Mission, Vision & Core Values
The principles that Guide Central Penn.
Central Penn College focuses on foundation documents to build a framework for career success. By focusing on foundation documents that speak to professionalism and positive work habits, we are able to provide a pathway that enables students to unlock their potential and transform dreams into reality. The challenge comes in accepting a commitment to change and grow and ultimately overcome barriers to success.
Integrity. Integrity indicates that we deliver on what we say and who we appear to be. This value represents our aspirations both as individuals and as an institution. Integrity is the foundation upon which our lives are lived and our college carries out its mission.
Professionalism. This attribute refers to personal conduct, attitude and appearance. The faculty and staff model it. Professors prepare students to enter the workforce by teaching both hard and soft skills. Through human interaction, written and verbal communication, and practice of professionalism in courses, it is easy for students to learn professionalism in their everyday lives. The policies at Central Penn, such as attendance and an alcohol- and drug-free environment, reinforce the concept of holding yourself to a professional standard.
Service. Our goal is to provide a service to students, each other, and our community. We are customer-service driven at all levels, from the classroom to staff offices to the administration. Our students are encouraged to provide service to the community, reminding them that the end purpose of education is to make this world a better place for others.
Diversity. We want Central Penn to be representative of the world around us. That means including people from different cultures, nationalities, religions and genders. We want this to be an institution where everyone can find new opportunities to grow. By embracing multiple perspectives, we expand our own knowledge base, as well as those around us. The college not only embraces diversity, but promotes it in our recruitment and hiring practices.
Quality. In order to build a quality workforce, we must first provide a quality education for our students. We ensure a quality education by fostering a faculty with the highest credentials and experiences, being committed to professional development and continual improvement, and regularly reviewing curriculum for academic rigor and relevance. However, quality doesn’t stop at the classroom. It extends to the resources we offer students, including technology, housing, food, and the support of faculty and staff. We strive to make our educational product the highest quality, therefore ensuring our graduates also are of the highest quality.
The Big Eight Philosophies are designed to articulate the College’s standards to students, faculty, and staff so as to develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to secure meaningful employment or advancement in their chosen field.
Appearance. Central Penn College strives to mirror the current business environment as closely as possible, evolving to present a more current picture of what graduates will encounter in their careers when it comes to business attire. The majority of today’s professionals dress up for meetings or presentations while maintaining a more relaxed dress for day-to-day operations. Central Penn students will dress in business attire for special presentations and assignments only, and be graded against a rubric that emphasizes professionalism, including professional attire. Students will learn to: dress the part of a professional, build confidence, develop good habits and build a professional wardrobe.
Attendance. Central Penn College challenges students to be learners who assume responsibility in preparing for the business world. Student presence and participation in the classroom or in online courses is an important component of this challenge.
Conduct. Central Penn College is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a lawful and responsible manner. Just as in the community where inappropriate actions may cause you to lose your job or lose your lease, Central Penn follows a published judiciary process, which recommends appropriate disciplinary action.
Drug and Alcohol Use. Central Penn College further promotes academic integrity and professional success through promoting an alcohol-free and drugfree college environment.
Grades. Central Penn College values a quality work ethic, as do employers. Through an environment that embraces academic integrity and effort, quality student work is rewarded through academic achievement.
Hands-On Education. Central Penn College strives to serve as the bridge that connects students to their professional dreams through a high-quality, careeroriented education. This philosophy embraces experiential hands-on learning and enables the College to gauge its success on the employment successes of its graduates.
Service/Community Service. Central Penn College adopts a philosophy of community mindedness that prepares graduates to be contributing members of society. Combining aspects of service with career-oriented education helps to create model citizens.
Technology. Central Penn College embraces the need to be technologically competent in today’s world. Students, faculty, and staff must feel comfortable using today’s technology to improve their productivity and value.
Central Penn’s mission is to provide an education that prepares its graduates to obtain employment or advancement in their chosen field, continue their education, and be contributing members of society.
Our vision for Central Penn College is a diverse student population benefiting from caring faculty and staff, credentialed practitioners who delight in teaching. Collectively, we work to create the bridge that connects students to their professional goals through a rich assortment of career-centered programs by embracing hands-on learning and today’s technology. Our vision is of a regional career college that reaches out to form partnerships with alumni, employers, educational institutions, and the community.
Central Penn's Community Involvement
At Central Penn College, giving back takes on a whole new role. Every term, students, faculty and staff commit one day to give back to the community.