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2019 Aspen Prize awarded to two Florida colleges
2019 Aspen Prize awarded to two Florida colleges
The annual prize once described as “the Oscars for great community colleges” was awarded on Tuesday to two Florida institutions: Indian River State College and Miami Dade College. Florida has a history of winning the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The first Aspen Prize was given to Valencia Community College, in Orlando, in 2011; the third went to Santa Fe College, in Gainesville. And this year Broward College, in Fort Lauderdale, was also a finalist. The winners will receive $350,000 each, and the finalists $100,000 each. See the announcement and read more from the Chronicle of Higher Education and Community College Daily.
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