Imperial Valley College ties for first, splits $1M 2023 Aspen Prize award with Amarillo

Each college was awarded $500,000, half of the million dollar prize purse.

According to the release, since its creation in 2010, the Aspen Prize has been the nation’s signature recognition of community colleges that are achieving high, improving, and equitable outcomes for students.

Amarillo and Imperial Valley are among the nation’s fastest-improving community colleges, achieving 8 and 12 percentage point improvements, respectively, in graduation rates over just four years, far exceeding improvements nationally.

Amarillo graduates earn wages $11,000 higher than earned by other new hires in their region.

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