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West Kentucky Named One of the Nation's Top Three Community Colleges

The Aspen Institute announced March 18 that West Kentucky Community amp; Technical College (WKCTC) 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 fundsto support its programs.

The Aspen Prize, the nations preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in Americas 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 years 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.

West Kentucky Community amp; 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.