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October 11, 2017


Alisha Rosas
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
(909) 652-6115

For Immediate Release

Chaffey College Named One of 150 Top US Community Colleges
Eligible to Compete for $1 Million Dollar Aspen Prize

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

[Rancho Cucamonga]- California’s Chaffey 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.

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

“Being named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation is a tremendous honor – one that reflects the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and staff,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Henry Shannon.  “It shows us once again how Chaffey College is a world-class institution.”

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.

Chaffey 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.




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