Institutional Purpose and Mission
Johnston Community College (JCC) in Smithfield, North Carolina, is located thirty miles east of Raleigh near the junction of I-95 and US 70. The 175-acre main campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, picturesque pines, colorful azaleas and scenic ponds. Johnston Community College has off-campus centers throughout the county, including the Cleveland Center, the Workforce Development Center in Clayton, and the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, a 2800-acre wildlife preserve and teaching facility.
Originally established in 1969 in Four Oaks, North Carolina, and moved to its current location in 1976, JCC has maintained its small town values while progressively meeting the needs of the fastest growing county in North Carolina.
The College was fully accredited in 1977. As a member of the North Carolina Community College System, it is a public, two-year post-secondary college with an open-door admission policy.
Johnston Community College provides comprehensive occupational, general, and continuing education programs, as well as community service activities for Johnston County and surrounding areas. The College opens its doors to the community and seeks to provide for the fullest possible development of the potential of all students in order that they may increase their knowledge and understanding of life; that they may develop occupational and educational proficiencies in accordance with their interests, talents, and aspirations; and that they may continue their personal growth. To that end, the College, in its programs, services and future plans, strives to reflect the unique demographic, economic and culturally diverse area it serves.
Expanded Statement of Purpose (2014-2015)
Mission StatementJohnston Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational and community enrichment opportunities for the successful development of learners.
- Support student achievement of academic goals, enhanced employment opportunities, or transfer to four‐year colleges.
- Collaborate with appropriate agencies and groups to meet workforce and community needs.
- Ensure high quality and continuous improvement in all programs and services.
- Provide specialized training to ensure future institutional leadership.
- Promote and recognize the diversity and achievements of faculty, staff, and the student body.
- Provide and support personal and cultural enrichment, outreach, and community based programs, activities, and events that reflect the diversity within the community.
- Create, maintain, and enhance a safe environment conducive to learning.
- Ensure the efficient, appropriate, and effective use of all available resources.
- Secure alternative sources of funding.
- Engage in strategic planning, ongoing quality improvement, and responsiveness to community needs.
Strategic Areas of Emphasis
- To restructure orientation and advising to increase opportunities for student success.
- To refresh, enhance, and expand the College’s technology infrastructure to support student, faculty, and staff increased demands for connectivity, security, safety, and learning.
Approved by the Board of Trustees 11-14-13. Effective 2014-2015.