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Walla Walla Community College is a co-winner of the Aspen Institute Prize for Excellence. The school was chosen because of its success attracting, retaining and graduating students into jobs and four-year universities.  The Times opinion page commended Walla Walla here and here for a nimble alignment of  course offerings and workforce training programs that reflect regional industry needs, for example in viticulture.

Walla Walla’s ascension from finalist to winner was announced Tuesday at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.  The top prize carries a cash award of $400,000. Congrats to Walla Walla! A list of the 2013 Aspen finalists is here.