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Congratulations to the finalists for the 2025 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence!

June 11, 2024  • College Excellence Program

The Aspen Institute has just named the 10 finalists for the 2025 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million award is the nation’s signature recognition of strong performance among community colleges. The institutions selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success, as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds. 

More about the Prize

Awarded every two years, the Aspen Prize honors colleges with outstanding performance in six critical areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success, broad access to the college and its offerings, and equitable outcomes for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2025. 

Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, noted the Aspen Prize finalists not only deserve national recognition, but they also need to be studied and their successes replicated.

“Working-class Americans are experiencing an economy that seems to be stacked against them, while employers are struggling to find well-prepared workers in fields such as teaching, nursing, software development, welding, and advanced manufacturing,” Wyner said. “The 10 Aspen Prize finalists demonstrate how community colleges serving urban and rural communities throughout the country can prepare many more graduates for fulfilling lives and careers in their communities. They show that excellence can be reached in any and every context.”

The finalists are: 

  • Georgia Highlands College, GA
  • Moorpark College, CA
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, WI
  • Northwest Vista College, TX
  • San Jacinto College, TX
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • South Puget Sound Community College, WA
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, WI
  • UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ
  • Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, AL

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