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Mission, Vision & Strategic Plan

Photo of TCC strategic plan posterTacoma Community College sees education as a partnership. We make a firm promise to each and every student:

No matter where you start or what you hope to achieve...

We will educate you.

We will support you.

We will put opportunities within your reach.

...now you just have to take us up on it!

Our Mission

Why are we here? TCC creates meaningful and relevant learning, inspires greater equity, and celebrates success in our lives and our communities.

Our Vision

What are we working towards? Tacoma Community College is recognized as a spirited leader in emphasizing and documenting student learning. We are known for our commitment to innovation and excellence, our inclusive community, and our technology integration. We achieve this through the collective dedication and recognition of our college family.

Our Culture

Who are we? TCC is built on the gifts, resources, talents and successes of our students and employees. We believe that seeking out and celebrating these assets both sustains and energizes our community, helping us contribute to our society.

Strategic Plan 2014-2018

We're always looking ahead to the next level! TCC is constantly working to give our students the best education and opportunities. The 2014-2018 strategic plan and commitment to success is based on four solid concepts:

  • Create learning
  • Achieve equity
  • Engage community
  • Embrace discovery

This document defines the details of each concept as part of the Strategic Plan.

Learning Outcomes

So what will you get out of all this? And how will we know if we're keeping our part of the promise?

Degree-related Learning Outcomes: The faculty at TCC has identified these 6, measurable outcomes for all students who complete a degree here -- areas we expect you to excel in, during and after your time at TCC:

Upon completing a degree at Tacoma Community College, students will be able to:  

  • Core of Knowledge (COK): Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas (Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences; or, as applicable, specific professional/technical programs), integrate knowledge across disciplines, and apply this knowledge to academic, occupational, civic and personal endeavors.
  • Communication (COM): Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and technological means to make connections between self and others.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CRT): Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas, and use sound thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Information & Information Technology (IIT): Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use relevant and current information of appropriate authority for both academic and personal applications.
  • Living & Working Cooperatively/Valuing Differences (LWC): Respectfully acknowledge diverse points of view, and draw upon the knowledge and experience of others to collaborate in a multicultural and complex world.
  • Responsibility & Ethics (RES): Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.

Program-Specific Outcomes: When you finish the curriculum in your chosen program at TCC, you will be able to:

  • Master the central concepts of your areas of study
  • Apply knowledge and skills presented in your courses to occupational, social and personal contexts
  • Understand the purpose and value of general education
  • Integrate knowledge across disciplines.
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