2017 Bellwether Award Winners

Instructional Programs & Services

Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.

Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL

Virtual Tutoring at Pensacola State College

The Pensacola State College Virtual Tutoring Program increases academic support services and
makes those services easily accessible. Instructors and peer tutor offer free, online, synchronous
tutoring to students from any location with any electronic device with internet access. This quality
academic support is offered at times most convenient to students.

 

Planning, Governance & Finance

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

Amarillo College Amarillo, TX

Education Across Barriers: Creating a Systemic Approach Addressing Poverty in Higher Education

In June 2011, Amarillo College (AC) revolutionized its institution when it created a systemic
approach to addressing poverty barriers for students. Today, AC’s No Excuses Poverty Initiative is
the connector between campus programs, services and projects designed to support students, boost
graduation and transfer, and increase student persistence.

 

 

 

Workforce Development Category

Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development by producing workforce

Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH

Integrated Pathways: From Pathways to Pipelines to Student Success

The Manufacturing Center of Excellence provides students with an integrated and accelerated
pathway to completion and a pipeline to industry through training in high demand areas. The
goal is to be more than a training provider; we are the catalyst for connective solutions between
industry, our college, and the community.

2016 Bellwether Award Winners

Instructional Programs & Services

Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.

Gaston College, Dallas, NC 

It All Begins with a SPARC3: The Power of Inquiry and Undergraduate Research at the Community College

This presentation highlighted the implementation and success of inquiry-based instruction, undergraduate research, and enhanced student services through the SPARC3 initiative at Gaston College. SPARC3 activities have transformed faculty and students and spurred dramatic increases in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates in the Associate of Science program at the College.

From left to right
Dale Campbell, Professor and Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida

Chelsey King, Student, Gaston College

Madison Staves, Student, Gaston College

James Smith, Board of Trustees Chair, Gaston College

Patricia Skinner, President, Gaston College

Janna Stover, Student, Gaston College

Ashley Hagler, SPARC3 director, Gaston College

Heather Woodson, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Gaston College

Melissa Armstrong, Science and Math Chair, Gaston College

Amy Fugate President, National Council of Instructional Administrators & Vice President Academic Affairs Mott Community College Flint, MI

Planning, Governance & Finance

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

Central Community College, Grand Island, NE

GRADES – Guiding Reintegration and Directing Educational Success for Veterans and Military Students through Faculty and Staff Professional Development

GRADES is a professional development program with a unique approach that engages faculty and staff in understanding the challenges veterans face reintegrating into the classroom. This flagship program continues to facilitate a cultural shift on campuses, which ultimately benefits veteran student success in colleges and communities across the country.

From left to right
Dale Campbell, Professor and Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida

Travis Karr, Director, Veteran & Military Services, Central Community College

Anthony Chaulk, Student Veteran, Central Community College

Thomas Walker, College Vice President and Campus President, Central Community College

Dennis Gallon, Chair, 2016 FUTURES CEO Commission & Past President Palm Beach State College, FL representing the Council for Resource Development

 

 

 

Workforce Development Category

Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development by producing workforce

Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, TX

Alamo Colleges I-BEST: The Student’s Unique Journey

Alamo I-BEST serves low-skilled adults while meeting workforce demands in the San Antonio area. Participants have the unique opportunity to receive accelerated contextualized skills-based instruction while earning high-demand occupational certificates. This program is imperative to maintain and grow economic development in San Antonio and surrounding South Texas region.

From left to right
Dale Campbell, Professor and Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida

Alamo Representative 1

Alamo Representative 2

Melissa Sadler-Nitu, Director of I-BEST & ABE, District Economic Workforce Development, Alamo Colleges

Alamo Representative 4

Alamo Representative 5

Alamo Representative 6

Kirk While, Board Member, National Council of Continuing Education & Training

2015 Bellwether Award Winners

Instructional Programs & Services

Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.

Planning, Governance & Finance

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

Workforce Development

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

Norco College, CA

Summer Advantage: A Collaborative Model for Building the Future with College Readiness

Norco College, in collaboration with local school district, developed a summer program for seniors placing below college-ready in English or Mathematics. In their first term, most participating students placed one to three levels higher, enrolled full-time in courses that included English/mathematics, completed a Student Education Plan, and demonstrated college success.

From left to right
Dale Campbell, Professor and Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida

Paul Parnell, President, Norco College

Nathan Miller, Board of Trustees, Riverside Community College District

John Zickefoose, Board of Education, Corona-Norco Unified School District

Melissa Bader, Associate Professor, English, Norco College

Monica Green, Vice President, Student Services, Norco College

Greg Aycock, Dean, Institutional Effectiveness, Norco College

Amy Fugate, President, National Council of Instructional Administrators

Nathan Miller, Board of Trustees, Riverside Community College District

Marissa Iliscupidez, Associate Professor, Counseling, Norco College

Diane Dieckmeyer, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Norco College

Reggie Thompkins, Administrative Director, Student Services, Corona-Norco Unified School District

Anita Shirley, Counselor on Special Assignment, Corona-Norco Unified School District

Flathead Valley Community College, MT

Using Financial Aid Data and Fundraising Strategies to Improve Access, Persistence and Completion through Scholarships

The FVCC Foundation collaborated with Financial Aid and Institutional Research to examine the relationship of scholarships financed with Foundation event proceeds to persistence and completion. Study outcomes motivated the Foundation to improve marketing of the scholarship program, increase revenues for scholarships, and transform its scholarship program to better impact student success.

From left to right:

Dale F. Campbell, Professor and Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida

Brad Eldredge, Executive Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning, Flathead Valley Community College

Colleen Unterreiner, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement, Flathead Valley Community College

Mort Congleton, Immediate Past President, Council for Resource Development

Alamo College, TX

Alamo Academies – An Industry-Driven, Higher Education Program of Studies, Workforce and Economic Development Partnership: Boosting the School-to-Careers Pipeline.

Alamo Academies – An internationally recognized partnership between higher education and industry providing at-risk youth with tuition-free career pathways into critical demand technical STEM occupations. The program utilizes contextualized industry-driven curricula resulting in 95% of graduates entering higher education or high-wage careers in Aerospace, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Health and Heavy Equipment.

From left to right:

Dale F. Campbell, Professor and Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida

Yvonne Katz, Vice-Chair, Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees, Alamo Colleges

Gene Bowman, Alamo Academies Executive Director, Alamo Colleges

Klaus Weiswurm, Alamo Academies board member and past board chair, Alamo Colleges

Adam Arroyo, Lockheed Martin Contract Negotiator and Alamo Academies graduate

Kirk White, Director, Center for Healthcare Professionals, Houston Community College Coleman College for Health Sciences and Immediate Past President National Council for Continuing Education & Training (NCCET).

2016 Bellwether Finalists

The Community College Futures Assembly has the following programs as 2016 Bellwether Finalist programs:

Instructional Programs & Services

Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.

Austin Community College, Austin, TX

ACCelerator: ACCelerating Student Access and Success with the Ultra personalization of Learning

Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, LA

Fast-Tracking Skills for Student Success: Open Sourcing at Bossier Parish Community College

Cañada College, Redwood City, CA

Developing an Intensive Math Preparation Program to Enhance the Success of Underrepresented Students in STEM

Carroll Community College, Westminister, MD

Re-Designing Transitional Education

Chipola College, Marianna, FL

Creating a Pathway to Graduation

Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Accelerating Math to Get on Path

Gaston College, Dallas, NC

It All Begins with a SPARC3: The Power of Inquiry and Undergraduate Research at the Community College

Jackson State Community College, Jackson, TN

Great Expectations for Brighter ‘Futures’: Navigating Unbounded Pathways

McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL

Breaking New Ground: An Integrative Approach to Reducing Dependency on Developmental Math

Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

Pathways to Transfer: Accelerating Students into Transfer-Level Courses

Planning, Governance & Finance

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

Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA
OLS: A Replicable Associate Degree for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities-A Turn-Key
Approach
Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
“Don’t Let Your Graduates Die On the Vine”… A Community College Approach to Increase
Graduation Harvest
Central Community College, Grand Island, NE
GRADES – Guiding Reintegration and Directing Educational Success for Veterans and Military
Students through Faculty and Staff Professional Development
Community College of Beaver County, Beaver Falls, PA
Designing Academic Pathways: CCBC’s High School Academy
Lone Star College – University Park, Houston, TX
The Education and Career Positioning System – Linking Students Pathways to Careers
North Lake College, Irving, TX
The One Stop Shop, Where Veterans Can Start a Successful Journey
Rhodes State College, Lima, OH
Saving Lives: Critical Incident Prevention and Response
St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, FL
The Evolution of the College Experience at St. Petersburg College
Tarrant County College District, Fort Worth, TX
Critically Thinking about Student Success and Completion
Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC
Scaling Applied Benchmarking Innovations for Learning

Workforce Development

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

Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, TX
Alamo Colleges I-BEST: The Student’s Unique Journey
East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA
Great Outcomes for East Los Angeles (GO ELA): A Pathway for College and Career Success
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, with Berkshire, Greenfield and Holyoke
Community Colleges, MA
Achieving Regional Reach: The 413 STEM Ready Program
Meridian Community College, Meridian, MS
Building Student Workforce Skills and Character Within the Community – Brick by Brick
Metropolitan Community College – Longview, Lee’s Summit, MO
Missouri Innovation Campus: An Early College Approach to Future Workforce Demands
MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA
To Protect and Serve – Putting Veterans to Work!
Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA
Moorpark College’s Biotechnology Program: No Ordinary Pathway – Only Extraordinary
Outcomes
Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO
Mobile Learning Labs – Paving New Pathways: Removing Excuses in Each Student’s Journey
South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ
No Ordinary Pathway to Entrepreneurial Success
St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
Building a Degree Pathway in Biotechnology from High School to Employment

2015 Bellwether Finalists

The Community College Futures Assembly has the following programs as 2015 Bellwether Finalist programs:

Instructional Programs & Services

Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.

Chipola College, FL

ACE Is the Place: Providing New Pathways to Graduation

Cuyahoga Community College, OH

Achieving Change Through a Positive Culture

Maricopa County Community College District, AZ

Maricopa Millions OER Project: Scaling Use of ExtraOERdinary Materials

Norco College, CA

Summer Advantage: A Collaborative Model for Building the Future with College Readiness

Palm Beach State College, FL

Alternative Scheduling/Combined Courses

Sinclair Community College, OH

A Mathematical Pathway to Success for Arts Majors

South Mountain Community College, AZ

From Rhetoric to Reality: Innovating for Success at a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution

The Community College of Baltimore County, MD

The Evolution and Success of an Accelerated Mathematics Program

Walla Walla Community College, WA

Pathways out of Prison: A Correctional Education Debate Project

Wallace Community College – Dothan, AL

A holistic instructional approach to effectively closing the student achievement gap by significantly improving student learning

Planning, Governance & Finance

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

Bristol Community College, MA         

Building a Zero Net Building for STEM. Improving Science Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health Technologies Programs in a Zero Net Energy Building in the North East.

Broward College, FL  

Back to the Future – Pathway to Financial Literacy and Long-Term Student Financial Success

California Community Colleges’ Success Network, CA           

3CSN Leadership Institute: Transforming Basic Skills Instruction College by College

East Central Community College, MS

Connecting College with Communities

Flathead Valley Community College, MT       

Using Financial Aid Data and Fundraising Strategies to Improve Access, Persistence and Completion through Scholarships

Grayson College, TX  

Building Pathways to Careers through Partnership: Industry Intern Program (I2)

Isothermal Community College, NC   

The WISE Program – Innovation in Education

Mohave Community College, AZ

Your Student Loan Cohort Default Rate: What Every Leader Needs to Know

Northeast Alabama Community College, AL

Trailblazing Math: The Path to My Success

St. Louis Community College, MO     

Bridging the Gap in STEM Education

Workforce Development

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

Alamo Colleges, TX

Alamo Academies – An Industry-Driven, Higher Education Program of Studies, Workforce and Economic Development Partnership: Boosting the School-to-Careers Pipeline

Alamo Colleges, TX

Alamo Colleges I-BEST: Creating Unbound Pathways to Living Wage Careers

Cape Cod Community College, MA

Discovering Pathways to Independence

Metropolitan Community College, MO

Missouri Innovation Campus: An Early College Approach to Future Workforce Demands

Niagara County Community College, NY

Retail Partnership Preparing an Educated and Experienced Workforce

Northern Virginia Community College, VA

NOVA’s College Pathway Initiatives: Facilitating College and Career Success through Collective Impact Programming

Piedmont Technical College, SC

Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Pueblo Community College, CO

Mobile Learning Labs – Paving New Pathways

Santa Fe College, FL

Gator Engineering @ Santa Fe Program: A Community College and University Partner to Address Workforce Demand for Engineers

Technical College of the Lowcountry, SC

Certified for Success

Legacy

An award given every five years!

Outstanding Bellwether winning programs that have illustrated five or more years of successful implementation and replication.

The 2014 winners:

Cleveland State Community College and Chattanooga State Community College Cleveland, TN
Do the Math: Solving the Nation’s Math Problems

Cleveland State’s Do the Math program won the 2009 Bellwether Award in Instructional Programs and Services. The program’s effectiveness has been documented by external studies. Since 2009, Do the Math has spread to Chattanooga State and other colleges across the nation, and is now being implemented in high schools.

Presenters: Dr. Carl Hite, President, Cleveland State Community College  Mrs. Karen Wyrick, Math Department Chair, Cleveland State Community College Mr. John Squires, Math Department Head, Chattanooga State Community College