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New River Community College Mission/Purpose

   New River Community College, a member of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), subscribes to the tenets set forth in the VCCS mission statement. This statement is as follows:

   The mission of the Virginia Community College System is to provide comprehensive higher-education and workforce-training programs and services of superior quality that are financially and geographically accessible and that meet individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.

To achieve this mission, the principles that guide Virginia’s community colleges are:

  • to provide programs and courses of instruction, through the associate degree level, encompassing occupational-technical education, college transfer education, general education, developmental education, continuing education, and workforce development
  • to offer a comprehensive program of student-development services
  • to provide a broad range of instructional technologies, methods, materials, facilities, and instructional support services that accommodate students of varied backgrounds, interests, and abilities
  • to create an educational environment that facilitates learning through a curriculum that broadens perspectives, leads to responsible citizenship, and sets standards that support the highest level of performance
  • to serve as an important linkage between secondary education and four-year colleges and universities
  • to enrich local communities, by making available resources in people, facilities, libraries and programming
  • to take a leadership role in helping shape the future direction of their communities
  • to enhance economic, cultural, and educational partnerships between the colleges and the communities they serve
  • to ensure a healthy and safe environment on each campus
  • to be fiscally responsible and accountable

    In addition, New River Community College believes that all people should have a chance not only to develop and extend their skills and knowledge, but also to increase awareness of their roles and duties as citizens. The college serves the educational needs of the public including both occupational/technical and college transfer courses. New River Community College assumes a responsibility to meet workforce development requirements in the New River Valley through a combined effort with local industry, business, professions, and government, including economic development efforts. The college is also dedicated to organizing programs with senior institutions as well as with those of local public school systems.

     New River Community College offers certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs. The college is also committed to assisting students with decisions concerning their occupational, educational, and personal goals.