Monroe County Community College was founded 50 years ago in this community, by this community, to serve this community. That is our fundamental mission. The MCCC Mission reads, “Monroe County Community College provides a variety of higher education opportunities to enrich the lives ofthe residents of Monroe County. While I believe that at this point in the development of our county, region, state, nation and world, our mission is much more encompassing, that is not the focus of this blog.
The focus of my blog this morning is on serving our community – Monroe County. Our mission as currently stated is to serve our county. To quote Dr. Ronald Campbell, our first president: “In short, Monroe County Community College is your college, Mr. and Mrs. Citizen. You created it, you support it, you use it. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why we operate with you in mind” (“Campus Notebook,” Carleton Messenger, 17 March 1972). Our mission is to serve ALL members of this community/county, without regard to age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Our mission, simply put, is to provide opportunity and access, while maintaining our standards. So, if there are ANY members of our community who meet those standards and in any way feel that they are not being provided with the opportunity to access the “Community’s College”, then we are not meeting our mission.
My fellow educators, for 50 years we have served this community par excellence, and our community is the better for it. In a new day and age, as the world around us changes and as the” ground shifts”, let us find new and innovative ways of serving our community by providing opportunity and access to continue enriching the lives of all our residents.