The West Hills Community College District’s Coalinga and Lemoore campuses have been named eligible candidates for the prestigious 2025 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The Aspen, often referred to as the “Oscars for great community colleges,” is a highly-coveted award presented biannually to recognize community colleges nationwide for their exceptional performance in critical areas, including teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success, access, and equity for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.
Out of the thousands of community colleges nationwide, only 150 have been identified as eligible candidates for the 2025 Aspen Prize.West Hills College Coalinga and West Hills College Lemoore are the only community colleges in the Central Valley region to receive this prestigious acknowledgment.
“We are incredibly proud of West Hills College Coalinga and West Hills College Lemoore for their outstanding achievements and well-deserved recognition as eligible candidates for the 2025 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence,” said Kristin Clark, West Community College District Chancellor. “This achievement reflects our colleges’ dedication to providing exceptional education and support services to our students, empowering them to achieve their goals and aspirations.”
Chancellor Clark serves as chair of the CVHEC Board of Directors which includes WHC Coalinga President Carla Tweed and WHC Lemoore James Preston.
See the WHCCD press release.