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PCC named one of the top 150 in nation for fourth time

12 October 2017
PCC named one of the top 150 in nation for fourth time

Pratt Community College is recognized for being one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges for a fourth consecutive cycle. Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named PCC as one of the nation’s 150 top community colleges, challenging it to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The Aspen Prize, which is awarded every two years, focuses on student success and looks at outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. The idea is to share promising practices as well as spotlight the need for a quality postsecondary education to attain good jobs and careers, according to officials.

“This is an amazing accomplishment and my hats off to the faculty, staff, students and trustees that work tirelessly to help our students be successful,” said Dr. Michael Calvert, President of PCC. “I am very proud to be part of an institution that values and models quality instruction and care and concern for students. Promoting student success is truly a team effort!”

PCC is also eligible for the 2019 Siemens Technical Scholars Program. Founded in 2015, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program is a partnership between Aspen and the Siemens Foundation, designed to highlight the benefit to individuals, communities, and businesses delivered by excellent community college programs that prepare students for middle-skill jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Eight excellent programs within strong institutions will be recognized for their outstanding practice, and each will be awarded $50,000 to use towards further program development and student scholarships. Only 10 percent of the colleges nation-wide are eligible to apply for either the Aspen or the Siemens Program, and only 3 percent of the colleges are deemed eligible for both.

The top 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then visit each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A jury will then select in spring 2019 a grand prize winner, finalists with distinction and rising stars. A full list of the 150 community colleges is available at www.highered.aspeninstitute.org/aspen-prize.