Vision, Values and Mission
Waubonsee Community College opens the door of knowledge, sparks imaginations, and enlightens lives through learning. We welcome the diverse abilities, goals, and experiences of individuals standing on the threshold of discovery. Our success is defined by the dreams we help shape, the opportunities we help design, and the futures we help create.
- Accessibility — We remove barriers to learning formed by time, geography, education, culture, experience or beliefs to provide a full range of quality educational opportunities for all who can benefit.
- Service — We view the world from the perspective of those we serve — anticipating needs and striving to exceed expectations while demonstrating a caring, knowledgeable, consistent connection with each individual every time they meet us.
- Value — We focus every resource directly on the search for learning, creating tangible benefits in everything we do.
- Quality — We constantly redefine what it means to be “the best,” seeking to improve in every area and exceed the expectations of those we serve.
- Innovation — We are actively engaged on the frontiers of education, continuously improving the learning environment for our students and communities.
Waubonsee Community College is a public, comprehensive community college which was organized in 1966, as mandated by the Illinois Community College Act, to provide education and training services for individuals in portions of Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will counties of District 516. The philosophy of Waubonsee Community College is based on the premise that education is the cornerstone of a literate, democratic society; that learning is a lifelong process; and that the pursuit of knowledge must be supported by institutional policies that demonstrate the values of accessibility, service, value, quality and innovation.
- Provide quality educational programs and services which are academically, geographically, financially, technologically and physically accessible to meet the educational and training needs of a diverse, multicultural population and the organizations within our community.
- Maintain institutional policies, programs, practices and efforts which provide an emphasis on a learning-centered college for students and the community.
- Develop the intellectual, physical, social, cultural and career potential of the individual.
- Promote diversity in faculty, staff and student recruitment; staff development; and cultural enrichment activities.
- Contribute to the economic, workforce, social, recreational and cultural quality of life of the community.
- Cooperate with other local, state and national organizations and provide leadership that will enhance educational services and avoid duplication of services.
Programs and Services
Transfer Programs: Associate degree education consisting of communications, social and behavioral sciences, physical and life sciences, mathematics, humanities and fine arts, education, engineering, and other pre-professional fields designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate degree granting institutions.
Occupational Programs: Business, health care, technical and professional education consisting of associate degrees, certificates, courses, workshops and seminars designed for career, entry-level employment, transitioning, retraining and/or upgrading of skills to meet current and emerging employment needs and trends.
Developmental Education: Courses, programs, and services designed to assist academically under prepared students to be successful in the next level of education, including: reading, mathematics, writing, personal development, literacy, high school equivalency exam preparation (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Workforce Development: Courses, programs, and services designed to meet the workplace training needs of both individuals and organizations with an emphasis on skill building and improved productivity.
Community Education: Courses, trips, tours, special events, and experiences designed for the personal enrichment of the lives of learners of all ages and to promote lifelong learning.
Student Services: Services designed to meet the needs of a diverse student population which include: counseling and advising, recruitment and retention, admissions, registration, assessment, financial aid, career services, co-curricular activities, intercollegiate athletics, and assistance for those students with physical and learning disabilities.
Instructional Support: Services designed to facilitate and provide support to the instructional process, including alternative delivery systems (such as telecourses, online courses, two-way interactive telecommunications, cable television, wireless communications); the use of computer technology; the library; the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology; media and learning laboratories.
Administrative Support: Organizational support that provides services for staff selection and development, financial services, facilities, operational management, technology advancements and training, research, planning, marketing and communications.
Community Support: Service to communities, organizations, and businesses may be provided by the college to meet local needs. These combined efforts may include programming in the community, workforce development, and partnership activities which will improve the quality of life.