HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Pearl River Community College has been selected from a national pool of two year schools to compete for a one million dollar prize.
The prize, which is from the Aspen Institute based in Washington DC, will be awarded this December. PRCC was selected for this competition based on their student's achievements in comparison to the country's 12-hundred other junior and community colleges.
Currently, Pearl River Community College is among 120 schools eligible for the one million dollar grand prize. College officials will now submit an application package to the Aspen Institute detailing PRCC's policies and practices that impact student success. Scott Alsobrooks is the college's Workforce Education Director.
According to Alsobrooks, "A million dollars would be a windfall. That would be some funds we could invest in continuing to improve our student learning outcomes and creating more opportunities for our students. It would be an awesome, awesome accolade to win that."
PRCC is joined by four other Mississippi community colleges that will compete for the million dollar prize. The Aspen Institute works to promote values based leadership skills.