Prize for Community College Excellence Recognizes Outstanding Achievements That Result in Community College Student Success

Oct 12, 2017

Hazard Community and Technical College was named today 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.


Hazard Community and Technical College was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize.


“This makes the fifth time that HCTC has been named as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation,” noted HCTC President Dr. Jennifer Lindon. “We have incredibly dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators who strive for excellence every day. We care deeply about our students and we are committed to their success. I’m glad to see HCTC recognized for their contributions,” Dr. Lindon said.


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.


Hazard Community and Technical College 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 through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top ten Aspen Prize finalists list. Top ten 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(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.