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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

Nominations for 2017 Bellwether Awards are now closed! 


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


January 28 & 29, 2017

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Congratulations, 2016 Bellwether Award Winners! 

Bellwether Awards


Community College Futures Assembly announced 2016 Bellwether Award Winners through a press release. The Bellwether Awards annually recognize outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future. Thirty outstanding colleges were selected to present their innovative practices at the 2016 Community College Futures Assembly in Hilton Buena Vista Orlando. Nominations for 2017 Bellwether Awards will open in fall 2016. Please check back the apply online page then.

From each of the three categories below, winners for the prestigious Bellwether Awards for the year 2016 have been selected. Congratulations!

Gaston College, Dallas, NC

Gaston College became of the winner for the 2016 Bellwether Awards in the Instructional Programs & Services (IPS) category. This category recognizes programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.


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.

Central Community College, Grand Island, NE

Central Community Collegte was selected as the winner of 2016 Bellwether Award in the Planning, Governance & Finance (PGF) category. This category recognizes programs activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the community college


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

Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, TX

Alamo Colleges won the 2016 Bellwether Awards in the Workforce Development (WD) category. This category recognizes public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development


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.