MTI Finalist For $1 Million Prize


Mitchell Technical Institute is in the running to win $1 million.

Mitchell Technical Institute is one of the top 10 finalists to be considered for the Aspen Prize. This is the first time the school has qualified and it took a lot of credentials to get here.

“The data sets that they’re particularly interested in revolve around student learning, certificate and degree completion, retention while students are in school, employment and earnings that students can find after they graduate, and access and success of both minority and low income students,” Associate to the President Julie Brookbank said.

The Aspen Award is given to tech schools with advanced programs and hands on teaching in classrooms just like this one.”

But data sets and advanced programs aren’t the only things attracting students to this two year institute.

“After visiting here I had found out that the teachers really know what they’re talking about because they’ve done it before in their lives before teaching, and I just thought that was a good thing to have,” MTI student Aislynn Bortnem said.

With or without the prize money MTI considers themselves winners already.

“The prize for us is not about the money, it really is about receiving recognition for two year schools nationally that are doing such good work. Students who are coming out of two year education have so many opportunities,” said Julie Brookbank.

The winner of the Aspen award will be announced in Washington D.C. in April.

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