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Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles


To provide innovative educational opportunities to enhance student lives and build stronger communities.


Kirtland will be the first choice for learner-centered education guiding students and communities toward success.


Excellence:  Expectation that all college activities are conducted with attention to quality and the highest levels of academic and professional standards.

Inclusiveness:  Conducting the activities of the college in a manner that inspires tolerance and welcomes diversity of people and thought.

Innovation:  Addressing challenges and issues from multiple perspectives to solve problems and advance college processes and knowledge.  Supporting progressive and meaningful research, creative activity and teaching.

Reflection:  Evaluating processes and assessing success through honest conversation and the use of data.

Character:  Steadfast adherence to the principles of integrity, honesty, reliability, transparency and accountability.

Respect:  Respect for the rights, differences and dignity of others and their contribution to the overall success of the college.


To accomplish the mission, Kirtland:

  1. Provides occupational programs that educate learners for the workforce of the future.
  2. Provides transfer courses and programs that encourage learners to continue education at other colleges and universities.
  3. Offers non-credit community and cultural education that enhance the lives of citizens.
  4. Offers education to the incumbent workforce thereby supporting community economic development.
  5. Provides supportive services that mentor learners to become successful while enrolled in courses.
  6. Provides student activities that encourage the development of community service and leadership skills.
  7. Facilitates collaborations with other colleges and schools that enhance the educational services in Kirtland’s service area leading to a better educated citizenry.
  8. Encourages innovation among employees and community members for the benefit of Kirtland and its communities.