Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to advance the interests of Pennsylvania’s community colleges. The Commission advocates the vision and values of the Commonwealth’s community colleges with one, unified voice by:

  • Leading proactively in matters of higher education policy throughout the Commonwealth;
  • Advocating proactively for the needs and positions of the colleges;
  • Communicating quality achievements and data with policymakers, the media and other key audiences;
  • Promoting effective transfer and articulation agreements with other higher education sectors;
  • Partnering and leading statewide workforce enhancement efforts;
  • Creating and sustaining relationships with internal and external audiences and partners;
  • Advancing student success, access and affordability;
  • Enhancing opportunities for community college students; and
  • Facilitating the exchange of information among the colleges and their various staff organizations.

Vision for Pennsylvania’s Community Colleges

The vision of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges is to increase the workforce readiness skills and educational attainment level of Pennsylvanians to create a productive workforce and vibrant economy.

Pennsylvania’s community colleges embrace the comprehensive mission of what it means to be a community college: to provide high-quality, affordable and accessible higher education and workforce training. The colleges assert their values as:

  • Access and opportunity for all – academically, financially, geographically;
  • Respect for our students and their immense potential;
  • Student-centered institutions;
  • High outcome expectations for our individual institutions and the collective of our community colleges;
  • Responsiveness to our individual community needs as well as statewide priorities;
  • Flexibility and innovation in responding to the educational needs of all; and
  • Respect for the diversity within and among our community colleges.

Strategic Plan