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WKCTC up for top community college honor

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 West Kentucky Community and Technical College is a finalist for a nationwide community college honor.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is given out every two years, and recognizes outstanding community colleges from a pool of more than 1,000 schools. The $1 million prize is awarded for excellence in four areas: learning, degree completion, employment and earnings and success for minority and low-income students.

Joshua Wyner is the executive director of the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program. He says since the prize was first awarded in 2010, WKCTC has been a finalist each cycle.

"WKCTC demonstrates that a community college can help students be successful in the classroom and in the job market when faculty consistently measure and improve student learning, when programs are aligned to economic opportunity and when leaders strategically build and sustain a culture of continuous improvement," Wyner said, in a news release.

Though WKCTC has never won the prize, it was named a finalist-with-distinction in 2011. The 2015 winner will be announced next March at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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