The following Values Statement has been shared and vetted through the Institutional Planning Committee and recommended to College Council. The Values Statement was included on the August 2011 College Council agenda and presented to the faculty, students, staff and administrative shared governance representatives as a “first read.” The College Council representatives then shared it throughout the college community for review and feedback. The Values Statement was unanimously approved by College Council on September 6, 2011. The following Values Statement was sun-shined on the October 13th Board Agenda and was approved at the November 13th Board Meeting.
We value our students and employees. We believe that the act of teaching and learning is vital to a thriving community that enriches, and at times, saves lives. It is for this reason that we value:
Excellence – We challenge students with high standards for learning and critical thinking, which we model with action.
Collaboration – We believe that the best results can be achieved through effective communication between employees, students, industry and the communities we serve.
Relationship – We nurture a caring community built on positive interactions and a genuine concern for the welfare of others.
Innovation – We cultivate a creative environment that promotes the development of new ideas for continuous quality improvement.
Relevance – We pursue educational experiences that have meaningful applications in a local and global context, today and tomorrow.
Access – We promote a network of support that improves learning opportunities, removes barriers to a quality education and ensures the rights of all students.
Leadership – We empower people throughout the college community to support and facilitate positive change.
Diversity – We respect and embrace the power of sharing our differences in thought, opinion, culture and background to optimize our collective strength.
Integrity – We believe in being true to our core values by acting honestly and consistently in ways that demonstrate our character and moral commitment to “doing the right thing”.
We commit to create and respond to opportunities that inspire these values in ourselves.