Broward College among top 10 community colleges in U.S.

Broward College is among the 10 best community colleges in the nation, representatives for the Aspen Institute said Tuesday.

The Aspen Institute is an educational studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, the institute has awarded an annual prize for Community College Excellence to a community college that provides students with the highest level of skills and best outcomes for jobs.

This year, Florida was the only state to contribute two colleges to the top 10 finalists — Broward College and Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

In 2011, Valencia College, in Orlando, was the first recipient of the Aspen Prize.

Each year, the Aspen Institute selects 120 two-year colleges from a pool of about 1,000 eligible institutions. From the 120, the institute selects 10 finalists that offer the best outcomes in four areas: degree completion or transfer to four-year colleges, success in job market, student learning and equity of opportunity and success for underserved students.

Broward College and Santa Fe College were named in the second round of the competition to receive part of the $1 million award.

Of the 120 schools in the second-round pool, Florida contributed 14 two-year institutions — the most of any state.

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