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2019 Aspen Institute Top 10 Finalist

Aspen Prize Top 10San Jacinto College is once again an Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence Top 10 Finalist. On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the Aspen Institute named San Jacinto College as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation. The College is now eligible for the top Aspen Prize, which will be awarded in March 2019.

“We are honored to again be recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the country. Our faculty, staff and administrators work tirelessly each day to help our students achieve their goals, and I thank the Aspen Institute on behalf of our entire institution for this recognition.” ~Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor

The Aspen Award for Community College Excellence is presented every two years and is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. From the more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide, San Jacinto College has twice been selected as a top 10 finalist and in 2017 was a Rising Star Award recipient as one of the top five community colleges in the nation. The recognition and Aspen Award is based on student academic achievement, degree and college completion, job placement, and minority and low-income student accomplishment.

“Since winning the Rising Star award in 2017, San Jacinto College has kept getting better. Through distinctive efforts to coach faculty on improving learning practices, develop clearing degree pathways and maintain excellent connections to employers that offer good jobs, San Jacinto College is rapidly improving the success rates of its very diverse student body.” ~Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.


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