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CNC adopts new strategic plan

College of New Caledonia president Dr. Dennis Johnson.

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has launched the road map for its future with the release of its 2021-2026 strategic plan: lhulh whuts’odutel’eh – Learning Together. 

The plan was achieved through a year of engagement including hundreds of contributions, dozens of COVID-safe meetings, and open forums across the region CNC serves. 

“This plan will help CNC into a future of new and responsive learning opportunities to meet the demands of an evolving economy,” said CNC Board Chair Gil Malfair.

At the core of the plan is CNC’s new vision: learning together, changing lives, creating futures. The translation from Dakelh (Lheidli dialect) reads: lhulh whuts’odutel’eh (we will learn together), lhk’enazdulkat (we change ourselves), nus ‘uztelelh (we will create the future). 

“Students have a wide range of choices, and career and educational needs continue to advance,” said CNC President and CEO Dr. Dennis Johnson. “Those we serve are expecting more of us. It is our job to position CNC for new challenges and opportunities and ensure the students who entrust us with their learning receive the best possible experience.” 

The plan focuses on four main goals: learning across a lifetime, student success focused education and training, organizational strength and agility, and community engagement and partnerships.

Objectives accompany each goal, providing more detail and direction for success. 

Learning across a lifetime will provide direction on learning opportunities for all, re-imagining the ‘CNC student experience,’ and developing a strategic enrolment management (SEM) culture. 

Student success focused education and training will address how to empower a vibrant learning community, and deliver responsive, reflective, and experiential learning opportunities.

Organizational strength and agility will improve the college’s focus, coordination, and accountability; Indigenize the college; empower and enable employees; foster collaboration, diversity and inclusion; and rejuvenate college infrastructure.

Finally, community engagement and partnerships will work towards revitalizing Indigenous, community and stakeholder connections. College plans, practices, and programming will reflect the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, and the B.C. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. CNC will work to respond more effectively to community needs, and engage alumni.

“In many organizations strategic plans often start with great expectations but may lose momentum,” Johnson said. “It’s our objective to make this plan part of the fabric of CNC. We will use it as a guide in making decisions and setting priorities. We will develop cascading plans and regularly report on our progress in meeting these goals.”

Community engagement on lhulh whuts’odutel’eh – Learning Together will continue for the next 

five years. CNC will communicate annual goals, objectives, and progress to all the communities it serves. The college will also seek further input and feedback as the plan is implemented so it can respond to the changing needs of internal and external communities and adjust when necessary. 

To read CNC’s 2021-2026 strategic plan: lhulh whuts’odutel’eh – Learning Together, visit


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