Our Mission

Engaging students, changing lives

North Hennepin Community College creates opportunities for students to reach their academic goals, succeed in their chosen professions, and make a difference in the world.

Our Vision

Opportunity without limits, learning without end, and achievement beyond expectation

Our Guiding Values

We believe in the power of education to change lives. Toward that end, we:

  • Inspire intellectual curiosity
  • Embrace diversity of all kinds
  • Foster trust and respect
  • Expect quality and continuous improvement
  • Encourage creativity and innovation
  • Promote individual responsibility and integrity
  • Invest in professional and personal development
  • Build strong, collaborative partnerships
  • Serve as responsible stewards of college resources

Our Strategic Goals

Access, Opportunity, and Success

Maintain academic standards and stable enrollments while increasing retention and completion

  • Strengthen credit and non-credit enrollment
  • Increase student retention rates
  • Increase success rates in courses without decreasing course quality
  • Improve graduation, transfer, and goal attainment rates
  • Build capacity for students to complete baccalaureate degrees

Innovation and Relevance

Maintain curriculum that is relevant and effective while developing innovative new courses and programs

  • Ensure innovative, responsive, and relevant program development
  • Improve perception of value and quality of NHCC academic courses and programs

Culture of Commitment

Develop a more rewarding, engaged, and inclusive college environment

  • Deliver personalized, proactive, and relevant communication
  • Build a culture of internal and external service excellence
  • Increase employee diversity to reflect student and community demographics

Workforce and Community

Expand effective partnerships within and beyond our community

  • Increase and improve NHCC brand awareness and communication
  • Enhance relationships and partnerships to meet community and employer needs