In 1987, the college was founded on a strong student and employee development philosophy utilizing a rich technological environment. PVCC was an early leader in this new way of thinking about the teaching and learning relationship. Several of the key concepts included:
- Student development is a dynamic active learning process that challenges students to become more self-directed.
- The learning process is concerned with all the aspects of the student’s development, often referred to as educating the “whole student.
- Students enter the learning process at varying points, they learn at different rates and through a variety of methods.
- Learning can and should occur anywhere on the college campus.
- All college employees contribute to student development.
- Planning efforts should be on assessing needs, developing strategies to achieve results, and student learning outcomes.
- Quality of student’s education depends significantly on the quality of all employees.
- All members of the institution must feel valued and be given an opportunity to grow.
- The employee development program is designed to foster personal and professional development among all college employees.