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