Moraine Valley named finalist for national community college awards

Moraine Valley was selected as a finalist by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for its 2014 Awards of Excellence. It is the only school selected in two categories—Student Success and Advancing Diversity.
“We are delighted to be recognized by the association for our efforts to enrich and enhance our programs for the 26 communities we serve,” said Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, college president. “We feel very honored to be among so many highly rated community colleges. I commend our faculty and staff for making this recognition possible.”
Twenty-four community colleges were named finalists in the program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges. The awards program is tied to the key recommendations of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, a national, blue-ribbon group of education experts. The Awards of Excellence finalists have put those recommendations into action and have made differences in the lives of the students on campus and the members of their community, according to the association. “These finalists are taking risks and forging the path to reimagining our institutions,” said Walter G. Bumphus, association president and CEO. “Through the Awards of Excellence, we’re able to hold up their bold innovations as models that will benefit all community colleges.”
Awards will be given in six categories: Emerging Leadership, Student Success, Faculty Innovation, Exemplary CEO/Board, Advancing Diversity and Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership. The winner in each category will be announced April 7 during the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner at the 2014 AACC Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.
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For news inquiries, call Mark Horstmeyer, director of College and Community Relations at (708) 974-5275, or email him at horstmeyer@morainevalley.edu.

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