History & Mission

Mission Statement
WNCC assures learning opportunities for all - enriching lives, invigorating communities, creating futures.
Vision Statement
To positively impact the education and well-being of every student, employer, and community in the Nebraska Panhandle region.
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Student and Community Service
  • Honesty, Integrity, and Transparency
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement
  • Respect for All People and Perspectives

Western Nebraska Community College shall be a student centered, open access institution primarily devoted to quality instruction and public service, providing counseling and other student services intended to promote the success of a diverse student population, particularly those who have been traditionally under served in other educational settings.

Western Nebraska Community College, individually and collectively, shall provide the following instructional and service priorities:

Applied Technology Education

Including Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS), Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS), diplomas, certificates, professional skills awards, and coursework to qualify individuals for entry into employment or to enable individuals to remain current, to upgrade skills, or to acquire new skills;

Transfer Education

Including liberal arts and sciences associate degrees (AA and AS) comprising course work which is comparable to the course work of the first two years of a bachelors degree program and applied technology degrees comprising course work which may be applicable to the course work of the first two years of a bachelors degree program;

Developmental Education

Including remedial programs, developmental programs, Adult Basic Education, General Education Development (GED) preparation, English Literacy Programs (ELP), and refresher courses.;

Adult Continuing Education

Including career related programs and services for professional certification or improvement; Economic and Community Development including customized training programs developed for businesses and communities to meet needs such as occupational assessment, job training, and job upgrading and other programs and services that are within the scope of the Colleges expertise;

Public Service

Including vocational and personal development courses and activities not specifically identified in other priorities;

Applied Research

Limited to the enhancement of the instructional programs, student achievement, institutional effectiveness, and public service activities or related to faculty professional development.

Passed by ninety-third Legislature, State of Nebraska 1993, and (LB 239).