Glendale Community College is offering a winter program in Baja at the college’s field station. GCC has been holding classes in the Baja California peninsula of Mexico since 1974.

Oceanography 115 — Introduction to Oceanography and Oceanography 116 — Field/Laboratory Investigations in Oceanography are both transferable courses to the UC and CSU systems. The classes will be held at the college’s new field station Jan. 24 to Feb. 7. The field station (Estación del Mar Cortés) is in the town of Bahía de los Angeles on the Gulf coast of the Baja California Peninsula. The area is sometimes referred to as the “Galapagos of Mexico” because of its natural beauty and biodiversity. The area is known as the Midriff Islands where students in the program do their field research and it is famous to scientists and educators and even fishermen.

The field station has classrooms, dorms, a living room, kitchen, showers and restrooms. Students help with daily cleaning and food preparation under the supervision of staff and a cook.

The college credit courses are open to anyone from high school students to seniors and have no prerequisites. Participants are required to enroll at the college and get a student ID number. Students will also meet on the GCC campus from Jan. 9 to 20 before beginning courses at the field station.

The cost is $850. It includes food, transportation and lodging at the field station. More information and the application form can be found at www.glendale.edu/baja.

Medical and Dental Office Courses Meet High Job Demand

Completion of GCC’s Medical and Dental Front Office/Billing and Coding Programs lead to jobs in hospitals, medical clinics and doctors’ and dentists’ offices. Courses are offered in the spring semester starting the week of Feb. 13.

Students can earn Associate in Science Degrees and/or Certificates of Achievement in Dental Front Office/Billing and Coding. The four-unit course MOA 187 meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:10 to 7:40 p.m. and prepares students for work in dental offices with instruction in professional qualifications, compliance with legal and ethical issues, courteous and effective handling of patients, preparation and care of dental records, insurance, financial records and general management of a dental facility. Students will also learn to complete billing and coding procedures for a dental office setting and get hands-on experience with ADA Dental Claim Forms.

Medical Billing and Coding, MOA 183, is a four-unit course also offered in the spring semester on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8 to 10:05 p.m. The class leads to a certificate, helping students find jobs in hospitals and doctors’ offices.

All of the courses are taught by Sara Ovsepyan, an instructor of computer applications and business office technologies. She can be reached at sovsepya@glendale.edu or GCCbilling24@yahoo.com. Students may qualify for financial aid. Go to www.glendale.edu/financialaid for information.

Holiday Closures

Classes for the current fall semester will end on Dec. 14 with the last day of final exams. The college will be closed for staff furlough days and the regular holiday break from Dec. 16 to Jan. 2. Priority spring semester registration begins Jan 9 for continuing students and for those who submitted an application for admission prior to Dec 9. Open registration begins Jan. 23. The spring semester classes begin the week of Feb. 13.

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