The Kansas Department of Commerce announced that Colby Community College is the recipient of the 2021 Northwest Regional Award in the hospital/non-profit category. The distinction recognizes contributions to the community, the state economy, and the people of Kansas as part of the department's business appreciation program, "To the Stars: Celebrating Kansas Businesses."

In a letter to CCC President Dr. Seth Carter, Gov. Laura Kelly said the college "…has demonstrated the tenacity, determination, and creativity needed to persevere regardless of circumstance, particularly as our state continues to recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic."

CCC representatives accepted the award on behalf of the college during a luncheon on Wednesday at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland.

"This is a testament to the willingness of northwest Kansas and Colby Community College employees to serve the community and the greater region," Carter said. "We are honored and humbled to receive this recognition."

The KDC typically honors award winners in June during Business Appreciation Month. However, the pandemic pushed the 2021 ceremony into the current year. In April, the department is holding luncheons at six other locations throughout the state.