

The Windows login screen

Notice the text box across the lower portion of the current GCC screen


30-Day Photo Challenge

Are You Ready? Pin It!

PinterestGauchos all over the valley are getting ready for their next semester at Glendale Community College. What better way to kick off the start of school than with an awesome contest… on Pinterest!

The winner of our GCC Ready Pinterest* contest will receive an awesome prize pack including GCC gear to get you started with pride and a $20 gift card to Pullano’s Pizza so you can grab a bite to eat with friends after your first week of classes. Runners-up will receive other free food and drink passes to local eateries.

Here’s what you do:

  • Follow us on Pinterest:
  • Create a board titled “I’m GCC Ready”
  • Fill your board with some awesome pins that show how you’re getting ready to come to campus. Anything school-appropriate goes – motivational quotes to get you through the semester; your first-day-of-class outfit; your textbooks; the car, bicycle or bus that will be getting you to campus each day; anything!
  • Be creative and have fun but don’t forget to add a quick description to your pins about how you’re getting ready and include the hashtag #GCCready.
  • Finally, give us a link to your board just in case we don’t find it by searching the hashtags. You can post the link in a comment here on our blog, post it to our Facebook wall, send us a tweet or email

The rules:

  • All pins on your GCC Ready board must be ORIGINAL! We know the work already on Pinterest is pretty awesome but for this contest you’ll have to dust off the camera (or cell phone) and take your own photos (or create them with software) and upload them to your board.
  • Only one board may be submitted per person. Fill your board with as many pins as you want.
  • All pins & boards become property of Glendale Community College upon entry. Submitting your board via a link or pinning your photo or board with #GCCready designates your entry into the contest. Entering in the contest waives your right to the photo and caption or quote for any future inspection and/or approval of future use by Glendale Community College or MCCCD. Photos entered could subsequently be used in other means of communication (including but not limited to marketing efforts and advertising via Web, print, video, audio or television) by Glendale Community College or MCCCD.

The decision process:

  • The winning board and runners-up will be chosen by the Social Media Coordinator at Glendale Community College. The decision is final.
  • While employees are allowed to submit a board, preference will be given to current and incoming GCC students.

The last day to enter the #GCCready contest is Tues., Aug. 21, 2012. Happy pinning!


*Don’t have a Pinterest account but still want to enter? Send your photos and captions to All of the above contest rules do apply and GCC will pin these photos ourselves on the official GCC Pinterest page.

Be a Hip Square on Foursquare: The official Glendale Community College foursquare guide

The Glendale Community College foursquare is here! Want to check-in at Glendale Community College and earn the most badges and points possible? Get ready for prizes, challenges and contests. Why? Just because we like ya!

Don’t know how to get started? Use this guide to check-in at GCC.

If you’re not using foursquare already, start by going to and creating an account. Once you’ve ventured into the world of foursquare, you can download an application onto an Android or Apple phone. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can an extension for Firefox that allows you to check-in via your internet browser called Foursquarefox. When you’re at home, out on the town, at the doctor’s office or even in bed you can check-in to your location and share a “shout” with friends. You’ll earn points, become a leading adventurer and get deals from companies and places such as GCC that participate in the foursquare environment. One of the most prestigious titles on foursquare is that of Mayor. To become Mayor of a venue on the site, you have to be the most frequent visitor. Lots of companies offer better deals only for their Mayor. By the way, foursquare is completely FREE! Continue reading