H. B. 3215 – establishing community colleges, 18B – 3C-8 Legislative findings and intent: The primary goal of the Legislature is to create a statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges that focus on technical education, workforce training, and lifelong learning for the Twenty-First Century. A necessary precedent to accomplishing the legislative goal is to change the way that leaders at all levels of education, including institutional governing boards, view community and technical colleges. Specifically, that the mission of technical colleges is different from that of traditional four-year colleges in what they accomplish and how they can achieve it effectively and that the state cannot compete successfully in today’s information-driven, technology-based economy if community and technical colleges continue to be viewed as add-ons or afterthoughts attached to baccalaureate institutions.”