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Aspen 2015

Aspen Institute Prize 2015

Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

WKCTC is one of four Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) colleges on this year’s list of 150. The others are Hazard Community and Technical College, Madisonville Community College and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. 

The Aspen Institute has named WKCTC one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation for two consecutive years. The College was a top five finalist in 2011. 

“We are extremely pleased to again be named among the top community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute.” said WKCTC President Barbara Veazey. “Community colleges, like West Kentucky, are essential to the development of a competitive workforce. Being named to Aspen’s top 150 for the third time is recognition of our commitment to not only student success, but also to the continued success of our community.”

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(Media Kit) 2015

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