River Valley Community College transforms lives by providing a quality and affordable education through innovative personal approaches to lifelong learning and career pathways.

Core Values

  • Life-long learning
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Appreciation
  • Diversity/Inclusion


  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Accountability
  • Integrity

Expected Outcomes

1. Engages in programs and activities that expand access to higher education for all members of the community

2. Offers college-preparatory instruction that prepares students for success in college-level work and life-long learning

3. Provides students with a full range of student development and academic support services

4. Offers students the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of others through service learning and volunteerism

5. Prepares individuals for employment in a variety of careers in business, the health sciences, computer applications, engineering and industrial technologies, and public service

6. Serves as an entry-point for bachelor degree program by providing the first two years of a four-year program through a sequence of general education that stresses an appreciation of the arts and the humanities, the social sciences, mathematics and quantitative literacy, the sciences, communication and information literacy

7. Provides economic development and continuing education activities to meet the needs of business, industry and government while enhancing employee skills and enriching their lives.


Since the College serves a diverse student population possessing a wide range of academic and physical abilities, the College is committed to providing a variety of educational approaches, instructional methods, supplementary services, and co-curricular activities to meet those diverse needs. In the context of a student-centered environment, the primary aim of the College is to assist students to become self-reliant, self-confident skilled workers and educated persons. 

The College believes that the educated person is able to read critically, write clearly and comprehensively, reason analytically, and utilize mathematical and scientific skills to solve life’s problems. The educated person functions as a responsible and ethical member of society, recognizes and copes with ambiguities of life, and appreciates diversity. The educated person moves from concrete to abstract levels of thinking, fosters integration and synthesis of knowledge, interchanges roles as both learner and teacher, and utilizes contemplative thought.

By embracing an understanding and appreciation of self in today’s socially and technologically complex world, and through the stimulation of intellectual curiosity, learners will be able to improve their lives and contribute something of value to the community of which they are a part.

Strategic Plan 2022-2025 (PDF)

Strategic Plan 2018-2021 (PDF)