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Mission and Values

Mission of the College

Our college strives to make a positive difference in people's lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services.
  • We provide a caring, open-door teaching and learning environment.

  • We provide excellent teaching, counseling, and support services.

  • We reach out to people who have limited income or other barriers to success.

  • We enable people to progress in their academic and career pursuits.

  • We work in partnership with the communities we serve.

We fulfill our mission by offering the following programs and services:

Occupational and Career Education: We offer certificate and associate degree programs, seminars, workshops, and courses which enable people to pursue employment or advance in a career. We develop and deliver job skills and occupational education programs in partnership with business, industry, government and labor groups.

General and Transfer Education: We offer individual courses and associate degree programs in academic disciplines which transfer to four-year colleges and universities, complement career programs, and enhance personal growth.

Continuing Education and Community Services: We offer credit and non-credit courses and programs at regional centers, at local business and community sites, and via television and the Internet. We develop and offer programs which respond to the educational needs of specific groups in the community.

Developmental Education: We offer basic courses, which strengthen reading, writing, mathematical, computer and study skills. We also offer instruction and services to people who wish to learn English as a second language.

Student Services: We offer orientation, academic skills assessment, assistance with program and course selection, financial aid, university transfer assistance, personal and career counseling, job placement, tutoring, child care, special needs services, computer and self-paced instructional laboratories, and library services.

Community Leadership: We cooperate with other community organizations in seeking solutions to local economic and social problems. As a primary educational resource in the community, we work to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Values of the College

Teaching and Learning: We embrace teaching and learning as our central purpose.

Support: We make every effort to help learners achieve success.

Diversity: We respect differences in people and in ideas.

Partnerships: We plan and work together with respect, trust, and honesty within the college and with the communities we serve.

Innovation: We seek the best possible ways to conduct our work.

Vision Statement

WCC is a learner-centered, open-door college dedicated to student, community, and staff success. We offer a wide spectrum of community college services with an emphasis on premier technical and career education programs. The College staff continuously learns to improve learning.

Student Success: Our students come first. We are committed to their learning, success, and satisfaction. We strive to serve every student in an effective, caring, and supportive way. In order to enhance student learning outcomes, we engage in continuous improvement of teaching, programs, processes, and structures. We increase our accessibility by reaching learners where, when, and how they need instruction through the use of learning technologies, workplace learning experiences, and flexible scheduling of classes.

Community Success: We are committed to community learning, success, and satisfaction. WCC's primary contribution to community success is the development of a highly skilled workforce. A strong partnership with area employers emphasizes customized employee training and rapid adaptation of WCC programs to changing job training needs. Through strategic alliances with business, government, labor, and other educational institutions, WCC increases its emphasis on applied technology education, joint technical education programs with the public schools, and basic job-training services to under-served and at-risk groups.

Staff Success: We are committed to staff learning, success, and satisfaction. As a staff, we emphasize teamwork within college units and between the units. We support our colleagues and help them to be successful. We learn to improve learning; that is, we continuously increase our capacity to meet the educational requirements of the students, employers, and communities we serve. Through staff learning, we continuously improve services at each stage of the flow of students through WCC. All staff members align their work to contribute to improved teaching and increased student and community learning.


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