HERKIMER - Herkimer County Community College is one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Herkimer College was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide.

Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Herkimer College can move forward to the next round of the competition by submitting an application to be reviewed through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top ten Aspen Prize finalists list. Top ten finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data.

A prize jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.