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Mission Statement

Southern Maine Community College offers a broad variety of college level arts, sciences, and technical curricula. The emphasis in all cases is on the application of knowledge. While education for immediate employment is an essential goal in the technical programs, the greater goal is to develop the potential for growth and change, achieved either through advancement in one's chosen career path or by pursuing a Baccalaureate Degree.

SMCC is dedicated to providing a high quality program of instruction and recognizes the importance of scholastic and technical knowledge, as well as the development of skills. The College provides integrated technical, related and liberal studies education courses to enable students to develop self-awareness and social responsibility, as well as skills in order to compete successfully in a chosen field.

From this base, the following goals are established:

  1. To meet the needs of students desiring either college level technical or liberal studies education.

  2. To offer technical education programs that are occupationally oriented.

  3. To offer liberal studies courses which complement requirements for specific technical fields and provide the core curriculum for an Associate of Arts transfer degree.

  4. To ensure that acceptable technical and scholastic skills will be attained by students upon graduation.

  5. To provide the opportunity to attain occupational competence compatible with individual student interests and abilities through the provision of multilevel programs.

  6. To provide new industry and business oriented education and training opportunities, based on present and projected employment opportunities in the state, which will provide a trained work force for new and expanding industries. This goal will further serve as an inducement for industrial plant location in the state.

The specific objectives of SMCC are to provide the students with an educational experience that will:

  1. Prepare graduates of technical programs for career employment.

  2. Prepare graduates to advance in their occupation as the opportunities arise.

  3. Enable students to continue their technical and/or academic education according to their changing needs and interests.

  4. Enable graduates to develop a range of skills ensuring flexibility of occupational choice.


The leadership of Southern Maine Community College is committed to affirmative action in all activities. In fulfilling this commitment, students and employees must be proactive in assuring the fulfillment of all federal and state laws, rules and regulations which exist regarding civil and human rights. This is essential to assure that all students and employees are provided with an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, parental status, or disability. The employees of the college must work to identify any discriminatory practice and to eliminate any bias or stereotype which has the effect of condoning discriminatory attitudes and behavior.In fulfilling the Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), the individual designated as the Affirmative Action Officer (AAO) has the administrative responsibility and authority to ensure the success of thisaffirmative action plan. For this purpose, this individual reports directly to the President. Each college administrator is responsible for implementing the college's AAP. Administrators in particular must be sensitive to potential actions that may result in discrimination. Corrective action is required regardless of whether a formal complaint has been filed.

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