Glendale has long recognized that a strong educational base is the best foundation for a healthy community. The city has a solid K-12 educational foundation in place, and it has earned Glendale the reputation as a center for education in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Glendale students' academic test results consistently rank higher than the state and national averages.
Glendale is served by nine public school districts with more than 73 primary and secondary schools. Glendale schools are committed to empowering students for choices and challenges in the 21st century. This goal is accomplished by attracting excellent teachers and paying them well, offering special programs for students with special needs, utilizing electronic age teaching methods and regarding the student as an individual with specific needs.
Several institutions of higher education are located in, or near, Glendale. The city's own "college connection" includes five institutions of higher learning.
Waldorf College is the newest institute of higher learning in Glendale. This private, Lutheran liberal arts college opened in January, 1998. The college has operated in Forest City, Iowa since 1903. The Glendale campus offers bachelor degree programs in Management and Finance & Banking, with future plans for additional degree programs. Glendale is home to the nation's number one international business school - Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. Thunderbird is the nation's largest and oldest international management school devoted to international business education. The global nature of Thunderbird's students and alumni is among the school's most distinctive characteristics. Its students come from across the U.S. and around the world; its graduates are employed by more than 9,000 companies in every state and 130 countries. Thunderbird also has campuses in Tokyo, Japan and Archamps, France.
Midwestern University, a Chicago-based medical school, opened its Arizona campus in Glendale in 1996. The school is an upper-division undergraduate and graduate degree-granting institution specializing in the health sciences with three colleges: the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Health Services; and the College of Pharmacy Glendale. Masters degree programs include Public Health and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Glendale Community College (GCC) is a key institution in meeting the diverse educational needs of western Maricopa County. The college is the second-largest member of the Maricopa Community College District and the second-largest community college system in the nation. Its High Tech Complex sets a new industry standard, offering training in the latest computer and multimedia applications where students set their own pace and schedule. GCC's corporate partnership program benefits employers and students alike through apprenticeships with companies such as Intel, Motorola, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and area fire and police departments.
Located on 300 acres at the Glendale/Phoenix border, Arizona State University West is an upper-division campus offering junior-, senior- and graduate-level classes for commuting students, leading to more than 30 bachelors and masters degrees. And, through the ASU West College Center, students may also start, continue or complete their freshmen and sophomore general studies courses. Students have the advantage of a personal student-centered environment, yet also benefit from being a part of Arizona State University, a prestigious, nationally renowned PAC-10 research university.
Glendale is served by three hospitals in the immediate area - two in Glendale and one on the southern border in Phoenix. Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix serves the residents in south Glendale, while Thunderbird Samaritan and Arrowhead hospitals serve the city's north and central population. The medical community serving Glendale includes more than 4,000 health care professionals.
Thunderbird Samaritan Medical Center has 304 beds and offers a full range of services including complete maternity care, outpatient services and 24-hour emergency care. Arrowhead Community Hospital, with 104 beds, also offers a full range of services and 24-hour emergency service. The facility includes a cardiac cath lab, women's health center, heart center, plastic surgery center and a cancer program.
The world-renowned Mayo Clinic located the Mayo Arrowhead Primary Care Center in Glendale in 1997. The medical center is staffed by eight physicians and up to 26 support personnel.
Other medical facilities available specialize in the treatment of persons with behavioral and rehabilitative disorders. Several assisted-living and senior care facilities in the Glendale area assure high-quality, skilled, daily, short-term and long-term care.
Residents and businesses in Glendale are effectively served by a council-manager form of government. The mayor and six council members, elected from each of the city districts, bring to life the citys vision by formulating policies, approving budgets and levying taxes. A city manager carries out council policies and supervises the day-to-day city operations. The manager also recommends the direction of policies, manages city services and enforces city ordinances and regulations.
Glendales government focuses on providing quality services, sound financial management, safe neighborhoods, a strong civic infrastructure and a variety of recreational resources and opportunities. The city also promotes economic development and strives to meet the employment needs of its citizens. The success of Glendale can be attributed to the dynamic partnership the council has with businesses, civic organizations, citizens and city staff. Community involvement is vital in maintaining an effective municipal government and shaping our citys dynamic future. Our city even offers an innovative, free civic education program - called Glendale University - which provides a foundation for informed citizens, enabling them to positively contribute to our communitys future.
Public safety is a priority and the professional police and fire departments are on the forefront to ensure Glendales residents are safe and secure. The 280 full-time sworn police officers have implemented several award-winning programs to better serve and protect the Glendale community. One such program is the Community Action Teams which consist of officers and crime prevention specialists who proactively resolve neighborhood issues. In addition, a comprehensive Speed Reduction Campaign has rallied the community around the slogan, "Its Our Town, Please Slow Down," resulting in a decrease in speed-related accidents.
Over 150 highly-trained and well-equipped firefighters with the Glendale Fire Department sustain a superior fire insurance classification. The city recently dedicated its seventh fire station to meet the public safety needs of an expanding city population. This $2.1 million station also houses the citys Emergency Operations Center to provide responsive disaster control capabilities to better protect the city.
Additionally, Glendales Utilities Department is dedicated to efficiently and effectively providing citizens with an ample supply of quality drinking water. Recent and current expansion projects incorporating innovative technologies at two of our water production facilities will double Glendales current water production capacity. And to ensure a never-ending water supply in our desert environment, Glendale has made a commitment to reclaimed water with the expansion of a current reclamation facility and the construction of a second one.
With one of the finest public works departments in Arizona, Glendale provides twice- weekly garbage pickup, recycling services, landfill operations and regular street repairs to maintain the aesthetic integrity of our city.
Because of sound, conservative fiscal policies, Glendale saves our taxpayers dollars by having one the highest bond ratings in the country. The excellent condition of the local economy and the citys financial performance, current debt, capital improvement programs and operating have resulted in this superior rating.
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