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 2017 Community College FUTURES Assembly

January 29-31, 2017

Hilton Walt Disney World, Buena Vista, Orlando, FL

Celebrating 23 years of recognizing outstanding Bellwether Award winning programs

2017 Community College Futures Assembly Program Booklet

2017 Winners for Bellwether Awards announced! 


Following programs have been selected by the national panel of judges as the Finalists for 2017 Bellwether Awards. These colleges presented their programs to the national audience on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Orlando in the final round of competition for coveted Bellwether Awards. Winners were announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2016 during the Award Announcement Luncheon at Hilton Lake Buena Vista, Orlando.

Instructional Programs & Services

2017 Bellwether Award Winner

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.


2017 Bellwether Award Finalists

  • Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
  • Persistence in Pajamas: AACC’s Virtual writing center
  • Bossier Parish Community College
  • Starting Below Ground: Channeling Paths to Completion in Developmental Education
  • Columbia State Community College Columbia, TN 
  • Participate, Lead, Succeed: Building a Bridge to Graduation
  • Estrella Mountain Community College Avondale, AZ
  • Student Success Fair: Increasing completion rates using Tinto’s practices
  • Hillsborough Community College Hillsborough County, FL
  • Empowering Black and Latino Males Towards Academic Success in Community Colleges
  • Lake Sumter State College Leesburg, FL 
  • RISE Summer Math Academy- Creating a Pipeline for the Academic Middle
  • Maricopa Community Colleges Tempe, AZ
  • Supporting Veteran Student Success: Dedicated to Serving Those Who Serve
  • Pellissippi State Community College Knoxville, TN
  • Utilizing Learning Communities as a Completion Pathway for Adult
  • Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL
  • Virtual Tutoring at Pensacola State College
  • South Mountain Community College Phoenix, AZ
  • The Foundations Academy: Meeting Students Where They Are

Planning, Governance, & Finance

2017 Bellwether Award Winner

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.


2017 Bellwether Award Finalists

  • Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
  • Education Across Barriers: Creating a Systemic Approach Addressing Poverty in Higher Education
  • Bergen Community College Paramus, NJ
  • Don’t Let Your Graduates Die on the Vine … a Community College Approach to Increase the Graduation harvest
  • Davidson Community College Lexington, NC
  • Redesigning the Redesign of Developmental Education at Davidson County Community College
  • Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
  • Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) – A Story of Success, Sustainability, and Scale
  • El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
  • Teachership Academy: Creating Our Own Master Teachers through a Two Phase Cohort Experience Focusing on Teaching and Learning
  • Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville, KY
  • CIVIC CLUBS as Partners in Progress. Flipping finance: Funding Unbound! Finding Philanthropy, Focusing on Private/Public Partnership
  • Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
  • One College Philosophy: Organizational Change for Student Success
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Versailles, KY
  • The KCTCS Innovative Educator Academy: Enabling Innovation in the Community College
  • Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
  • The Salt Lake Community College OER Initiative
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
  • Free Community College Tuition Does Make a Difference

Workforce Development

2017 Bellwether Award Winner

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.


2017 Bellwether Award Finalists

  • Bristol Community College Fall River, MA
  • The Sustainable and Green Energy Technology One-Stop Workforce Solution
  • Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
  • Cultivating a Skilled Diverse Workforce through Strategic Community College and Corporate Partnerships
  • Century College St. Paul, MN
  • Fab Labs as Incubators for Disruptive Technologies and Pedagogies
  • Clark State Community College Springfield, OH
  • Pathways as a Start: Credentialing that Builds Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH
  • Integrated Pathways: From Pathways to Pipelines to Student Success
  • Delaware Technical Community College Newark, DE
  • The Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Program: The Power of Collaboration
  • Patrick Henry Community College Martinsville, VA
  • HOPE: A Student’s Pipeline to Employment
  • Polk State Corporate College – Advanced Technology Center Bartow, FL
  • A Public Safety Leadership Pipeline: Leadership Development in Public Safety Certification
  • South Mountain Community College Phoenix, AZ
  • Pathway to the Pipeline of Entrepreneurial Success
  • The LeCroy Center, Dallas County Community College District Dallas, TX
  • After the Pipeline: Promotions for Incumbent Workers

Awards are Sponsored by NCIA, NCCET, and National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges.  

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“Changing the Debate: From Pathways to Pipeline


Changing the Debate: From Pathways to Pipelines


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