Aspen Prize

Aspen Prize 2015

WKCTC Named One of Top Three Community Colleges in America by Aspen Institute; Chosen as Finalist-with-Distinction for second time

The Aspen Institute announced today that West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC) in Paducah, Kentucky is a Finalist-with-Distinction for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Selected from 1,123 community colleges nationwide, this is the second time WKCTC has been awarded this honor along with $100,000 in Prize funds to support its programs.
The Aspen Prize, the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, is awarded every two years and recognizes institutions for outstanding 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.
This year’s Aspen Prize winner, Santa Fe College (Gainesville, FL), will receive $800,000, while a second finalist-with-distinction, Lake Area Technical Institute, and the “Rising Star” recipient, Kennedy-King College (Chicago, IL), will receive $100,000 prizes. (See full list of Top Ten Prize Finalists below and read more information about them at

Check out what the Aspen Institute had to say about West Kentucky

“West Kentucky Community & Technical College has been a steady improver and built a community-wide college-going culture in an area where few people sought a degree beyond a high school diploma,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and author of What Excellent Community Colleges Do. “Faculty and staff are constantly working hard to improve their teaching and get students on the path to a better future.”

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