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Top Ten Community College In America - Two Consecutive Years

Awarded to: 
West Kentucky Community and Technical College


In 2013, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) was recognized by The Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation for a second consecutive year. In this national review of community colleges, WKCTC was recognized for excelling at providing students with strong job training and continuing higher education opportunity, for achieving high completion and transfer rates, and for realizing strong employment results for our graduates. Our focus on improving student learning helps ensure our students graduate with the knowledge they need to secure jobs or transfer to four-year schools. Evidence shows that students who transfer to four-year schools from WKCTC do better in their junior and senior years than other Kentucky students.

About the Award

The purpose of the Aspen Prize is to recognize community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes in both absolute performance and improvements over time. By focusing on student success and lifting up models that work, the Aspen Prize will honor excellence, stimulate innovation, and create benchmarks for measuring progress.

In response to the President's leadership on this issue and in recognition of the education and workforce imperatives facing our country, the Aspen Institute, the Joyce and Lumina Foundations, and the charitable foundations of Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase have partnered to launch the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.