Vol State selected as 2013 Bellwether Award Finalist

Submitted on January 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Community colleges selected as 2013 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 2012, and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. The field of Bellwether nominations was very competitive this year with nearly 250 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 28th, 2013 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. 30th 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.

El Paso Community College

Math Emporium Redesign: Using the Force of High-Technology for the Good of High-Touch Teaching and Learning

Elgin Community College

One School Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much

SC Technical College System

SCTCS's Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference: Planning and Hosting a National-Caliber Technology Conference

Monroe Community College

The Civility Project; Enough is Enough - An Anti-Violence Campaign at Monroe Community College (MCC)

NHTI, Concord's Community College

Communicating Mindfully: Helping Others Help Themselves

Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York

The Freshman Academy Assessment Protocol

South Texas College

Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy

Tarrant County College, South Campus

Innovations in Bioscience Courses to Improve Student Success Without Sacrificing Rigor

Virginia's Community Colleges

Mobilizing Virginia's 23 Community Colleges for Student Success Through Statewide Redesign of Developmental

Volunteer State Community College

Creating A STEM Pipeline: A Community & College Event

Planning, Governance & Finance (PGF):

Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the community college.


Carl Sandburg College

Leveraging the Cloud for Student Success and Institutional Effectiveness

Columbia State Community College

Mission Review - A Model for Aligning Mission, Funding, and Budget

Gulf Coast State College

Leading Transformative Partnerships at the Confluence of Community Engagement, Economic Development and Advanced Technology

Highline Community College

Community College Alumni: Becoming Forces For Good

Scottsdale Community College

Leadership Through Organizational Performance

Piedmont Technical College

Lean in Higher Education: How it continues to Change Our Culture

Quinsigamond Community College

Transforming Opportunity Through Partnerships: Entrepreneurially Creating a New Campus.

State Fair Community College

Action Analytics as Forces for Progress: Strategic Planning, Governance and Sound Fiscal Management

The Community College of Baltimore County

Strategic Alliances to Transcend Barriers and Manage Resources: The Freshman Transition Program

West Kentucky Community & Technical College

Top Strategies for Cultural Transformation from a Top 5 College



Workforce Development (WD):

Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.


Alamo Colleges

Alamo Colleges - Dual Credit Career Academies - An Industry-Driven Workforce and Economic Development

Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges

Quantifying Workforce Development Outcomes

Central Community College-Columbus

Project SHINE: Cultivating Innovators and Big Thinkers

Chattanooga State Community College

The Wacker Institute: Diplomas with Job Offers!

Edmonds Community College

Leveraging Partnerships for Student Success

Polk State College

Breaking down the Silos - Shared Content between Corporate Training and Academics

Gateway Technical College

Building a National Skills Training and Certification Center Network

North Carolina Community College System

Greening the Workforce in North Carolina: NCCCS Code Green Super Curriculum Improvement Project

Sinclair Community College

Dayton Urban STEM Teacher Academy

Calhoun Community College

Dual Enrollment EMT Program: A Solution to the Healthcare Needs of the Graying American Population


The Community College Futures Assembly, now in its 20th 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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