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Mission, Core Themes, Vision, and Values

Students and Community: At the Heart of All We Do

Our Mission

Teaching | Learning | Community

Our Core Themes

Guided by innovation, equity, inclusion, and a global perspective, we are committed to…

  • Academic Excellence
  • Student Success
  • Community Engagement

Our Vision

Transforming lives through exemplary, nationally recognized educational and career pathways

Our Values

The Board, employees, and students of our college value:

Collaboration and Communication

  • We promote respectful collaboration, communication, and interaction among students and employees.
  • We develop and maintain a safe, healthy, and professional environment that fosters creativity, innovation, learning, and personal growth.

Responsibility and Accountability

  • We manage our resources with efficiency and integrity to ensure the long-term health of the college.
  • We infuse sustainable and transparent practices throughout all aspects of the college's operations and programs.

Innovation and Creativity

  • We continuously seek opportunities to improve the quality of our lives, the college, our community, and the world.
  • We explore, create, and evaluate in order to improve.

Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion

  • We celebrate the individuality and diversity of our students and colleagues, as well as the diversity of our college, community, nation, and world.
  • We require equity and mutual respect.

General Education Learning Outcomes

We offer multiple opportunities to integrate knowledge and skills throughout our degrees and certificates. Specifically, we emphasize this integration through our General Education Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication SkillsCommunicate and interact effectively through various methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.
  • Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning SkillsReason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze and solve problems.
  • Cultural Diversity SkillsExplore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.

Additionally, students in professional-technical programs will have opportunities to gain:

  • Human Relations SkillsAct responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with success in educational, workplace, community, and group settings.

Students who earn any of our two-year degrees or certificates of 45 or more credits have opportunities to develop and apply these General Education Learning Outcomes, along with discipline-specific learning Program-level Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs). Find out more information about the college’s PLOs and CLOs.

Find out more about the outcomes assessment.

Comprehensive Planning

(including both operational and innovative [i.e, strategic] planning)

Our mission statement helps direct and inform the college's planning efforts and resource allocation processes. Our comprehensive plan is developed by both operational areas and the college's Idea Lab


We are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and governed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.

Find out more about the college's accreditation.