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HutchCC Selected as Aspen Prize Finalist Nov 7, 2019

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Hutchinson Community College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Based on strong and improving in student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.

“It’s truly an honor to once again be recognized as one of the top institutions in the country”, said Dr. Carter File, President of Hutchinson Community College. “It’s a testament to the outstanding faculty and staff and their dedication to creating an environment that allows our students the opportunity to achieve at the highest level.”

The 150 community colleges named as eligible to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes.

Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.

The top ten finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.

For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions and to read more on the selection process, visit www.highered.aspeninstitute.org/aspen-prize.

Dillon Lecture Series to Host Celebrated STEM Educator Oct 23, 2019

The 2019 Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College will conclude its 2019 series with celebrated STEM educator Fredi Lajvardi . Lajvardi will speak on Tuesday, November 5 at 10:30 am at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

Lajvardi captivated the country when he led his team of disadvantaged teenagers in a university-level underwater robotics competition, where they defeated leading schools, including top-ranked MIT. Their story inspired the acclaimed documentary Underwater Dreams and was also adapted into the major motion picture, Spare Parts, starring actor and comedian, George Lopez as Fredi. His award-winning Falcon Robotics team is also featured in the 2017 film Dream Big.

Honored with numerous awards for his spirited passion for teaching, Fredi continues to serve as a prominent advocate about the importance of STEM education nationwide.

With humor and compassion, Fredi brings audiences on his inspiring journey, illustrating the need to embrace diversity and invest in people to help others realize their potential. His incredible real-life tale equips you with the real life encouragement to maximize your own potential and to work together to solve complex problems.

Tickets to the lecture are currently on sale online and at the HutchCC Campus Store in the Parker Student Union.

Lajvardi will appear at a press conference for members of the media prior to the lecture.  The press conference is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Interview Room of the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

2019 is the 38th season for the Dillon Lecture Series on the HutchCC Campus.  For more information on the Dillon Lecture Series, or to become a patron, call Robin Woodworth at 620-665-3505 or visit the college website.

Hutchinson Community College to Host Open House Oct 15, 2019

Hutchinson Community College is planning a Community Open House to be held Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Events include hands-on activities from many of the College’s academic departments along with food, games, giveaways and special activities including the homecoming football game that kicks off at 12 noon. While they last, free tickets will be available to the football game for Open House attendees.

“We’re proud to be a part of the community”, stated HutchCC President Dr. Carter File. “The open house allows us to saying ‘thank you’ for the tremendous support we receive while also showcasing many of the opportunities we have to offer.”

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Board Receives Updates on HLC, Student Dining Project Oct 14, 2019

The Board of Trustees of Hutchinson Community College opened its October meeting by welcoming the members of the College’s soccer team. The Blue Dragons currently have a 10-2 record and will be hosting Dodge City Saturday at 6 pm.
During the meeting, the Board also received updates on the College’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation initiatives and the Student Dining Facility Expansion Project.

In other business, the Board approved payment of the College bills along with bids for repairs to the track at Gowans Stadium and for the purchase of equipment related to its partnership with Fort Hays State University related to utilizing Unmanned Aerial Systems for crop management.

The next meeting of the board will be on Thursday, November 14.  The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Shears Technology Center Justice Theater.  The public is invited to attend.

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