STOCKTON, CA – The philanthropic Aspen Institute has ranked San Joaquin Delta College as one of the nation’s 120 best community colleges, challenging it to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
San Joaquin Delta College, Coastline Community College and Santa Barbara Community College will be one of the three California Community Colleges eligible to participate in Round 2 of the competition.
“Our community knows the value of Delta College and its importance to our students,” says Acting Superintendent/President, Dr. Kathleen Hart. “It’s wonderful to get this kind of national recognition.”
Backed by the leading educational foundations in the U.S., the Aspen Prize recognizes community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes in both performance and improvements.
The college has valuable experience competing for the Aspen Prize. “We are pleased to be in the running again,” says Dr. Matt Wetstein, Interim Vice President of Instruction. “Our work on last year’s Aspen Prize application and knowledge of the best practices exhibited by the top community colleges gives us a body of knowledge to try some innovative programs.”
Josh Wyner, director of the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program, stresses the vital role community colleges play in training America’s workforce. “Some seven million students enroll in nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges each year. At a time when a college degree is essential to enter the middle class, community colleges like San Joaquin Delta College offer the most promising path to education and employment for millions of Americans.
The $1 million grand prize winner and four runners-up with distinction will be selected in March 2013.