College Board of Trustees adopts new mission statement


"Laramie County Community College empowers our community of learners to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals by providing a collaborative teaching and learning environment."
–New LCCC mission statement


By Katie Blaser

After 13 years of requests, the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees has approved a new mission statement at a board meeting in May.

The LCCC Quality Council had been tasked with a job to create a new mission statement along with newly revised value and vision statements.

Action team formed to embark on new mission

At the beginning of 2011, a Mission/Vision/Values Action Team was formed to review and update these statements, according to an email sent by Dr. Marlene Tignor, vice president of instruction.

The old mission, vision and values statements were developed by the trustees and adopted in 1998-1999. The new mission statement was developed from the bottom up.

The Action Team consisted of Rosalind Schliske, journalism instructor, Jonathan Seyferth, academic adviser; Dana McCammon, administrative assistant; Phyllis Jones, dean of special projects, and Ed Mosher, a member of the Board of Trustees.

Each member of the Action Team represented a different department at LCCC. Schliske represented faculty; McCammon represented the Educational Services Staff Council; Seyferth represented professional staff; Jones represented administration, and Mosher represented the trustees.

In January and February, LCCC employees were able to give input on what they thought would be good revision for the statements.

Using the information from these sessions held and comments posted during January and February, the Action Team drafted revised statements. Two weeks later, the Action Team met again to incorporate feedback.

The mission statement changed drastically. The new mission statement incorporates more of a focus on students and seems to send a more powerful message than the earlier statement.

New Statement focuses on students

The new mission statement is as follows; "Laramie County Community College empowers our community of learners to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals by providing a collaborative teaching and learning environment."

The former values statement didn't seem actually to state LCCC's values. In the revised version of the statement, it does just that and expresses the importance of relationships within the institution and the community.

The vision statement was also changed. In the former statement, bullet points specified what LCCC had to offer. In the new vision statement, the same goal was achieved but is condensed without bullet points. It states that "LCCC engages minds, inspires individuals, transforms lives, and strengthens communities through the power of learning."