Flint Hills Technical College named one of top 150 community colleges nationwide

Flint Hills Technical College has another accolade to add to their growing list -- this time from a Washington, D.C. think-tank.

The Aspen Institute has named FHTC as one of the nation's top 150 community colleges in their College Excellence Program. Over 1,000 colleges submitted information.

It's the third straight time the college has been nominated, and Vice President for Student Services Lisa Kirmer says the honor confirms the college's approach in training students.

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This nomination makes the college eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, and $1 million in prize funds.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the national recognition of high achievement and performance among the country's community colleges.

The announcement follows Bankrate.com calling the college the fourth-best technical or community college in the United States and Create a Career listing the college 10th nationally in student training.

Board meeting: Scholarships, solar panels discussed

The Aspen Foundation honor came shortly before the college board of trustees' monthly meeting. During the meeting, board members received the final update on the 50-50-50 scholarship campaign. Over 70 scholarships were created, adding another $40,000 to the college's scholarship pool before a $50,000 donation from an anonymous company.

Board members also got the latest on the college's push to build solar panels at the Jones Education Center through a partnership with Westar Energy. The board received three bids initially, but those didn't meet specifications. Two of the three original competitors resubmitted bids, and Westar is looking over those to make sure they can move along in the process.

On Tuesday at 8:15 am, 14 KVOE debuts "Flint Hills Tech Talk" with President Dr. Dean Hollenbeck.

KVOE News reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.

Last semester, Bankrate called the tech college the fourth best nationally among technical and community colleges and Create a Career listing the college 10th in the country for its training efforts. - See more at: http://www.kvoe.com/news/1540-second-semester-set-to-begin-monday-for-fhtc#sthash.KHWXqFHp.dpuf

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