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MCCS Guiding Principles

MCCS Mission

The basic mission of the Maine Community College System is to provide associate degree, diploma and certificate programs directed at the educational, occupational and technical needs of the State's citizens and the workforce needs of the State's employers. The primary goals of…the Maine Community College System are to create an educated, skilled and adaptable labor force which is responsive to the changing needs of the economy of the State and to promote local, regional and statewide economic development. (Public Law, Chapter 431)

MCCS Vision

Maine's Community Colleges are dedicated to educating today's students for tomorrow's career opportunities in an environment that supports personal and professional growth, innovation, and lifelong learning. The colleges are committed to enhancing the quality of life and economic prosperity of Maine through excellence in education.

Statement of Core Services and Attributes

  • Prepares a well-educated person, one who has the knowledge, skills and values to lead a thoughtful, creative and productive life; who seeks self-knowledge and understanding of others and the world; is a lifelong learner; is actively engaged in the community and civic life; and shows tolerance and respect for cultural, ethnic and intellectual diversity;
  • Awards associate degrees, certificates and diplomas;
  • Offers programs that prepare students for occupations with career progression and/or transfer opportunities for the baccalaureate level;
  • Offers liberal arts transfer programs, providing the core liberal arts foundation required for most baccalaureate programs and associate degree career programs;
  • Focuses primarily on regional needs, with a commitment to serving and supporting its local communities;
  • Offers business & industry training and services, providing customized training and upgrading, at a place and time convenient for employees and employers;
  • Is low cost, to assure broad access to college;
  • Is easily accessible to a diverse population, offering on-site and off-site day, evening and weekend courses with significant opportunity to pursue a degree part time;
  • Provides access to students who can benefit from its educational offerings through modified open admission policies. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and meet program of study prerequisite requirements;
  • Provides effective student support services such as academic assessment, counseling, remediation, and career placement;
  • Provides opportunities for lifelong learning to support professional and personal growth, through a diverse array of credit and noncredit courses, workshops and seminars;
  • Actively pursues a diverse learning community in which cultural, ethnic and intellectual diversity are respected and embraced;
  • Provides a learner-centered environment, in which teaching and learning are the primary focus of the institution;
  • Is a partner and facilitator in regional economic development, providing training to support the creation of high-wage, high-skill jobs in new and established industries;
  • Develops students with awareness of global issues;
  • Offers co-curricular opportunities, including clubs, student activities, sports and leadership opportunities;
  • Is committed to community building, serving as facilitator/community resource for bringing people and groups with a common interest together to address local issues;
  • Serves as a resource for the college and the public, offering cultural and special events; and
  • Partners with other local and state providers in workforce development.