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Lake Area Tech in Top 10 for community college excellence

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For the second year in a row, Lake Area Technical Institute is up for a $1 million prize for community college excellence.

Lake Area Tech is one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America's community colleges.

The Aspen Prize recognizes the most outstanding institutions for achievements in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree and college completion, labor market success in students securing jobs after college, and minority and low-income student success. Lake Area Tech was selected from more than 1,000 community colleges for the Prize.

According to a news release from the Aspen Institute, LATI has a graduation and transfer rate of nearly 76 percent, which is one of the highest rates of any community college in the U.S. The institute also says 98 percent of LATI graduates secure jobs or pursue further education within one year of graduation.

The Aspen Institute will conduct site visits to each of the ten finalist institutions this fall and will also gather additional data on graduates' labor market outcomes from states. A grand prize winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction will be announced in March 2013.

In 2011, Valencia College in Orlando shared the $1 million Prize fund with four finalists.

Here's a list of this year's finalists:

  • Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, TX
  • Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • College of the Ouachitas, Malvern, AR
  • Kingsborough Community College - CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lake Area Technical Institute- Watertown, SD*
  • Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA*
  • Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Cumberland, KY
  • Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA*
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY*

* marks the college has received the distinction for a second consecutive year.

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