College Named Eligible for Aspen Prize

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
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Truckee Meadows Community College has been named one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

The College was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year institutions nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize. TMCC is the only college from the state of Nevada selected on this year’s list of eligible institutions.

"TMCC is being recognized by the Aspen Institute for its solid gains in instructional quality and student success," said TMCC President Karin Hilgersom, PhD. "I'm pleased to see all these efforts and accomplishments be in the national spotlight. TMCC is taking its place among the top community colleges for its excellence."

Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

TMCC will move forward to the next round of the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by submitting an application to be reviewed in a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top 10 Aspen Prize finalists list. Top 10 finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished prize jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist or finalists with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.

For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions, visit the Aspen Institute.

For more information about TMCC, please contact the Marketing and Communications Office at 775-673-7087.