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West Kentucky Community and Technical College Is Aspen Finalist

For the second year, West Kentucky Community and Technical College was named today one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nations signature recognition of high achievement and performance in Americas community colleges.

WKCTC now enters the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March in Washington, D.C. to the winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction. Last year, WKCTC was honored as one of the top five finalists.

Selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, the Prize recognizes the most outstanding institutions for achievements in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree and college completion, labor market success in students securing jobs after college, and minority and low-income student success.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College provides tremendous opportunities for students and the region alike, even as the areas job market has been contracting. Recent WKCTC graduates are employed at very high rates. The college has played a vital role in the regions economic development, supplying a robust local health care industry with the majority of nurses and other health care professionals, as well as creating new programs in response to the needs of local industries.

WKCTC has demonstrated that it is a top community college for a second consecutive year, said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institutes College Excellence Program. Its leadership is driven to assess both community and student needs. By identifying barriers to student success and removing them, WKCTC is able to deliver custom-trained graduates who fit the bill for available jobs.