Our Mission

L&C's mission is to empower people by raising aspirations and fostering achievement through dynamic, compassionate and responsible learning experiences.

Core Values

  • Student-focused
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Valuing People
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Building Community Relationships


  1. Prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
  2. Prepare students for entry into the workforce, career advancement or career change through technical certificate and associate degree programs.
  3. Provide adult basic education, general education development (Illinois High School Diploma), developmental and other instruction that prepares students for college-level coursework.
  4. Provide programs and experiences that foster individual development through job skills and lifelong learning skills to meet the demands of a global, technology-driven and knowledge-based economy.
  5. Provide a learning environment that is supported by teaching excellence, high-quality student services and well-equipped and maintained instructional facilities.
  6. Support education and research activities and the economic development of the district and the State of Illinois through partnerships and community service programs.
  7. Contribute to the advancement and well-being of the citizens of the district through cultural, civic, and professional activities.


We are the preeminent provider of relevant, high-quality learning experiences to the communities we serve.

The college combines the best of the traditional and the modern to provide an environment that is accessible and highly conducive to learning, social interaction, personal enrichment, physical development, and job skills enhancement.

Programs and support services are carefully designed to serve the current and evolving needs of our students. Faculty and staff exemplify the highest standards of service and performance and take pride in the achievement of our students and the College as a whole.

Our actions reflect Lewis and Clark’s core values of service, respect, responsibility, compassion and integrity. We hold ourselves accountable for our performance as educators and as stewards of the resources entrusted to us. The true measure of our performance is the personal and academic success of our students, the overall well-being and cultural enrichment of the communities we serve, and the economic vitality of the region.