As some of you know, I teach photography and English at Lake Area Technical institute. Yesterday, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, our school was named “A Finalist With Distinction” in the first ever Aspen Institute “Prize For Community College Excellence.”

Though LATI didn’t win the grand prize (Valencia Community College of Orlando, Fl. did) we were tied with three other colleges for second place. That’s not bad for a small technical school in a small town in a sparsely populated state!

I know it’s crass to talk about money, but in addition to the nice glass trophy, our school also won $100,000. I wanted to pile stacks of cash around the trophy but decided instead to go with something simple and uncluttered.

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