Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) has been deemed eligible for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America's community colleges.
"Our entire college community is delighted with this news and takes tremendous pride in this recognition," NWLTC Interim Director Dr. Rick Bateman said. "This honor clearly demonstrates that we rank among the best community colleges in the nation. It also reaffirms that we are achieving our mission to train skilled technicians who are placed in high wage jobs."
Selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, NWLTC was one of three Louisiana colleges; the other two were South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette and SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles.
The Aspen Prize recognizes the most outstanding two-year institutions in the nation 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.
Colleges selected will now compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well their students learn, complete degrees and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating.
Colleges were evaluated through a comprehensive review of publicly available data that measured their performance in graduation rates, degrees and certificates awarded, student retention and student learning outcomes.