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Missouri’s Community Colleges’ Shared Mission

Unlike the state’s public universities, each of which has a unique state-designated mission, community colleges work together to advance a common mission.  That mission was formally articulated in 2010, when the Presidents/Chancellors Council adopted the following mission statement:


As comprehensive, open access institutions of higher learning, Missouri’s community colleges serve the diverse learning, workforce, and economic development needs of their communities.  This is accomplished through, but not limited to, the following:

  • Associate degrees with strong general education curricula that meet Missouri general education requirements preparing students for transfer and further study
  • Career and technical programs and technical/paraprofessional training for credit (via certificates and AAS degrees) that prepare students for entry into or advancement in the workforce and/or further study
  • Developmental course work and support services for learners who are underprepared for college-level work
  • Workforce training and certificates that upgrade skills or support retraining in both credit and non-credit formats
  • Dynamic customized training programs for business/industry in both credit and non-credit formats
  • A vast array of support services for students (e.g., academic advisement, assessment, articulation, career planning and job placement, counseling, library and learning resources, and financial aid) to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals
  • Globalized curricula, international exchange programs, and study abroad opportunities designed to develop competencies desired in a global economy
  • Distance learning opportunities
  • Programs, courses, and services for special student groups, such as students with disabilities, students with limited
  • English proficiency, and talented and gifted persons
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    Continuing education courses, including professional development, recreation, and personal development courses
  • Articulated course work, dual credit, and dual enrollment opportunities for students who are prepared for  college-level work
  • Ongoing assessment of students, programs, and services
  • Advisory boards for programs and services and a broad range of opportunities for community engagement
  • Assistance to small businesses through business development, incubation, and delivery of training for new and existing employees in small business settings
  • Off-campus and on-campus learning experiences that prepare students to achieve career and educational goals and to succeed in a global environment