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The Aspen Institute has awarded both Walla Walla Community College and Santa Barbara City College with the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. We are supportive of the work that Aspen does and would like to congratulate these schools for their fantastic accomplishments.
If you are not familiar with the award, here is an excerpt that describes the program:
The College Excellence Program aims to identify and replicate campus-wide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses.
In particular, we would like to recognize the seven colleges that EMSI works with directly via Analyst, Career Coach, or the Economic Impact Study (click on the name of each college to read more):
- Broward College
- Santa Fe College
- Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
- West Kentucky Community and Technical College
- Brazosport College
- Kingsborough Community College
- Walla Walla Community College
At WWCC, we have been partnering with EMSI since the company was founded in 2000, beginning with the first economic impact study of a community college they ever conducted, to today when we rely fully on EMSI’s labor market data in Analyst and Career Coach to align our programs with real labor market needs in the regional economy we serve.” — Steven VanAusdle, WWCC President
We have had a particularly long and fruitful relationship with our friends at Walla Walla Community College. WWCC was one of the first colleges that EMSI ever worked with, back in 2000, and we continue to collaborate today.
WWCC president Steven VanAusdle (pictured) described his college’s success and relationship with EMSI this way: “Winning the Aspen Award is attributable to several factors: a great team, a pro-active Board, and being data-driven in all facets of our strategic decision-making on program offerings and the role played in economic and workforce development. At WWCC, we have been partnering with EMSI since the company was founded in 2000, beginning with the first economic impact study of a community college they ever conducted, to today when we rely fully on EMSI’s labor market data in Analyst and Career Coach to align our programs with real labor market needs in the regional economy we serve.”
For a deeper description on how EMSI helps community colleges, click here for a collection of success stories.
- For further reading about the Aspen award, check out this article from the White House Blog and this post from Aspen’s Josh Wyner.
- If you would like to learn more about what it takes to win the award, here is a good resource page. EMSI blogged one of these a while back.
- Here is the video of the event on Aspen’s YouTube site.
And watch the video interview with Josh Wyner, the director of the Aspen program.