Glendale Community College is known to be a safe haven for our students, staff, and faculty. We strive to provide a safe learning environment for all students and visitors. One may think that the safety of our students is the sole responsibility of the police department.
Classified employees perform a wide variety of jobs at Glendale Community College. But while job classifications may call for us to interact with our students, feed them, maintain the campus, and help them learn, all our classified employees have one job in common: looking out for the well-being of our students.
Our staff understands the massive responsibility they have with students. They know who belongs on campus and are always on the lookout for hazards. They can identify when a student is acting oddly or may be having difficulties at home. We often receive training on keeping students safe from attackers and are required to report suspected abuse/harassment.
For some classified employees, like police personnel, maintaining safety and order on campus grounds is their primary responsibility. They work around the clock to make sure that our campus is safe for all our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
Maintenance workers such as gardeners, custodians, and skilled workers also play important roles in the safety of our students. They work to ensure safe learning environments by identifying and removing hazards. They also provide another set of watchful eyes and helping hands on campus to assist the Glendale College Police Department in identifying concerns.
Classified employees often see themselves as guardians of students and are watchful at all times inside and outside of schools. Providing students with a safe learning environment isn’t just a matter of keeping intruders out of schools, correcting behavioral issues, or being mindful of possible threats. It’s also about building relationships and being positive role models.
We can all agree that sometimes taking the time out of our day to greet our students and talking to them would increase safety because that’s a good way to find out if trouble is brewing. This also can help to diffuse volatile situations. You can always assist with observing and reporting suspicious activity. If you see something, say something.