WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Walla Walla Community College was named Top Community College by the Aspen Institute on Tuesday. WWCC tied with Santa Barbara City College for the title.
Students and staff filled the Student Activity Center, on-campus, to watch the live webcast of the ceremony from Washington, D.C. One hundred twenty schools were selected as finalist. The winner was chosen based on completion rates, ethnic and socioeconomic inclusion and over student success.
"It's a recognition of those that have gone on before us...a recognition of what we're doing now," said Doug Bayne, Director of Resource Development. "It's a recognition of our academic program, our work force program and a really wonderful for our students and the accomplishment they have when they finish their course," he continued.
WWCC will split a $1 million prize for winning. This is the second straight year WWCC has been named a top college finalist by Aspen.