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U.S. Competition to Reward & Spotlight Top Community Colleges

U.S. Competition to Reward & Spotlight Top Community Colleges

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Dr. Jill Biden is set to lead the launch of a U.S. competition to reward and spotlight the nation’s top community colleges.  The top 120 ranked community colleges are to be announced,  and all eligible for inaugural Aspen Prize fund of $1 million. 

Following on President Obama’s announcement last October at the White House Community College Summit, national leaders in education, business, labor,  philanthropy and civil rights will kick off the 8-month process that will lead to the selection of the nation’s first Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. 

These community colleges must demonstrate that students in their schools (1) gain knowledge and skills; (2) complete degree or certificate programs; and (3) obtain jobs with competitive wages. The Prize will celebrate colleges that deliver exceptional student results, particularly critical for economic growth and opportunity, given that six million students – nearly half of all in postsecondary education – attend community colleges. 

Working with Dr. Jill Biden and the project partner’s are:  The White House, Joyce Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Higher Education, Bank of America Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, US Department of Education, US Department of Labor.