Community colleges are leaders in creating opportunity for students of all ages and backgrounds and in supporting local economic development initiatives. In 2010, the MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award celebrates the community college mission in service to students, to communities and regions, and through innovation.
"The three colleges recognized as award winners are great examples of what many colleges do and do well," says MetLife Foundation President and CEO A. Dennis White. "Through a demanding competition for the award, with a record level of participation, they have demonstrated excellence and creativity. Chaffey College, Clover Park Technical College, and Lewis and Clark Community College show an extraordinary record of service and clear promise for the future worthy of national recognition and emulation. We believe all community colleges can recognize something of themselves in the award winners and finalists, and that they will gain encouragement and new perspectives from these examples."