Strategic Plan

Photo of WPCC employees made August 12, 2019 on the steps between Moore, Patton, and Burnett Halls


Our vision is to become Burke County’s educational institution of choice where exemplary faculty and staff offer cutting edge programs of study in an inclusive environment thereby meeting local citizens’ educational needs which will foster regional economic growth.

~Dr. Michael S. Helmick, President

Our Mission

Western Piedmont Community College’s mission is to provide accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in our community.

Core Values


We recognize the evolving global economy and take that as an opportunity to be original and effective in providing students with skills and training to pursue their career goals and meet employer expectations.


We take pride in serving the needs of students and the community by actively participating in service learning, civic engagement, and collaboration with community partners.


We believe in providing a safe, supportive environment that promotes learning and professional development leading to completion of academic programs, training and career goals.


We hold ourselves accountable for nurturing and developing the potential of every employee and student through assessment of student learning outcomes, institutional effectiveness, and continuous improvement.


We value global education and acknowledge the perspective and contributions of all people. We seek the opportunity to work, learn, and develop in a community of diverse students, faculty, and staff.


We strive to exceed the expectations of each other, our students, and the community we serve, and we aspire to be known as an exceptional institution for the programs and services we provide.


Strategic Goals 2016-2021

Student Success

WPCC students will be provided with opportunities to be successful when pursuing their educational goals.

Employee Development

WPCC employees will advance a culture of excellence and accountability by actively participating in professional development, continuous improvement, and open communication.

Workforce Development

WPCC will provide programs and services that meet local and regional labor market demands and the career aspirations of our students.

Community Engagement & Outreach

WPCC will actively engage our students and employees with the community and promote the benefits of our programs, services, and facilities.

Institutional Enhancement

WPCC facilities and support services will be maintained and enhanced to efficiently and sustainably serve students, the community, and employees.