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Aspen Institute Recognizes WKCTC

West Kentucky Community and Technical College has been named one of the ten finalist community colleges by the Aspen Institutes College Excellence Program. This is the first national recognition of extraordinary accomplishments at individual community colleges, and follows on the April project launch and previous White House Community College Summit that attracted participation and endorsement from President Obama, as well as luminaries in American education, labor, business and civil society.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College works hard to make sure that students learn and are prepared for the workforce, and it shows, said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institutes College Excellence Program. The number of students who have completed their programs is climbing. Paducah and the whole state have something to be proud of in West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

WKCTC increased the number of students completing its programs by 23% over a recent five-year period, a significant achievement and the biggest improvement out of the top ten community colleges recognized today by the Aspen Institute. WKCTC makes concerted efforts to continually improve student success, using information on student learning and completion to improve the ways programs are taught and structured. For example, the college provides advising to help students select a major because students with a declared major are more likely to finish. By focusing on what's working and fixing what isn't, WKCTC is helping more of its students earn the degrees and certificates that lead to jobs and economic stability.