Strategic Priorities

MISSION of PIERPONT COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE:  To provide accessible, responsive, comprehensive education that works. 

PIERPONT COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE'S VISION: Empowering individuals to transform their lives through education.



OUR STRATEGIC VISIONPierpont will be a catalyst of energy and innovation that fosters tailored educational programs and services which improve the growth of the regional economy.


  • Focus the College Community on Student Success
  • Strengthen Academic Excellence
  • Continuously Improve the Organization
  • Support Business, Industry and Community Partnerships

Priority:  Focus the College Community on Student Success

Goal - Be an engaged campus, integral to the community

  1. Attract diverse students to open and welcoming campuses
  2. Engage all faculty and staff in student success
  3. Increase participation in community engagement
  4. Offer instruction through multiple delivery systems

Goal - Foster student achievement

  1. Share career opportunities and celebrate successes
  2. Promote Pierpont Pride and Pierpont graduates
  3. Increase retention activities
  4. Feature individual programs

Priority:  Strengthen Academic Excellence

Goal - Ensure quality in curriculum and instruction

  1. Maintain programmatic and institutional accreditations
  2. Promote continuous improvement in programs
  3. Implement academic excellence initiatives
  4. Engage faculty as Pierpont's intellectual leaders

Goal - Enhance college readiness and retention

  1. Increase student preparedness
  2. Target underserved populations
  3. Implement strategies that achieve a continuum of student services
  4. Support enrolled students through structured services

Priority:  Continuously Improve the Organization

Goal - Strengthen institutional effectiveness and accountability

  1. Ensure policies and procedures are effective and transparent
  2. Improve accountability and ensure sound operations
  3. Attract and retain qualified, diverse, and dedicated employees

Goal - Improve the physical and technological infrastructures

  1. Optimize educational delivery systems and institutional support systems
  2. Ensure the accuracy, security, and ease of use of the college's website and data
  3. Maximize use of physical facilities 

Priority:  Support Business, Industry, and Community Partnerships

Goal - Structure programs to meet economic and workforce priorities

  1. Increase experiential and work-based learning opportunities
  2. Implement models to track and communicate opportunities, data, and resources
  3. Create structured pathways for laddered education and technical skills
  4. Implement new credit and non-credit programs to meet demand

Goal - Leverage engagement with partners

  1. Develop and sustain relationships and opportunities
  2. Conduct employer assessments
  3. Invite collaboration for resources, learning, support, and services
  4. Improve and foster Advisory Board participation


Strategic Priorities 2011-2015

Legislated purpose for Pierpont Community & Technical College (Pierpont):

H. B. 3215 – establishing community colleges, 18B – 3C-8 Legislative findings and intent: The primary goal of the Legislature is to create a statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges that focus on technical education, workforce training, and lifelong learning for the Twenty-First Century. A necessary precedent to accomplishing the legislative goal is to change the way that leaders at all levels of education, including institutional governing boards, view community and technical colleges. Specifically, that the mission of technical colleges is different from that of traditional four-year colleges in what they accomplish and how they can achieve it effectively and that the state cannot compete successfully in today’s information-driven, technology-based economy if community and technical colleges continue to be viewed as add-ons or afterthoughts attached to baccalaureate institutions.

Strategic Vision: Transform Pierpont from a well-kept secret to a best-known asset.

Guiding Principle: Act as a family; treat others as family.

Campus Concept: Pierpont values its historic links with Fairmont State University (FSU) and in particular, values the unique and diverse options provided for students on the shared Pierpont/FSU campus. Pierpont recognizes that limited educational resources cannot support isolated “stand alone” campus facilities but require a college to fully partner with the communities it plans to serve. The college intends to extend this foundational concept by developing facilities embedded within existing business and educational communities.


STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Modify our infrastructure to fulfill our mission.

  • Increase offerings of 5 and 8 week, modularized, and stretch courses
  • Increase enrollment in distance learning courses through improved management and assessment, expanded course development, and marketing
  • Redesign Information Technology (IT) software/hardware and staffing structure to support a 12-month operation
  • Create a grants procurement and management infrastructure
  • Address gaps in staffing, faculty salaries and support, course schedules, and student resources for summer sessions
  • Increase resources for the shared Pierpont/FSU Advising Center


STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Pilot and assess county outreach projects.

  • Spearhead 13-County educational workshops and seminars with intense focus on connecting with secondary counselors
  • Target community engagement in Barbour, Randolph, Lewis, and Preston counties
  • Develop plan for Monongalia county site expansion
  • Participate in Innovations Zone projects at Braxton and North Marion High Schools
  • Offer “family educational camps” at Career and Technical Education Centers
  • Provide adult counseling services at Career and Technical Education Centers


STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Build retention resources and services.

  • Establish a Testing Center for incoming Pierpont/FSU students
  • Secure continued funding for Math/Writing Center serving Pierpont/FSU students
  • Fund career counseling and financial aid staff at North Advanced Technology Center
  • Develop program options to reduce the number of students not declaring a major
  • Increase resources for faculty and staff professional development
  • Expand student internship opportunities and participation
  • Complete the Pioneer Pathways Quality Initiatives as required for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)


STRATEGIC INITITATIVE: Coordinate facility planning with Fairmont State University.

  • Relocate designated programs and staff to the North Advanced Technology Center and complete plans for reuse of subsequent vacated shared campus space
  • Complete plans for reuse of shared campus space resulting from staff and service relocation to the Turley Center building
  • Target facility upgrades for Veterinary Tech, Early Childhood, Culinary, and Emergency Medical Services programs
  • Address shortage of appropriate faculty office space
  • Assess classroom needs throughout 13-county service area
  • Identify gaps in current facilities as related to commuter students, students with children, evening students and working students