Sep 20, 2021  
2021-2022 Student Handbook 
    
2021-2022 Student Handbook

NRCC’s Mission/Purpose and VCCS Mission Statement


New River Community College Mission/Purpose

New River Community College (NRCC), a member of the Virginia Community College System, subscribes to the tenets set forth in the system’s mission statement: “We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.”

In addition, NRCC is committed to the ideal that communities are strengthened when all members are offered opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, social class, economic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, personal identity or physical or mental capability. NRCC strives to support individuals in understanding and embracing their roles as citizens while enhancing their sense of self-esteem, personal security and autonomy.

In meeting the educational needs of the New River Valley, the college assumes a responsibility to provide educational opportunities through collaborative efforts with local industries, businesses, government institutions and non-profit organizations. NRCC also seeks to strengthen lives by promoting regional economic development and is dedicated to engaging in partnerships with higher education institutions, public schools and other entities.

In fulfilling its mission, NRCC offers a variety of certificate, diploma, associate degree and workforce development programs. The institution is committed to assisting students with decisions concerning their educational, career and personal goals and being a place that brings together people of disparate experience while fostering community and cultural enrichment.

Updated June 2021

NRCC Mission Statement Review Schedule

Date
Activity
2015 Review completed
 
2020 Review by faculty, staff and college constituencies (January)
Community input survey (February-March)
Review by College Board (June)
 
2025 Review by faculty, staff and college constituencies (January)
Reveiw by College Board (March)
 
2030 Review by faculty, staff and college constituencies (January)
Community input survey (February-March)
Review by College Board (June)
 
2035 Review by faculty, staff and college constituencies (January)
Review by College Board (March)
As needed Additional review within 12 months of any revision of the Virginia
Community College System mission statement

 

Virginia Community College System Mission Statement

Statement of Mission

We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.

Complete 2021: Six Year Strategic Plan for Virginia’s Community Colleges

Virginia’s community colleges serve an estimated 400,000 people across the state. The opportunities we provide include some of the most cutting-edge and highly-demanded training and education available.

But, simply accessing those opportunities is no longer enough. You have to earn a credential to make it count toward a career.

Over the next ten years, Virginia will need to fill 1.5 million jobs. The majority of these jobs will require a postsecondary credential - an associate’s degree and the certifications and licensures that are our bread-and-butter.

To accommodate the demand for these middle-skill-level jobs (more than a high school degree but less than a bachelor’s), Virginia’s Community Colleges are embarking on a new six-year strategic plan to triple the number of credentials that our students earn by the year 2021.

Tripling the number of credentials that our students earn is the single goal in this strategic plan. 

  • Connection

Increase VCCS fall admissions applications from 110,000 to 130,000 by 2017.

   
  • Entry

Increase the number of students who enroll after applying to 60 percent systemwide.

   
  • Progression

Increase overall Fall-to-Spring retention to 71 percent systemwide and increase overall Fall-to-Fall retention to 60 percent systemwide.

   
  • Completion

Increase overall associates degrees, certificates and career certificates by 6,000 over FY2015. Collect information on top business-demanded industry certifications and licenses offered at each college, and the number of students earning them. Increase the number of percent and students for which the college obtains evidence of industry certification or license completion.

   
  • Affordability and Sustainability

Secure resources for outcome-based funding formula for workforce credentials. Secure funding for philanthropic and other investments for the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. Identify and implement efficiencies in college and system office operations.