West Kentucky Community & Technical College has been named one of 12 institutions in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.
The college was inducted into DREAM 2014 and will now begin the identifying and implementing strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence and completion rates. WKCTC and Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, named in 2011, are the only two colleges in Kentucky in the network, according to a news release from the college.
"We have shown our commitment to our students in national recognition from the Aspen Institute three consecutive years," WKCTC president Barbara Veazey said. "Our acceptance in the Achieving the Dream initiative signifies our continued commitment to creating a culture of completion and student success."
The release states the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, which includes more than 200 institutions in 34 states and the District of Columbia, helps about four million community college students achieve their dreams. The initiative, which began in 2004 with funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education, focuses on broad institutional change informed by student achievement data. The program is based on four principles that help students, specifically low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.
"West Kentucky Community and Technical College represents a diverse group of students whose success means much more than just a personal goal secured," Achieving the Dream president and CEO William Trueheart said. "It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole."