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SFSC garners third nod for Aspen Prize

AVON PARK-South Florida State College is one of 150 community colleges out of 1,200 eligible for the 2015 Aspen Prize for community college excellence.

This is the third time SFSC has been part of "such an honored group of colleges," states a news release.

"Being deemed eligible for the Aspen Prize is an endorsement of the quality and nature of our institution and its focus on student success," Thomas Leitzel, SFSC president, said. "Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping each student at SFSC become academically successful."

Joe Wright, chairman of the SFSC district board of trustees, added: "Our college truly stands shoulder to shoulder with the finest institutions across the United States in offering the residents of its service district an education that can take them as far as they choose to go."

To highlight the importance of improving student success across the country, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program is challenging these 150 colleges to vie for funds from the $1 million 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

SFSC joins 14 other Florida College System institutions. They are Broward College, Chipola College, Eastern Florida State College, Edison State College, Indian River Sate College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Santa Fe College, South Florida State College, Tallahassee Community College, Valencia College, and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

Valencia College in Orlando was awarded the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in December 2011. Broward College in Fort Lauderdale and Santa Fe College in Gainesville were 2013 Aspen Prize finalists. Ten finalists will be named in fall 2014, and the winner will be announced in early 2015.