On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Snead State Community College as on of the 150 community colleges eligible to compete for a $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

This is based on strong and improving student outcomes through learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings.

Only 15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply.

“We are thrilled to be selected for this opportunity,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley.

“We are honored to be the only community college in Alabama chosen to compete for the 2020 Aspen Prize. This allows us to be a part of a select group of excellent schools, and it emphasizes the commitment we make each day to provide quality education and training for our students.”

The top 10 finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. After chosen, the Aspen Institute will conduct visits with each of the finalists and collect additional date.

The final decision will be made in spring 2021.

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