Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) was recently selected to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Among 150 United States community colleges eligible, NWLTC was one of two colleges in Louisiana chosen to participate for a chance to win the Aspen prize and $1 million in prize funds by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The other college, South Central Louisiana Technical College (SCLTC) in Morgan City, LA, was also selected. Both schools are members of the Louisiana Community and Technical

“We are honored and proud that our efforts to serve the students and industries in northwest Louisiana are being recognized,” said Dianne Clark, NWLTC Interim Director. “This is simply confirmation that Louisiana’s community and technical colleges clearly understand the importance of supporting high skill, high wage, high demand technical training programs specifically designed to meet the needs of Louisiana’s workforce.”

The Aspen prize is a biennial award granted to a two-year community college that exemplifies excellence in four specific areas: learning, completion, labor market and equity.

The honor, awarded every two years, is noted for recognizing high achievement and performance among community colleges, according to an article published in the Community College Times. It focuses on exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and access and success for minority and low-income students.

The Aspen Institute partnered with the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Lumina Foundation to support the $1 million Aspen Prize.

The 10 community college finalists will be announced this fall.

“This is great news for Louisiana’s community and technical colleges,” said Dr. Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College System President. “It is an honor to have two of our technical colleges in the running for a chance to win such a prestigious award. This nomination demonstrates NWLTC and SCLTC are dedicated and committed to delivering the skilled workforce Louisiana needs now and in the future.”

To view the list of community colleges eligible or to find out more information about the Aspen Institute, click here.