Mission Statement

Our Mission

Prairie State College fosters collaborative relationships that empower students to achieve their education and career goals. The College embraces its diversity, nurtures life-long learning, and supports community and economic development.

As a publicly supported, comprehensive community college of Illinois governed by a local Board of Trustees and mandated to promote and provide educational opportunities to meet the particular educational needs of its district residents Prairie State College provides the following:

University-Parallel Education:

Programs and coursework for the freshman and sophomore years of an undergraduate education for students who plan to continue studies toward the baccalaureate or pursue general studies in the liberal arts and sciences;

College-Level Technical, Occupational and Vocational Education:

Programs and coursework for students who plan to prepare for entry into employment or upgrade their career, professional skills, and work performance;

Adult General and Basic Education:

Courses and services for adults who desire to complete a high school equivalency examination or improve their adult basic education and literacy skills;

Developmental Educational Studies:

Courses and services for adults who are in need to further development of academic and basic skills preparation for acceptance into a curriculum and to succeed in college programs;

Special Training and Economic Development Education:

Courses and services of a specific nature where employment opportunities are available and in cooperation with employers and economic development agencies; and

Community Development:

Activities, services and special projects in response to cultural and educational needs and interests and for the expansion, enrichment and development of the communities served.

Values

  • Learning
  • Excellence
  • Accessibility
  • Respect
  • Integrity

Vision Statement

Prairie State College will offer rigorous academic programs, meet the needs of the local workforce, cultivate the values of sustainability, and demonstrate an awareness of its responsibilities in a global society.