Mission & Vision Statements


Northern New Mexico College is a Hispanic- and Native American-serving comprehensive institution that will be recognized nationally for cultural sustainability, quality student learning and developing economically strong communities among diverse populations.


The mission of Northern New Mexico College is to ensure student success by providing access to affordable, community-based learning opportunities that meet the educational, cultural, and economic needs of the region.


  • Northern recognizes that students are the focus of the school and seeks to enhance their skills and self-image in order to help them set and meet realistic career and life goals.
  • Northern believes that educating is holistic and that each student's needs and interests are to be complemented by the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and administrative structure. In this way, students and staff are integrated in pursuit of education.
  • Northern strives to provide a comprehensive education to all residents of its service area.
  • Northern strives to provide an educational program that reflects the needs of the communities of northern New Mexico.

Statement of Purpose

  • To provide educational programs and course offerings which: lead to two-year degree and certificate programs; transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions; and meet the needs of students in skill upgrading, job advancement or change, and personal development.
  • To provide academic advisement, personal counseling referrals, placement testing, career guidance, tutorial services, and developmental studies to assist students in achieving their maximum potential.
  • To provide activities and learning opportunities which meet the educational and community service needs and interests of students and the community.
  • To provide opportunities for the intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural needs of students and the community by scheduling activities and services to further those needs.
  • To provide adequate organizational and support services to meet students needs and to maintain integrity and quality in its educational offerings.
“You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger universities. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Engineering
 The Foundation’s mission is to increase, manage and distribute resources for the benefit of the students, college and community. Visit foundation.nnmc.edu to learn more.