Congratulations to the 2021 Aspen Award Winners!

Published on May 20, 2021

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Remie Verougstraete

Congratulations to the 2021 Aspen Award Winners!

This week, the Aspen Institute announced the winners of the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence—what President Obama once referred to as, “basically the Oscars for great community colleges.”

This year, there were five winners across three categories, each with a substantial cash prize to support and expand their innovative work. Emsi offers a hearty congratulations to the winner, finalists with distinction, and this year’s rising star for their outstanding contributions to student success!


Finalist with Distinction

Rising Star


Emsi is honored to have worked with all five winners in recent years through a combination of providing labor market analytics, career exploration tools, and reports to quantify the institution’s economic impact on their community. With the top prize this year going to San Antonio College of the Alamo Colleges District, six of the past eight Aspen prize winners have been Emsi clients! We’re proud to support these institutions as they make data-driven decisions that foster student success.

Learn more about the Aspen Prize winners, or read our 2017 case study with Aspen Finalist Broward College. If you’d like to discuss how Emsi data can support your institution, let us know!