Values and Vision


Guiding Values: We believe that learning changes people’s lives.

Toward that end, we value:

Learning:  We value learning and place learners first.

Diversity:   We value diversity and embrace the diverse communities we serve.

Innovation:  We value innovation and serve as innovative learning partners with internal and external constituents.

Continuous Improvement:  We value continuous improvement in all our processes and policies.

Accountability:  We value accountability and exhibit responsible stewardship of the resources with which we are entrusted.

Celebration:  We value celebration and revere the creativity and accomplishments of learners.

People:  We value people and trust, respect, and care for those with whom we work and serve.

Vision:  From these values, Jefferson Community and Technical College will become an environment of hospitality and creativity where individual lives and human community can flourish through access to quality-driven, learner-centered education.

Our vision is realized when:

  • Individual Success:
    • Students with a variety of skill sets and from diverse backgrounds can become participatory members of the larger community by developing the skills and knowledge base necessary to become self-actualizing citizens. 
    • Students can gain entry to and advance in the workplace, resulting in pay commensurate with skills attained and personal goals. 
    • Students can transfer to further education consistent with skills attained and personal goals.
  • Access/Opportunity:
    • Barriers to accessing education and training are minimized and the College provides the resources necessary for a diverse learning community to achieve. 
    • Services, practices, and programs embody the ideals of an open and democratic society.
  • Workforce Development and Partnership Initiatives:
    • A vibrant and dynamic community of learners provides existing employers a competitive edge in business and industry and attracts additional employers to our service area. 
    • Stakeholders throughout our service area recognize and value the synergy created when sharing resources, ideas, and opportunities with the College through training and outreach.
  • Community Value and Connection:
    • The College is widely recognized as a vital component of the community, an energizing force to address common issues, and a source of pride. 
    • The College is a center of lifelong learning, personal growth, and values development resulting in an improved quality of life for the members of our community.