The Community College of Vermont is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 6,000 students each semester. With twelve locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.
CCV is deeply rooted in Vermont communities, providing students opportunities for academic and
professional growth through flexible, innovative programs and exemplary support services. CCV will
cultivate a rich network of partners through collaboration and workforce development to create vibrant and economically thriving Vermont communities.
The Community College of Vermont supports and challenges all students in meeting their educational goals through an abiding commitment to access, affordability, and student success.
CCV holds at its core the belief that education has the power to transform lives, inspire families, and strengthen communities. We believe all people are entitled to a high-quality, affordable postsecondary education, and all students have the ability to learn. The following values guide CCV’s work:
CCV values teamwork across the College and actively reaches out to its diverse communities,
developing deep partnerships to achieve shared goals.
CCV empowers its students, faculty, and staff to change their lives in positive ways and become
active members in local and global communities.
CCV offers small classes, embracing active learning and student engagement as the core of its teaching and learning environment.
CCV fosters creative problem solving, responsiveness, entrepreneurship, and the ability to adapt to
a rapidly changing world.
CCV promotes institutional and individual responsibility, honest and ethical conduct, fairness, and
CCV develops the capacity of students, faculty, and staff to fulfill their potential and continually
CCV embraces diversity and inclusion, and provides welcoming, safe, and supportive learning
CCV is committed to the wise use of resources to offer an affordable college education and to ensure the long-term health of the College.
Community College of Vermont is a not-for-profit public institution.
The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785
CCV Code of Ethics
The Community College of Vermont is committed to maintaining a positive, healthy, and
respectful environment for its many constituents. Creating a climate of respect and trust is a
responsibility shared by all. This code of ethics seeks to articulate commonly held values
which are central to the culture of the College. It is CCV’s way of saying that we care about
how it feels to work, teach, and learn here.
Simply stated, CCV strives to provide a working and learning environment that:
- fosters the personal, professional and academic growth of self and others;
- supports and promotes equity, self-reliance, responsibility, competence, and appropriate openness in communication and action;
- regards positively the diversity of experience and opinion inherent in our college
- recognizes everyone’s need for physical and psychological well-being and respects the
safety of individuals;
- encourages honesty, trust, and personal integrity as the basis for healthy interaction;
- promotes the practice of mutual agreement as the basis for a fair contract; and
- treats people in a fair and just manner.
Representatives of CCV will seek to practice this code of ethics internally as well as
externally in our contacts with individuals, organizations, and businesses in our local
The Community College of Vermont was founded in 1970, and in 1972 merged with the Vermont State Colleges.
CCV has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1975. Over the years, CCV has received national recognition for its innovative programs and its unique way of bringing college learning to residents in all parts of the state.
Today, CCV serves over 7,000 students each semester, making its enrollment the second largest of any college in the state.
1970 – Governor Dean Davis creates the Vermont Regional Community College Commission (VRCCC). Peter Smith is hired as the first president, and VRCCC opens its doors in Montpelier with 10 courses and 50 students.
1972 – VRCC becomes the fifth member of the Vermont State Colleges system and is renamed Community College of Vermont.
1973 – CCV holds its first commencement, awarding eight associate degrees.
1975 – CCV earns its first accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
1979 – CCV weathers a legislative budget crisis with grassroots and media support, and the College escapes a narrow brush with dissolution.
1980 – CCV receives its first Title III and Special Services grants from the U.S. Department of Education to expand six sites and services to students.
1983 – CCV joins the information age with the installation of microcomputer labs in site offices.
1984 – CCV’s commencement tops 100 graduates; CCV’s 12th site is opened in Middlebury.
1985 – Spring semester enrollment nears the 3,000 mark; library system automation begins.
1986 – CCV offers its first summer residency course, Exploring the Humanities, at Trinity College in Burlington; a precursor to study abroad, hybrid courses, and intensive course delivery models of the future.
1992 – CCV deploys the “Virtual Campus,” linking its twelve statewide locations and its administrative offices via networked computers.
1993 – CCV enrollment tops 5,000.
1995 – CCV awards three hundred associate degrees as the College celebrates its 25th anniversary.
1996 – CCV offers its first online course, Introduction to Political Science.
1998 – CCV and the University of Vermont sign a long-awaited articulation agreement, guaranteeing CCV graduates admission to UVM College of Arts and Sciences.
1999 – CCV hosts its first Student Leadership Conference and unveils “Great Beginnings,” an instructional development workshop provided for all new faculty members.
2000 – Online Learning reaches 5% of all-college enrollment; CCV and VTC consolidate library services.
2001 – CCV Dean of Administrative Services Timothy J. Donovan is installed as president.
2002 – First CCV Study Abroad class treks to Ireland to study Folklore; CCV honored by the Met Life Foundation as one of six colleges in the nation for innovative practices that reach underserved populations. Online Learning reaches 10% of all-college enrollment.
2003 – Students age 22 years and younger reach 33% of CCV population.
2004 – CCV’s faculty handbook is selected for publication by the American Association of Community Colleges Press.
2005 – CCV’s first built-to-own facility in Wilder is dedicated by Governor James Douglas. CCV celebrates its 35th anniversary with 437 graduates. A full 31% of students taking CCV courses take one or more online courses.
2006 – 20% of CCV’s enrollment is in online classes. 6,000 students enroll for fall classes.
2007 – Students age 22 and under represent 40% of CCV’s enrollment.
2009 – CCV’s enrollment reaches 7,000.
2010 – CCV celebrates its 40th anniversary and the opening of a 65,000 sq. ft. energy-efficient facility in Winooski. Online classes comprise 27% of all college enrollment. 490 graduates receive their associate degree.
2011 – 531 students graduate from CCV.
2012 – CCV welcomed students to a larger, more modern 32,000 sq. ft. leased facility in Rutland. NEASC completes a successful reaccreditation visit. CCV Montpelier moves its academic center to an expanded facility at 660 Elm Street, to join the College’s central administrative offices, housed there since 2009. 527 CCV students receive their associate degree.
2013 – 614 students graduate from CCV.
2014 – Nearly 600 students graduate from CCV. CCV Brattleboro moves to its new home in the historic downtown Brooks House.
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