SWCID - SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf

Vision & Mission

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To be a leader in education…for learning, for earning, for life!


Working as one, Howard College builds communities through quality, innovative education for lifelong learning.

Howard College primarily serves the communities of its taxing district of Howard County and the twelve other counties in its service area (Coke, Kimble, Martin, Concho, Menard, Dawson, Schleicher, Glasscock, Sterling, Irion, Sutton, Tom Green) as well as the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in its state-legislated responsibility for the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.  Students who choose to attend the college district from places outside of the taxing district and service area are integrated into the college community.  Howard College offers career technical/workforce and academic courses for certificates and associate degrees, continuing education, remedial and compensatory education consistent with open-admission policies.  Appropriate student services are also provided.  Howard College strives to enhance economic, community, cultural, and personal development across the service area through appropriate partnerships and services in meeting its public service mission.  As a community college, research is not included in the mission of Howard College.  However, exploration of innovative teaching and student development practices to enhance learning is supported and expected.


An institution working as one that:
  • Focuses on who we serve;
  • Provides quality innovative instruction and services leading to successful outcomes;
  • Utilizes effective and efficient processes, policies and procedures;
  • Demands a culture of personal and institutional integrity and accountability;
  • Fosters an environment of high academic standards, exceptional performance and service by all;
  • Values the individual employee.


Howard College ... for Learning, for Earning, for Life!

Howard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.