The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has selected Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and three other colleges within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System as among the nation’s 150 best community colleges. Joining Southeast are Hazard Community and Technical College, Madisonville Community and Technical College and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Southeast, with campuses at Cumberland, Harlan, Middlesboro, Pineville and Whitesburg, was chosen from nearly 1,000 community colleges nationwide based on performance and improvement in the following areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates and equity in student outcomes. SKCTC will now compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize by demonstrating high standards for learning, college completion without delay and proving to be an excellent training ground for jobs that pay competitive, wages, following a yearlong research process.
Ten Aspen finalists will be named in fall 2014. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earning data for states and transfer data from the National Student Clearinghouse.
SKCTC was one of 10 national finalists for the Aspen Award in 2013.