RENTON, Wash. — Renton Technical College (RTC) today was recertified as an Achieving the Dream Leader College – a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. Only 16 colleges in the nation received this honor. Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.
Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges have shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole.
“Renton Technical College is honored to be among the Achieving the Dream’s Leader Colleges,” said Steve Hanson, RTC’s President. “Our recertification as a Leader College recognizes the ongoing commitment of our Board, faculty and staff, and instructional programs and support services that are focused on student success. We look forward to our continued work as an active partner in the Achieving the Dream network.”
“The work of improving student success is critically important to our education and economy,” said Carol Lincoln, Achieving the Dream Senior Vice President. Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation for three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo a recertification process to maintain leader college status. Renton Technical College received its initial certification in 2011.
Earlier this month, RTC was also identified as one of the top 10 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute. RTC has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1978. Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.
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