DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-ODESSA COLLEGE NAMED AMONG 10 FINALISTS FOR 2019 ASPEN PRIZE

ODESSA, TEXAS/MAY 17, 2018 – ODESSA COLLEGE WAS NAMED AS ONE OF 10 FINALISTS FOR THE 2019 ASPEN PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXCELLENCE. THIS IS A NATIONAL RECOGNITION IS FOR HIGH ACHIEVEMENT AND PERMORMANCE IN AMERICA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES.

(VALERIE JONES, VINCE PRESIDENT FOR INSTRUCTION AT ODESSA COLLEGE)

“THE ASPEN INSTITUTE HAS PUT TOGETHER A COMPREHENSIVE AND DATA DRIVEN COMPETITION, IN WHICH THEY EVALUATE AND ASSESS THE RESULTS THAT COMMUNITY COLLEGES HAVE IN STUDENT SUCCESS.”

1,000 COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE SELECTED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES FOCUSED ON STUDENT ACCESS AND STUDENT SUCCESS. THE ASPEN PRIZE RECOGNIZES INSTITUTIONS THAT ACHIEVE HIGH AND IMPROVING STUDENT OUTCOMES.

(VALERIE JONES, VINCE PRESIDENT FOR INSTRUCTION AT ODESSA COLLEGE)

“ONLY TEN ARE CHOSEN EVERY TWO YEARS TO BE REGONIZED IN THE TOP TEN OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE REGOGNITION AND THEN THOSE TEN COLLEGES THEN HAVE AN ADDITONAL SITE VISIT, AN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT IS REQUESTED AND THOUGH THAT PROCESS, EVERY TWO YEARS THE ASPEN INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES ONE COLLEGE AS THE TOP COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THE NATION. TWO YEARS AGO, WE EARNED THE RISING STAR, AS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF THE TOP TEN FROM THE ASPEN INSTITUTE.”

FOR TWELEVE YEARS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. GREGORY WILLIAMS, HE HAS INSPIRED INNONOVATION FOR ODESSA COLLEGE WITH PROGRAMS TO HELP WITH STUDENTS SUCCESS INCLUDING: DRIVE TO SUCCESS INITIATIVE-FORD MUSTANG GIVE-AWAY, FIRST CLASS FREE INITIATIVE, AND THE FIRST SIX SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS FREE FOR DUAL CREDIT STUDENTS.

(VALERIE JONES, VINCE PRESIDENT FOR INSTRUCTION AT ODESSA COLLEGE)

IT’S REALLY BEEN A TREMENDOUS AND CONSISTANT DEDICATION TO HARD WORK AND PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT ARE STUDENTS NEEDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. AND SO, IT’S A WILLINGNESS TO OVERTURN EVERY SINGLE ROCK, THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE LOOK AT IN OURSELVES AS AN INSTITUTION THAT WE SAY, ‘YES, WELL, THAT’S HOW WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT. THAT’S THEREFORE UNTOUCHABLE, THAT CAN’T BE CHANGED’. THAT’S NOT BEEN IN OUR LEXICON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.”

THE GOAL OF ODESSA COLLEGE IS TO BE BETTER AT PROVIDING A MEANINGFUL PATH TO STUDENT SUCCESS.

(VALERIE JONES, VINCE PRESIDENT FOR INSTRUCTION AT ODESSA COLLEGE)

“AND SO, THERE’S BEEN A COMPREHENSIVE AND COLLEGE WIDE EFFORT. IT’S EARLY ON INCLUDED THE DROP OUT RATE PROGRAM THAT HELPS TRAIN AND EDUCATE FACULTY ON HOW TO CONNECT WITH STUDENTS, HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THEM ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AND HOW TO REALLY SET THEM UP THEM UP FOR SUCCESS. IT’S BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC OF STUDENTS, BUT ITS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL WITH THE MOST ‘AT-RISK’ DEMOGRAPHIC OF STUDENTS.”

 

THIS NATIONAL RECOGNITION HAS A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. IT ALSO REPRESTS EMPLOYMENT OF AN ODESSA COLLEGE GRADUATE, WITH THE POTENTIAL EARNINGS OF $100 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR, AND ALOS BOOST THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

(VALERIE JONES, VINCE PRESIDENT FOR INSTRUCTION AT ODESSA COLLEGE)

“FOR ODESSA COMMUNITY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR BACKGROUND, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR FAMILY STORY, OR YOUR FINANCES, THERE’S AN AVENUE TO HIGHER EDUCATION THAT IS LIFE TRANSFORMING AND FAMILY TRANSFORMING.”

THE 1 MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED IN AN EVENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IN APRIL 2019.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

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Author: Danny Barrera