Aspen Prize for Community College

Ventura College named one of top 150 in the country.

The Luxonomist. 11/02/2016

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Ventura College one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships, highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges.

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Ventura College. Click for more information

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

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Ventura College. Click for more information

Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country. «I am grateful for the dedicated work of all our college employees,» said President Greg Gillespie. «Their efforts directly help students succeed at Ventura College.  It is very exciting to receive this recognition from the Aspen Institute and we look forward to completing our application for the 2017 award.»

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Ventura College. Click for more information

«Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility in our country,» said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. «This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap to better student outcomes for community colleges nationwide.»

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