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CNCC Strategic Plan

Mission & Vision


Our Mission

The mission of Colorado Northwestern Community College is to enhance people’s lives by providing an accessible, affordable, quality education.

Our Vision

Colorado Northwestern Community College will be the college of choice for students seeking a unique education grounded in the Colorado experience.

Value Statement & Core Values

Innovative teaching, outreach education, and continual assessment will ensure that our students have the skills to further their education, succeed at meaningful careers, and prosper in a complex and increasingly diverse world.

  • Achievement: Provide holistic and broadly-based student support to prepare our students to achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.
  • Life-long Learning: Offer educational programs that encourage continued education as well as respond to evolving workforce environments.
  • Equity and Inclusion: Promote a culture of equity and foster a safe positive environment of inclusion for all students, employees and stakeholders
  • Innovation: Utilize innovation to provide unique learning, leadership, and recreational experiences in the diverse natural environments of Northwest Colorado.
  • Community Involvement & Development: Create and nurture meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with the Northwest Colorado community and beyond.


2023-2028 Strategic Goals


Priority 1: Focus on the Student

Goal: Enhance the Colorado Northwestern student experience.

  • Strategy 1: Increase student retention by making CNCC a place students want to stay and are successful.
  • Strategy 2: Increase enrollment by developing and implementing a strategic enrollment management plan.
  • Strategy 3: Improve the student life experience by putting customer service first and building on traditions that foster pride in CNCC.

Lead: TBA

Priority 2: Communication

Goal: Increase targeted internal and external communication about CNCC’s vision, priorities, and progress.

  • Strategy 1: Strengthen and promote CNCC’s value proposition.
  • Strategy 2: Build an internal culture of accountability for sharing and receiving information.

Lead: TBA

Priority 3: Partnerships

Goal: Strategically approach partnerships with targeted, tangible outcomes.

  • Strategy 1: Build and support partnerships that facilitate learning, community advancement, financial solvency, and advancement of institutional priorities.

Lead: Keith Peterson, Vice President of Instruction

Priority 4: Sustainability

Goal: Expand institutional human and financial resources.

  • Strategy 1: Build unrestricted reserves to comply with stakeholder requirements and be better prepared for the future.
  • Strategy 2:   Grow grant and capital revenue to support the CNCC Mission and improve campus infrastructure.
  • Strategy 3: Improve efficiency and data-driven decision making.

Lead: James Caldwell, Vice President of Administration

Priority 5: Focus on the Team

Goal: Foster and maintain internal partnerships through increased employee engagement.

  • Strategy 1: Lead by example to mentor and engage all employees to strengthen a foundation based on shared governance and mutual respect.
  • Strategy 2: Invest and develop staff and faculty through professional development and “reward for work” implementation.

Lead: Angie Miller, Executive Director of Human Resources

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.