East Central Community College will be recognized nationally as a premier community college and locally as the preferred gateway to higher education and training for residents of east central Mississippi due to our focus on students and their success and our commitment to communities and their development. 

East Central Community College, is a public, open-access, comprehensive, two-year institution of higher education that provides university transfer education, distance education opportunities, career-technical programs, workforce development services, and basic skills offerings to meet the educational and training needs of the residents of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties located in east central Mississippi.

The core values of East Central Community College define who WE ARE as an institution. They permeate all that we do and say as an institution and we pledge ourselves to demonstrate them as we work with our students and communities. These core values include:

Wisdom – We desire to follow good judgment, clear understanding, and intellectual knowledge in order to achieve the best possible outcome in all situations.
Excellence – We commit to the highest professional standards of quality, integrity, and performance in our programs, services, and operations.

Accountability – We employ data-driven decision-making, assessment of performance, and evaluation of results in a quest for continuous improvement.
Respect – We acknowledge the value and dignity of each member of the college family and choose to treat one another as we want to be treated.
Enthusiasm – We display a passion and an excitement for our work and believe every day provides opportunities to have a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve and support.

Efficiency - We pledge to be efficient stewards of the resources entrusted to our care to ensure maximum benefit for the college and the community.
Creativity – We cultivate an environment that seeks innovative solutions to challenges through exploration, analysis, experimentation, and adaptation.



STUDENT SUCCESS: Students are the reason for our existence and their achievement is the focus of all of our work at East Central. Therefore, we are determined to foster the academic, career, and personal success of all of our students through providing a vibrant and healthy learning environment and assisting them in developing their full potential and achieving their life goals.

TEACHING & LEARNING: The ultimate purpose of teaching is to help students make passionate connections to learning. Therefore, we will be committed to the highest standards of instructional excellence and will provide exemplary learning opportunities for our students through effective teaching, innovative programming, and the utilization of various instructional methodologies.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: The long-term, strategic goals of any community college must be aligned with and responsive to the needs of the communities it serves as it seeks to provide a high-quality, postsecondary education. Therefore, we will engage in collaborative and innovative partnerships with business and industry, education, government, and community groups to enrich the learning experiences of our students and communities and to advance the quality of life for our citizens.

RESOURCE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT: Strategic investments in human, physical, financial, and technological resources have a fundamental impact on the desired outcomes of a community college. Therefore, we will align our resources with our vision, mission, core values, and institutional commitments and pursue innovative resource utilization and development strategies in an effort to ensure student success and community development.

COMMUNICATION: Clear, concise, and timely communication with internal and external constituencies is a critical success factor for any effective organization. Therefore, we will develop comprehensive strategies and implement broad plans and/or policies to advance our visibility and to educate, engage, and involve stakeholders in the achievement of the college vision and the performance of the college mission.