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SHEBOYGAN — Lakeshore Technical College has been named as one of the 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The Aspen Institute's award recognizes the highest achievement and performance among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide with high and improving levels of student success as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds.

The 150 eligible colleges have been invited to submit data and narratives as the next steps in an intensive data and practice review process. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2023. Areas reviewed include teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor's attainment, workforce success and equity for students of color and low-income backgrounds.

“In an era of persistent inequity and workforce talent gaps, our nation’s best community colleges are stepping up to deliver more degrees to increasingly diverse students so they are prepared for the good jobs waiting to be filled,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Leaders of exceptional community colleges understand that achieving excellence requires expanding college access and increasing degree completion, but it doesn’t stop there. They are committed to ensuring that all students—including students of color and those from low-income backgrounds—graduate with the skills needed to secure a job with family-sustaining wages or successfully transfer to and graduate from a university. That same commitment that stands at the center of the Aspen Prize: to advance the goals of social mobility and equitable talent development.”

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