Last night Walla Walla Community College was honored with the Catalyst Award at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Showcase. WWCC was recognized as a “game changer” for Valley residents and the area’s economy. President Steve VanAusdle accepted the award on behalf of the college at a ceremony held at Baker Boyer Bank. Steve shared with the audience that the award would not be possible without all the dedicated faculty and staff who focus daily on student success.
The college will be profiled in the Sunday Union Bulletin insert. The insert will highlight the colleges efforts:
“By adding new programs and trimming others based on which programs will provide the best employment and wage opportunities, the college helps students obtain degrees in areas ranging from nursing to winemaking and wind energy.
Through basic skills, academic and workforce training tied to regional industry needs, the college increased enrollment from 2009 to 2012 by 13% while over the same period its state funding fell by 21%.
In 2013, the college received the national Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute noted in its study that “WWCC’s greatest strength is developing students for jobs and helping drive growth in the regional job market.””
Nominees for the Catalyst award included: Port of Walla Walla, The Center at the Park senior citizens facility in Walla Walla, and The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.