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In its first step to identify the nation’s best community colleges and award $1 million in prize money, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program ranked Somerset Community College as one of the nation’s 120 best community colleges, challenging it to compete for the prize funds (to be announced in December 2011) by insisting on high standards for learning, college completion without delay, and serving as a training ground for jobs that pay competitive wages. The full list of eligible institutions can be found at www.AspenCCPrize.org.
Somerset Community College and 119 other community colleges will be winnowed to eight-to-ten finalists in September based on how much students learn, how many complete their programs on time, and how well students do in the job market after graduating.
Speaking for the jury that will select winners and finalists, former Governor of Michigan John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers, emphasized the tremendous importance of community colleges in preparing the high-tech workforce American companies need.
Aspen will conduct site visits to each of the 10 finalists in the fall. And, based on the evidence, the Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and two to three runner-ups, to be announced in December.
The Aspen Prize is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
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Hunter Hills holding pet supply drive
Eleven-year-old Savannah Litton believed she had found of an abused and abandoned kitten, but didn’t know what to do about it.
Area teachers get national certification
Two teachers from the Tri-County are among 268 teachers statewide awarded National Board Certification in the class of 2012.
Student faces felony gun charges
A student who brought a gun onto Whitley County High School’s campus Jan. 3 will face felony gun charges in juvenile court, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.
Repairs to leaky roof at W’burg Independent to be complete soon
A leaky roof at Williamsburg Independent School received some discussion during the Williamsburg Independent Board of Education meeting Tuesday.
Student safety committee formed in Williamsburg
Getting on the same page — that’s the goal of a newly-formed committee concerning safety in the schools, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.
Corbin Independent Schools named District of Distinction
For one Tri County school district, the Kentucky School Report Card had high marks. For another district, the state classified them as “Proficient.” For the other districts, that same report card showed their school systems needing improvement.
CMS instructor in running for Ky. Teacher of the Year award
A Corbin Middle School teacher has joined some smart company, after being named as a semifinalist for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year award.
Tri-County college enrollment holds steady
College enrollment is holding steady in the Tri-County area, with some area colleges showing increases and others showing decreases in the number of students attending classes this year, according to local college officials.
11 schools getting healthier choices
Eleven elementary schools in the Tri-County will give their students a taste of fresh produce when classes start in August, thanks to a federal program aimed at giving schoolchildren healthy snack options.
St. Camillus presents a Day of Science
Do you know how to create your own light bulb? Why does a can of coke sink when a can of diet coke floats?
That and more was exactly what the students in grades Montessori through third were learning May 18 at the first-ever St. Camillus Academy Science Museum (SCASM).
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