Core Themes

COCC's core themes are: Institutional Sustainability, Transfer and Articulation, Workforce Development, Basic Skills and Lifelong Learning.

Institutional Sustainability

Students will have the opportunity to be successful because the College has planned and invested appropriately to ensure high quality programs, services and facilities that support student learning and educational achievement.


  1. Expand and refine data, research and assessment systems and infrastructure to support student success.
  2. Increase meaningful partnerships to improve COCC’s effectiveness and positive impact in the region.
  3. Develop a scalable approach to assessing student learning at the degree, program and course levels.
  4. Explore and strategically pursue funding options, both traditional and alternative, to ensure fiscal sustainability.
  5. Further develop and enhance employees and operational systems to ensure institutional quality and viability.
  6. Further develop and enhance facilities to ensure institutional quality and viability.
  7. Evaluate options for student housing and establish and implement a construction plan if Board endorses project.
  8. Support enrollment and success of underrepresented students.
  9. Expand access throughout the district with long-term strategies for educational services in underserved areas.
  10. Maintain student affordability while ensuring efficient and cost effective operations.

COCC Core Theme - Institutional Sustainability

Transfer and Articulation

Students will have the academic achievement and skills necessary to transfer and articulate successfully to institutions of higher learning beyond the community college level.


  1. Maximize support services, from entrance to transfer, to promote access and success for students intending to transfer.
  2. Maintain and strengthen student opportunities to make progress toward degree completion and/or transfer.
  3. Provide students a high-quality general education.

COCC Core Theme - Transfer and Articulation

Workforce Development

Students will be prepared for employment through the acquisition of knowledge and discipline-specific, employment skills necessary to meet current industry needs.


  1. Maximize support services, from entrance to completion, to promote successful completion of CTE programs.
  2. Deliver CTE curricula that meets current industry standards.
  3. Maintain and strengthen student opportunities in CTE programs for students to achieve program completion and employment in their area of study.
  4. Cultivate current and future industry partnerships and assist industry partners in regional economic development and job creation.

COCC Core Theme - Workforce Development

Basic Skills

Students will have academic achievements and basic learning skills necessary to participate effectively as engaged community and family members, and employees, and to succeed at the college level.


  1. Students who complete English Language Learner (ELL) courses will have the skills to succeed in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) courses.
  2. Students who complete ASE level courses will have the skills necessary to obtain the GED.
  3. Students who complete ASE level courses will have the skills to succeed in credit writing and math courses.
  4. Students who successfully complete developmental writing and/or math courses will succeed in higher-level credit writing and math courses appropriate to their certificate or degree programs.

COCC Core Theme - Basic Skills

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning provides accessible, noncredit learning opportunities to our community in the areas of Enrichment, Professional Development, Technology and Wellness.


  1. Broaden lifelong learning opportunities based on assessed campus, community, and industry needs. 
  2. Increase overall, lifelong learning participation.
  3. Increase accessibility, instructional delivery, and registration options in Continuing Education.
  4. Support lifelong learning for College employees by designing and advancing educational opportunities.


COCC Core Theme -  Lifelong Learning

*Core Theme graphics were designed and created by COCC students, Tiffany Davis and Michele Estes as part of a logo development project in Basic Design: 2-D (ART115/ELLIS).

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