13 December 2013

2014 Bellwether Award Finalists

Dec. 12, 2013

Community colleges selected as 2014 Bellwether Award Finalists
For immediate release

Gainesville, FL.— The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of  2013, and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. The field of Bellwether nominations was very competitive this year with over 400 Bellwether applications. Ten finalists were selected in each category: Instructional Programs and Services, co-sponsored by the National Council of Instructional Administrators; Planning, Governance and Finance, co-sponsored by the Council for Resource Development; and Workforce Development, co-sponsored by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training.  All finalists will present at the Assembly on January 27th, 2014 in Orlando, Florida, and one winner will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts within each category. The winners will be announced on Jan. 28th  at the CCFA annual meeting in Orlando.
The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) has the following programs as 2013 Bellwether Finalist programs:

Instructional Programs & Services (IPS):
Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.

Polk State College, FL
Growing the STEM: Implementing A Collegiate STEM Program

Salt Lake Community College, UT
Writing Our Futures: Salt Lake Teens Write Community Mentoring Program

Tarrant County College District, TX
Improving Success in Sciences Without Sacrificing Rigor

Bucks County Community College, PA
The ACTioN Project: "All my Patients" A collaborative integrated teaching/learning opportunity with NURSING and the ARTS

Tidewater Community College, VA
The “Z Degree”: Removing Textbook Costs as a Barrier to Student Success through an OER-based Curriculum

Ivy Tech Community College, IN
Educational Arts Partnership: Increasing school readiness in the community college ‘Class of 2025’

Roanoke-Chowan Community College, NC
BOSS Minority Male Mentoring Program

Community College of Baltimore County, MD
Who says pigs can't fly?

Valencia College, FL
Circles of Innovation: Circling Back to the Future

Southside Virginia Community College, VA
Campus Within Walls--Serving Incarcerated Men and Veterans


Planning, Governance & Finance (PGF):
Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the community college.


Chattanooga State Community College and Tennessee Higher Education Commission, TN
SAILS Tennessee: A Model of Community College and High School Collaboration

North Hennepin Community College, MN
A Data-Driven Approach to Strategic Enrollment Management at a Two-Year College

Wake Technical Community College, NC
Applied Benchmarking - Exploring and Implementing Best Practices

Elgin Community College, IL
Financial Education: Investing in Student Success

Lone Star College System, TX
Meeting Future Workforce Needs: A Comprehensive and Collaborative Process of Gathering Data and Industry Guidance to Make Workforce Program Development Decisions

Ulster County Community College, NY
Entrepreneurial Studies: A Degree, Certificate and Center

Quinsigamond Community College, MA
Transforming Opportunity Through Partnerships: Entrepreneurially Creating a New Campus

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, AL
Transforming Campus Culture through Student Housing at a Rural Community College

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC
Plant the SEED

AATYC Leadership Institute/UA Community College at Morrilton, AR
Preparing Arkansas Community Colleges for Impending Retirements




Workforce Development (WD):
Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.


Gateway Community and Technical College, KY
The Citi/GCTC Partnership: How Employees Become College Graduates

Central Piedmont Community College, NC
Healthy Futures Starting in the Kitchen

Quinsigamond Community College, MA
Transformation Agenda: Changing the Way We Deliver Workforce Training in Massachusetts

Northeast Iowa Community College, IA
Opportunity Dubuque: An Employer-driven Workforce Solution

Virginia Western Community College, VA
Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program: Successful Public Private Partnerships as Enhancing Education Access to the Future

Houston Community College, TX
Taking High School Students to the Jobs of Tomorrow

Maricopa County Community College District, AZ
Concurrent Enrollment Programs at Maricopa Nursing – Meeting Current and Future Nursing Needs Through Progression and Innovation

Madisonville Community College, KY
Overcoming Barriers to Employee Success: An Advanced Integrated Technology Curriculum That Works

Central Community College, NE
Molding Careers to Learn, Earn $, Live

Patrick Henry Community College, VA
HOPE: High-demand Occupational Programs for Employment


The Community College Futures Assembly, celebrating the 20th anniversary this year, convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions.  For more information, consult the Community College Futures Assembly website, http://futures.education.ufl.edu/ or email futures@coe.ufl.edu.  

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