Mission & Vision Statements


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 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.

Institutional Priorities

  1. Increase annual enrollment both in student head count and credit hour totals
  2. Increase student success through higher retention/graduation rates, and pathways to employment and graduate education.
  3. Improve the quality, timeliness, accuracy, and consistency of communications within the College, as well as with community members and external stakeholders.
  4. Foster a cohesive, productive, and effective Northern community where everyone on the team feels valued and takes pride in contributing to the College's educational mission.

Core Values

  • Mutual respect
  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Diversity
  • Inclusivity
  • Inspiration
Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.