Santa Barbara City College Wins 2013 Aspen Prize!

Posted on Apr 14 by SEASONS Magazine

Congratulations SBCC! Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) was recently awarded the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

SBCC was chosen from over 1,000 schools by a jury of 12 leaders in education, business, civil rights and public services. This is a huge honor! The award is the nation’s highest recognition of performance in America’s community colleges. Prominent leaders such as Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States; John Engler, president of Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan; Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor; and Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, all gathered in Washington D.C. to celebrate the program.

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The Aspen program aims to improve community colleges’ understanding of how to graduate students, especially the population of low-income and minority students. The hope is that once students graduate, they can secure a good job or transfer to a four year college. SBCC has an excellent reputation for transferring students, especially to its neighbor, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

SBCC is the co-winner of the prize, along with Walla Walla Community College, and will receive a $400,000 prize to further better its already outstanding programs!

For more information on the Aspen Prize and program, please visit its website.

-Alexis O. Kafkis

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