VERSAILLES -- West Kentucky Community and Technical College is again ranked among the top 150 in the country by the Aspen Institute, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) announced last week.

The Paducah school is one of three KCTCS members in the top 150, along with Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green.

"We are deeply honored to once again receive this national recognition," said WKCTC President Anton Reece. "It certainly speaks to our commitment to success for all students and the unending dedication of our faculty, staff and our students themselves in completing that mission."

The three colleges are now eligible to move into Phase 2 of the $1 million 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The second phase narrows the field from 150 to the top 10, which will be named in May 2020.

WKCTC has earned a place on the 10 finalists' list every year the prize has been awarded (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017).

The 150 community colleges named last Wednesday were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes.