Stamas applauds ACC recognition as one of America’s best community colleges

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — The Aspen Institute recently announced that Alpena Community College (ACC) has been selected as one of 150 community colleges in the nation eligible for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, said Sen. Jim Stamas.

“This tremendous recognition illustrates the reasons we are all so proud of our area schools and colleges,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The Aspen Prize sets an extremely high bar for student success and for the use of innovation to achieve consistent improvement. This recognition speaks highly of the excellent leadership at ACC and the hard work and dedication of the staff and students.”

The $1 million Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

The prize recognizes institutions for outstanding outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

ACC was one of only five community colleges in Michigan to make the list. Ten finalists will be publicized this fall.