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Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award
The Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award is a partnership between the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation designed to highlight the value that community colleges can provide individuals, communities, and businesses across the United States through excellent programs that prepare students for middle-skill jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Take a look at our eight program winners that are leading the way in preparing and educating students seeking careers in STEM.
  • Assess
    Rigorously analyze student success data as well as the practices of colleges that achieve strong and improving levels of student success.
    Elevate
    Recognize and broadly disseminate what high-achieving and improving institutions do.
    Create
    Develop new knowledge, tools, and processes to support improved student outcomes.
    Support
    Assist leaders and colleges in using the tools and processes we develop with our strategic partners.
  • Explore the breadth of work we do to support improved student outcomes.
    Through research, the development of tools and other materials, and highly visible programs like the Aspen Prize, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, and Siemens Technical Scholars, Aspen’s College Excellence Program works to help improve college student success.
  • Download research as well as practice guides and tools generated through our work.
    Our publications offer concrete examples, strategies, and tools aimed at helping colleges and their leaders improve student success in four areas: learning, completion, post-graduation employment, and equitable outcomes for underrepresented students.
“[The Aspen Presidential Fellowship] is a highly selective yearlong program to prepare people aspiring to or recently appointed to a community college presidency.”
— Inside Higher Ed, April 2016
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