Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision, Mission, and Values

In 2007, Estrella Mountain began a journey to become more learning-centered. In support of this initiative, we revisited our Vision, Mission and Values statements and adopted revised statements in spring 2011. At the recommendation of the Higher Learning Commission, we re-engaged in the review process in fall 2022. We have identified the below values and definitions, adopted in April 2023, and will continue the review of our Vision and Mission, beginning fall 2023.


We provide exceptional and creative learning experiences that prepare all learners to achieve their dreams and transform their lives.

*Currently under review.


Estrella Mountain is an innovative higher learning organization responding to the diverse needs of West Valley communities. Learners have an opportunity to successfully accomplish their educational and personal goals through the following college purposes:

Developmental Education
Building the academic foundation and providing learning support to prepare learners for collegiate success.

General Education
Expanding educational experiences for all learners while fostering core academic abilities.

Transfer Education
Offering transfer courses and programs that enable learners to achieve success at their institution of choice.

Learner Support Services
Supporting learners through exceptional educational services, programs and guidance.

Workforce Development
Responding to the community's dynamic workforce needs by establishing partnerships and creating relevant programs of study, training and services.

Community Education
Providing learning experiences that enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of life-long learners.

Civic Responsibility
Creating opportunities and partnerships that provide a framework for learners to act responsibly in society.

Global Engagement
Engaging learners in the discovery, contribution and creation of local solutions in response to global issues.

Our Service Strategy reminds us that "Your Success is Our Success."

*Currently under review.


We believe in keeping students at the forefront of decision-making to enable their success by assessing and understanding their needs, interests, culture, talents, and goals.

We believe learning happens in many ways; thus, we provide meaningful and engaging experiences that promote transformation, growth, and continuous improvement.

We believe in demonstrating a consistent and uncompromising adherence to ethical principles and values by practicing accountability, transparency, and honesty.

We believe in fostering an environment that compassionately supports each individual's unique approach to enhancing their health and maximizing their potential.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We believe in cultivating a respectful environment that embraces the power of a diverse community, fosters a climate of respect, and promotes a sense of belonging.

*Adopted April 2023