Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission Statement

Thomas Nelson Community College changes lives, empowers students to succeed, and enhances the civic and economic vitality of the Peninsula community through high quality education and workforce training, excellent services, and innovative partnerships.

Vision Statement

As the Peninsula’s Community College, Thomas Nelson is committed to excellence, recognized for student success, and dedicated to meeting the needs of our community.

Core Values

Students First

We are passionate about our students’ success and their futures, and are committed to providing outstanding education and training opportunities in a supportive collegiate environment that will equip students to compete in the global workforce. 

Educational Excellence

We value high standards for learning and appreciate our dedicated faculty and staff who create learning environments that stimulate intellectual growth and academic achievement, encourage life-long learning, and help students realize their dreams. 

Community Responsiveness

We affirm our commitment to meeting the education and workforce training needs of our community and to building strong innovative partnerships that support the economic vitality of the region. 

Integrity

We expect everyone to take responsibility for their actions, to engage in ethical behavior, and to impart honesty, trust and transparency in all interactions.

Diversity

We are committed to exploring and understanding our similarities and differences and fostering inclusive working and learning environments that promote respect and appreciation for our diverse cultures, beliefs, lifestyles and perspectives. 

Mutual Respect & Shared Governance

We value the contributions of everyone, encourage the sharing of ideas, and commit to equitable treatment in all that we do. We acknowledge a shared responsibility for institutional success and improvement, and commit to shared decision making characterized by broad participation, openness and teamwork.