The Bellwether College Consortium is comprised of innovative, award-winning community colleges that earn the distinction of being named a Bellwether Finalist.

This distinction is earned by the top ten scoring community colleges in one or more of the three award categories associated with the Bellwether Award competition. This select group of trendsetting colleges is invited to join the consortium and compete for the Bellwether Award at the Community College Futures Assembly. Past winners and finalists are also a part of the Bellwether family.


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2023 Members

Atlanta Technical College - GA (WD)

Bellwether Award and Best in Showcase Recipient

The Atlanta Technical College Center for Workforce Innovation

The Atlanta Technical College Center for Workforce Innovation (CWI) was born out of a need to address concerns related to disparities in sustainable career and economic mobility opportunities for Atlanta’s most overlooked communities. Data from a regional study in 2018 reveal that individuals born into poverty in certain Atlanta zip codes have only a 4 percent chance of elevating their economic position throughout their entire lifetime. The Mayor and the CEOs of the city’s leading corporations realized that the city and the region cannot thrive while a significant portion of the population struggles.


Hudson County Community College - NJ (IPS)

Bellwether Award Recipient

Hudson Scholars

Hudson Scholars, an innovative student support model, focuses on retention and improving student outcomes by scaling successful elements of acclaimed national best-practice models, providing proactive, high-touch advisement, financial support, and early academic intervention. Increased revenue from improved retention has more than covered the program's current operating costs and is likely to result in long-term sustainability and scaling to all students.


Alamo Colleges District - TX (PGF) 

Bellwether Award Recipient

Fulfilling the Higher Education Promise through Off-Campus Work-Study Employment

Alamo Colleges, appreciating the implied promise of higher education, to provide a stable and rewarding career, prepares first-generation students for post-graduation job market success. Alamo offers work-study eligible students off-campus career-relevant employment through federal financial aid funding. Students are employed by non-profit organizations, governmental agencies or private-sector employers. Wages are paid by federal work-study funds, or if a student is employed by a private business, the employer pays a portion of the wages. Students receive assistance in job selection, resume and cover letter writing, and navigating the human resources process as well as attending professional development sessions through the Office of Workplace Learning.


Sinclair Community College - OH (PGF)

Best in Showcase Recipient

Equity and Inclusion for All Across the Classroom, Campus, and Community

Sinclair Community College’s focused Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy towards building a more equitable campus through an Emphasis on Equity and Inclusion, the Curb-Cut Effect, and Success Benchmarking in the Classroom resulted in significant gains made for all learners from classroom to community through innovative programs, intentional services, and inspiring leadership.

South Piedmont Community College - NC (IPS) 

Best in Showcase Recipient

South Piedmont’s Learning Reimagined: Increasing access, removing barriers, and providing flexibility to meet diverse needs of community college students

Community College students face barriers related to work, finances, friends/family, and online classes. South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) addressed the top four barriers facing students through Learning Reimagined, a comprehensive curriculum redevelopment that included migration to a new learning management system, adoption of digital resources and curation of significant open educational resources (OER), and introduction/scale-up of hybridflexible (Hyflex) instruction. Through Learning Reimagined, SPCC both increases access/removes barriers for students and provides learners with customizable, flexible learning designed to meet the needs of diverse community college populations.


Arizona Western College - AZ (WD)

Advanced Manufacturing Program gets boost from Berlin

Arizona Western College was the first college in the country to complete the TBIC College Certification program. Community colleges play an important role in regional workforce development efforts by providing affordable and accessible technical education and training, which can help close the skills gap and provide a pipeline of talent for both existing and prospective employers. The TBIC College Certification program is designed to assess and certify community colleges in their ability to provide top-quality technical training that meets the needs of today's economy. To date, Arizona Western College is the only community college in the United States to have completed the TBIC College Certification program. The program includes an assessment of several relevant parameters, such as the level of cooperation between the college and local industry representatives as well as the technical education and practical training offered to students.


Chattanooga State Community College - TN (IPS)

High School Highway to Advanced Manufacturing: Exit 1-AAS degree; Exit 2 – Career

Facing thousands of unfilled manufacturing jobs, Southeast Tennessee had the profound challenge of recruiting, training, and sustaining a skilled workforce. Chattanooga State CC and Hamilton County Schools developed two successful high school programs focusing on in-demand careers. The programs provide college & career pathways via career tech education dual enrollment for students who are underperforming in high school and less likely to attend college.


Blinn College District - TX (PGF)

Beyond the Suggestion Box

Transforming frontline employee knowledge into effective, sustainable innovations is an ongoing challenge for organizations. The FutureWorks Academy brings together faculty and staff from across campuses to identify critical College issues and propose solutions. After a year of collective work, participants make a formal presentation to and seek approval from the College’s executive leadership to develop and diffuse approved projects throughout the College.


South Piedmont Community College - NC (WD)

Filling the pipeline

South Piedmont Community College’s ApprenticeshipIMPACT incentivizes college, community, and employer partnerships to provide classroom and on-the-job training and education to meet industry needs. In partnership with Columbus-McKinnon, one of the area’s employers, South Piedmont (SPCC) developed a flexible, innovative curriculum that allows students to learn and earn, access higher wages, and advance as they learn. Data indicate success for learners and for the talent pipeline at Columbus-McKinnon.


El Paso Community College - TX (IPS)

EPCC’s FYE Program: Supporting Students, Transforming Lives

The First-Year Experience (FYE) Program at El Paso Community College (EPCC) provides transformative holistic advising and wraparound services for first-year students. The program integrates cohort models, peer academic and faculty coaching, ongoing workshops, case management advising, and individualized educational plans. The FYE Program has reformed EPCC’s advising model from a one-size fits all approach to proactive case management.


North Central Texas College - TX (IPS)

Aspire To Be Hired- Employability Skills for Student Success

North Central Texas College’s (NCTC) Aspire to be Hired program focuses on students’ employability and professional skills through embedded instruction in students’ courses and co-curricular activities. Aspire to be Hired addresses skills gaps in awareness and articulation of employability skills and the practical experience of skill application to remove barriers and reduce the skills gap, thus improving students’ long-term employability.


Clark State College - OH (PGF)

Fresh Abilities – A Fresh Take on Food and Service

Clark State College recently partnered with Fresh Abilities, a food service training program of The Abilities Connection (TAC), a nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities and offers safe, inclusive workplaces to thrive. Through this innovative partnership, Clark State was able to bring a food service provider to campus that fit its needs, and the Fresh Abilities program was able to expand and enhance its training offerings.


Blinn College District - TX (WD)

Blinn College Dental Hygiene Program: "Give Kids A Smile"©

Community collaboration is integral to workforce students’ success as they transition to their profession. Passion for community service can be fostered in our programs and provide invaluable experience for our graduates while developing strong relationships in their community. Blinn College Dental Hygiene has demonstrated success through collaboration and service with Give Kids A Smile©.


Gaston College - NC (WD) 

Partnership at It’s Best: Gaston College Partnership with CaroMont to Meet Healthcare Needs

Many issues contribute to the staffing crisis in healthcare, as such Gaston College partnered with CaroMont Health to implement apprenticeships, new programs, dual-enrollment opportunities, scholarships, and expansion of pathways. The partnership also boasts state-of-the-art simulation facilities, new programming for dual-enrollment and adult learners, funding for faculty and equipment, and a sustainable, scalable model for meeting workforce needs.


Hudson County Community College - NJ (PGF)

Building an Inclusive and Engaged Workforce

Employees matter. Engaged employees with diverse perspectives and an inclusive environment are essential to student
success. Hudson County Community College (HCCC) focused recruitment and retention initiatives to underscore diversity,
inclusion, and belonging. The multifaceted program is aligned with HCCC’s culture of care and expands upon programs
enhancing professional development, appreciation, and recognition, and keeping the community connected.


Pima Community College - AZ (PGF)

Addition by Subtraction, Investing in Student Success by Removing Financial Barriers

Pima Community College invested in a leading indicator of persistence and retention, a mandatory student success course. An important enrollment management strategy is to ensure first semester students keep coming back. By mandating a one credit student success course, and eliminating the costs associated with the course (tuition and textbook), the college expected to increase student completions.


Hudson County Community College - NJ (WD)

Gateway to Innovation

HCCC Gateway to Innovation (GTI) program addresses unprecedented, COVID-related systemic challenges in the workforce ecosystem with the goal of achieving lasting improvement. GTI works to: STABILIZE students’ basic supports, enhance financial health; ENGAGE alumni; RECOVER by expanding access to short-term healthcare credentials, attachment to recession resistant work; PROSPER by creating projects aligned with recession resistant industries.


Lakeshore Technical College - WI (PGF)

Grant Strategy Saves Time & Gains Money

With declining revenue and enrollments, Lakeshore looked to grants to generate new revenue. Unfortunately, the existing structure for identifying and pursuing grants at Lakeshore was broken – resulting in limited award success. A new leadership team chose to examine the process closely, finding it to be inefficient and ineffective, much like it is at other community colleges. Lakeshore viewed this problem as an opportunity with the right solution, could improve efficiency and effectiveness. The creation and empowerment of a Grants Council has accomplished both goals.


Lamar State College Port Arthur - TX (PGF)

Gathering partners to impact State & National problems

In 2018, Industry demand for commercial drivers significantly increased the number of CDL applicants in Texas and lengthened the “time to success” for students. LSCPA became a 3rd party provider under DPS to bypass this backlog. “Time to success” dropped significantly for students of the college causing a concomitant rise in students’ success.


Pima Community College - AZ (WD)

Answering the Call: Responding to the Teacher Shortage

There is an unprecedented and increasing K12 teacher shortage in Arizona and nationwide. Reports from schools and districts around the country indicate “gaps that stretch from the hundreds to the thousands.” The Post-Degree Teacher Certification program at Pima Community College innovatively addresses this need and is making a difference in Arizona and could address this need elsewhere.


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - NC (IPS)

LPN to ADN Completion Option and the Academic-Clinical Partnership

The ongoing nursing shortage has increased the need for academic and clinical partners to collaborate on strategies that will increase the number of students admitted and graduated from schools of nursing. Relationships between academic and clinical partners have always existed, however, a firmer understanding of how each stakeholder can work to achieve the preferred outcomes.


Pima Community College - AZ (IPS)

Enter PimaFastTrack

Like other colleges, Pima Community College (PCC) has been facing steady enrollment declines, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. To increase offering relevancy, PCC launched micro-pathway programs to re-engage learners who exited without earning an award, and reach learners who have not considered attending college due to the structural barriers of the traditional model of higher education.


Polk State College - FL (PGF) 

Creating a Culture of Quality and Innovation for Online Learning

Polk State College seized an opportunity provided by CARES funding to create a baseline of quality for online course design; a task the College had not yet provisioned. Building an institutional rubric aligned to Florida’s “Quality” designation process, the Quality Matters essential standards, and existing evaluations, the rubric provided the opportunity to create the Quality Online Course Design Seminar.


South Mountain Community College - AZ (IPS) 

Ultimate Technology Summer Camp

The South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Ultimate Technology Summer Camp was created to expose underrepresented minority and female students to educational opportunities and careers in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) - with an emphasis on technology. The goal of the program is to stimulate interest in STEM and increase the number of underrepresented minority and female students enrolling in STEM related courses – in both high school and college.


Reading Area Community College - PA (WD)

Pro-active Community Partnership in Workforce Training

Reading Area Community College’s (RACC) customized training initiative responsively addressed a need by a global agricultural equipment manufacturer for a rapid turn-around training program for newly hired Computer Numerical Control or CNC operators. As a proactive partner, RACC was able to provide training of CNC Machine operators (NIMS Certified), while maintaining integrity, in half the usual time period.


St. Louis Community College - MO (WD)

1,000 Job Placements and Growing! 

Boeing and St. Louis Community College’s Boeing Pre-Employment Training Program. A collaborative design and development of a highly needed advanced manufacturing program established to meet area workforce needs. In 2022, Boeing St. Louis and St. Louis Community College celebrated the 1,000th job placement of the Boeing Pre- Employment Training Program. Utilizing State, local, college, company resources, Boeing and STLCC established a program that continues to produce a high number of graduates for St. Louis's Defense and Commercial lines


Walters State Community College - TN (IPS) 

Recruiting Hispanics to Achieve

Housed in Academic Affairs, RHiTA systematically and aggressively addressed recruitment, academic support, and campus climate for our growing Hispanic population. 5-year results show that Hispanic student enrollment and success have consistently increased; persistence continues to be one of the two highest in the state of Tennessee and completion gaps have narrowed from 4.7% to 1.5% in the last three cohorts. The program has scaled regionally and demographically.


Tallahassee Community College - FL (WD)

Workforce Connections: Creating Talent at the Speed of Business

First the pandemic and now a worker shortage, but they’re no match for Workforce Connections! Workforce Connections is part of an employer engagement model that reimagines the community college system’s approach to delivering innovative workforce training at the speed of business. It’s the perfect solution for sparking the excitement in your campus community, growing your enrollment among special populations and creating lasting partnerships with industry.


Western Dakota Technical College - SD (PGF)

Moving the Needle: Implementing an Action-Based Strategic Enrollment Management Plan

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) will share a behind the scenes look into Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) planning. Learn how the evolution of static planning has become evolving campus wide as departments are collaborating. Meaningful work towards overall Strategic Planning provides results to SEM, without duplicating efforts. WDTC results speak for themselves with increased performance indicators and outcomes.


2022 Members

South Mountain Community College - AZ (IPS) 

South Phoenix Oral History Project: Using Oral History to Empower Students and Community

The South Phoenix Oral History Project is a student-founded, student-led initiative to capture and preserve the untold history of our surrounding area. Over 200 students and 100 community members, faculty, and staff contributed to our digital and physical archive, which reclaims and tells the history of South Phoenix, Arizona.


Pima Community College - AZ (WD)

Addressing the Paramedic Shortage through High Quality and Flexible Training at Pima Community College

Pima Community College’s Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute (PSESI) offers a unique, innovative and flexible opportunity for paramedic students to advance their careers while maintaining full time employment. This is accomplished while simultaneously working with prehospital care providers to reduce the nationwide paramedic shortage magnified by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Blinn College District - TX (IPS)

Orienting Students to Success

Educational technology self-efficacy is critical to online student success and persistence; however, many students struggle in mastering ed-tech tools, including learning management systems (LMS). An online orientation, developed and maintained by faculty and front-line staff, ensures that students have the essential skills to utilize the LMS effectively.


South Piedmont Community College - NC (PGF)

Innovative Technology Solutions at South Piedmont Community College: Increasing Staff Efficiency, Campus Safety/Security, and Student Access

South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) experienced problems with staff efficiency, safety and security, and student access. By leveraging a project manager to facilitate and implement cross-campus collaborations on new technologies, SPCC addressed each concern, leading to an integrated technology solution through a new app, Navigate.


Lakeshore Technical College - WI (WD)

College Here & Now: Dual-Enrollment 2.0

College Here & Now® -- entering its third year – provides rural high school students the opportunity to earn a college degree in IT without leaving their school or paying tuition. Discover how our growing number of partnerships is leading to an increase in the number of minority students participating in dual enrollment compared to other dual enrollment opportunities and preparing all dual enrollment students for in-demand careers with local annual earning potential of $52,000.


Western Dakota Technical College - SD (PGF)

Build It and They Will Come – Lessons Learned when Building an Impactful Student Success Center

The Western Dakota Technical College’s Student Success Center (SSC) is “the” go-to place for students needing assistance navigating higher ed processes and accessing resources. Using the cycle of continuous improvement, the SSC has built a robust student support model, resulting in increased student satisfaction, retention, and graduation rates.


Bucks County Community College - PA (IPS)

Creating a Culture of Open at Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College (PA) has in place a process for the redesign of courses to include only open educational resources (OER) and other zero-textbook-cost (ZTC) materials. We have saved students nearly two million dollars in textbook costs and are now exploring the potentials for open pedagogy in teaching.


South Piedmont Community College - NC (WD)

South Piedmont’s Road2Wingate: Increasing Educational Attainment and Supporting Workforce in Anson and Union Counties

North Carolina faces a skilled labor shortage and educational attainment gaps. Through a unique partnership, SPCC and Wingate University established a guaranteed admission process, low tuition, and seamless articulation pathways. Collaboration between institutions and education, government, and business/industry partners, provides increased access to flexible, stackable credentials aligned with workforce needs.


Yavapai College - AZ (IPS)

A Promising Start

Yavapai College (YC) desired to increase completion rates and enrollments. Following best practices, YC designed a last dollar Promise scholarship; however, ours is unique. The YC Promise reimburses students for completing a degree on time. This self-funding program increased enrollments while raising 2-year completion rates to twice the national average.


San Diego Mesa College - CA (PGF)

San Diego Mesa College: Integrating Equity & Excellence into Mesa2030 - Our Educational & Facilities Master Plan

The Mesa2030 Educational and Facilities Master Plan was created to integrate San Diego Mesa College’s mission of equity and excellence into each aspect of our educational and facilities master plan.Mesa2030 charts the College’s long-term course toward accomplishing its Mission, which describes the College’s aspirations for student access, equity, and success.


Blinn College District - TX (WD)

Second Chance: Offender Re-Entry Training

Starting in 2002, Blinn College established strategic partnerships with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Brazos County Detention Center to reduce inmate recidivism rate in our service area. Blinn implemented training programs in trades, business, and healthcare. Collected data demonstrates a significant reduction of recidivism rate among program completers.


San Diego Mesa College - CA (IPS)

The Journey to Completion

San Diego Mesa College (SDMC) embarked on a journey to improve completion in the college’s largest program, Business, and identify the barriers to award success. Through a cross-campus collaboration of instruction, student services, and institutional research, the college increased the number of awards in five years by 11%.


Holyoke Community College - MA (WD)

Jump Start at Holyoke Community College - Sharing the Power to Educate, Empower, and Employ

For 20+ years, Jump Start's purpose has been to educate, empower, and employ. The program has enrolled over 2,000 jobseekers and placed over 70% in employment. Jump Start stabilizes individuals and families through a guided, asset-based approach that encourages completion of goals along a pathway to economic and employment success.


Montgomery College - MD (PGF)

Montgomery College's Participatory Governance Process

Montgomery College’s participatory governance has successfully improved communication and representation of all College stakeholders by providing input and recommendations to the president and senior leadership relating to the institutional decision-making process. The governance process approved by the Board of Trustees, consisting of thirteen councils, is managed by the governance director.


Pima Community College - AZ (PGF)

Pima Community College Workforce Development Transformation

Pima Community College (Pima) successfully transformed the structure and paradigm of workforce development across the institution to meet the needs of employers. In response to feedback from employers that Pima was large and difficult to navigate, Pima created a position to be the primary contact for business and industry.


Tallahassee Community College - FL (WD)

Channeling the Future through Innovation

Recognizing the extraordinary impact Covid-19 had on its regional workforce and community, Tallahassee Community College’s (TCC) Division of Workforce Development, was the first college in the state of Florida to launch a comprehensive community reemployment program, Be Essential. The Be Essential program, made up of 70 workforce in-demand training programs that could be completed in 90-days or less, served as a primary driver for connecting unemployed local residents to a no-wrong door option for getting the skills they needed to secure new employment and on a career path with local industry.


Ventura College - CA (PGF)

Ventura College Re-envisions ESL: A Community-Engagement Approach

To address a significant decline in enrollment in the college’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Ventura College undertook a comprehensive community-engagement process to identify key factors to be addressed to more appropriately meet the ESL needs of the target population – low-income Hispanic residents of western Ventura County.


Howard Community College - MD (PGF)

A Help Desk Transformation

Howard Community College (HCC) successfully transformed its Information Technology Help Desk to the Technology Service Center to address the evolving landscape of IT support. The pandemic challenges accelerated the need for this transformation. As a 2019 Baldrige winner, HCC leveraged the Plan Do Check Action process to accomplish this goal.


Central Arizona College - AZ (WD)

Education at the Speed of Industry

The partnership between Wilson Electric and Central Arizona College, which was developed and deployed in four weeks, enrolls over 50 students annually. With a 93% employment rate, students complete the 18 week program with three industry recognized credentials and enter the workforce at an average salary of $50,000 a year.


El Paso Community College - TX (IPS)

EPCC-CEP: Building Community, Serving the Underserved

EPCC's Community Education Program (EPCC-CEP) excels in serving historically disadvantaged residents with high quality educational and support services at no cost. The CEP instructs students in many areas, such as ESL, literacy, and GED preparation, and implements the College's highly successful High School Equivalency and College Assistance Migrant Programs.


Community College of Baltimore County - MD (IPS)

General Education as a Mechanism to Promote Equitable Access to High Impact Practices

High Impact Practices (HIPs) lead to greater student success, engagement, and retention, particularly for minoritized students. The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) infused HIPs into highly enrolled General Education courses and achieved significant increases in student success and retention metrics. Achievement gaps were reduced in many HIPs-infused courses.


Allan Hancock College - CA (PGF)

Credit Where Credit’s Due

Each year, hundreds of students at Allan Hancock College earn enough credits to complete their programs but aren’t aware that they qualify to graduate. In response, Hancock developed the “Credit Where Credit’s Due” algorithm to automatically award degrees/certificates to students who are unaware they have enough units to graduate.


Tulsa Community College - OK (IPS)

Earn a Degree, Graduate Early Program Promotes College Mindset in Vulnerable Students

In 2015, the Strategic Plan at Tulsa Community College focused specifically on increasing student recruitment efforts, emphasizing traditionally under-resourced students, and working with local high schools to improve college readiness. As a result, we developed our Earn a Degree, Graduate Early (EDGE) program.


Catawba Valley Community College - NC (WD)

Bringing Education, Business and Government Together to Connect Students of all ages with Viable and Sustainable Careers and Opportunities

K-64 unites education, business, and government to connect all ages with skills needed to build careers by increasing student and employer engagement in education and collaborating with employers to align programming with workforce needs, connecting students to careers and empowering adults to enhance employability in a dynamic work environment.


Ocean County College - NJ (PGF)

Meet Reggie: the AI Chatbot Transforming Ocean County College

Using a behaviorally intelligent chatbot named Reggie, Ocean County College elicits timely, specific, and actionable student data. This real-time information apprises OCC’s proactive measures are addressing individual student needs, adjusting program delivery, and increasing student registration. It also maximizes the efficiency and efficacy of academic and student support staff.


Houston Community College - TX (WD)

Celebrating Entrepreneurship: The Foundation of America’s Economy!

The mission of the Houston Community College's Entrepreneurial Initiatives is to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and to bolster the local economy by creating jobs and building Houston’s business ecosystem. HCC has developed signature programs to grow minority, micro, veteran, bilingual and women-owned businesses.


University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana - AR (IPS)

UAHT Collegiate Academy

The Collegiate Academy at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana is a partnership between the Hope Public School District and the Texarkana Arkansas School District which provides students with the opportunity to graduate high school with their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously while fully immersed on the college campus.


Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) - SC (IPS)

HGTC Outboard Marine Technology

HGTC offers the only Outboard Marine Technology program between Jacksonville, Florida and Chesapeake, Virginia. Training is coupled with industry credentials as one of only four nationwide to offer all four Yamaha Modules. Yamaha University has recognized it as a national training model. Enrollment has almost doubled, with 100% job placement.


Wayne Community College - NC (WD)

Apprenticeships: An Integrated Academic Cohort Model

Wayne Community College’s (WCC) integrated academic cohort apprenticeship model is an approach to solve workforce development needs by creating opportunities for income mobility and increasing educational attainment of incumbent workers while simultaneously attracting youth to careers where the workforce is aging.


South Mountain Community College - AZ (PGF)

The South Mountain Community College STARS Scholarship Program

The STARS (Students Transformed to Achieve Radiant Success) endowment was established in Fall 1995 to provide scholarships for returning SMCC students and reduce student loans. With the addition of the External STARS Advisory Board in 2015, additional funds have been raised to award scholarships to students regardless of their major.


2021 Members

College of the Canyons

Dismantling Barriers to Support Students: Placement Exams & Developmental Courses (IPS)

College of the Canyons presents their innovative approach to assessment and course sequence re-design in mathematics and English, a seven-year process of cross-functional collaboration culminating in AB705 implementation. The result is a roadmap for dramatically increasing student completion in transfer-level English and mathematics while greatly reducing equity gaps.


Houston Community College

Building Communities Through Entrepreneurship (WD)

The mission of the Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives at Houston Community College is to bolster the local economy, create jobs, and build Houston’s eco-system by providing robust and comprehensive programs to start and grow small businesses including minority-owned, micro and women-owned businesses; and develop an entrepreneurial pipeline for youth.


Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

The 8-Week Advantage: Turning Change Into Transformation (PGF)

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is changing its course format from semesters to eight-week terms to boost student success and add flexibility. What sets NWTC’s transition apart, however, is that the College is intentionally using the opportunity to build in new best practices college-wide, improving instruction and services for our students.


Pima Community College

Serving Adult Learners: The Implementation of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Pima Community College (IPS)

With a clearly defined need and vision, Pima Community College implemented Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to serve adult learners in our community. The development of a task force with engagement from the key stakeholders across the college was imperative to the successful launch of PLA.


Southwest Tennessee Community College

Redesign, Reinvent, and Reset: Organizing for Large Scale Systemic Change (PGF)

In 2016, Southwest initiated a re-organization to modernize and build a structure to optimize student supports to address a seven-year decline in enrollment. The college joined Achieving the Dream-(ATD) and began the transformational process.


Bossier Parish Community College

 Mobile Learning Apps at the Convergence of Neuroscience and Deep Game Structure (IPS)

Bossier Parish Community College’s Open Campus Mobile(™) learning apps offer a scalable, technologically innovative solution for supporting under-resourced developmental student populations. The design triangulates neuro-scientific learning applications, gaming features, and smartphone engagement strategies in a first-of-its-kind mobile learning portal, empirically demonstrated to promote student learning.


Broward College

Broward UP (Unlimited Potential) – An Innovative Community-based Workforce Education Model to Holistically Increase Economic and Social Mobility (WD)

Broward College believes there is Unlimited Potential (UP) in our community and have operationalized a movement aimed at changing the narrative on poverty and mobility by creating access to workforce education and good jobs – so that every single resident realizes their unlimited potential.


Pima Community College

Pima Community College and USAF Paramedic Training Partnership Produces Stellar Results (WD)

From 2014-Present, via back-to-back 5-year contracts, the United States Air Force’s (USAF), Air Force Medical Readiness Agency (AFMRA), partnered with Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona to offer a progressive and innovative approach for Paramedic instruction to meet the USAF’s 700 emergency medical services global shortfalls.


South Mountain Community College

Promoting Student-Athlete Voices to Provide a Distinctive Developmental Experience (IPS)

The student-athlete development program was designed to prepare students for more rigorous qualifications and academic progress standards at 4-year institutions. The program stresses academic and personal development in preparing students to compete for future opportunities. Student voices and input have accelerated the student participation and accountability toward desired outcomes.


Blinn College District

RELLIS: The Realization of a Transformational Initiative for Collaborative Educational Partnerships - Promoting Efficiency and Effectiveness (PGF)

Former Commissioner Paredes said, “We are going to have to innovate – to come up with creative ideas about how to address (training) needs and achieve our goals.” The RELLIS Campus is that idea. Through the collaboration of TAMUS regional universities and Blinn College, pathways to industry credentials/certificates/degrees are provided.


Broward College

Avatar Simulation (IPS)

Broward College has implemented innovative methods to help students achieve clinical and practical competence while maintaining the highest educational standards and keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs have found success in providing rich clinical experiences through remote avatar-based simulations to achieve their educational goals.


El Paso Community College

Bridges to Success: Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program at EPCC-UTEP (PGF)

Hispanic students are more likely to start at a community college, yet only 25% transfer and merely 3% obtain an associate degree. El Paso Community College’s Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program incorporates high-impact practices, such as research, internships, and learning communities to support transfer and completion.


Oxnard College

Project RECOVER - Revisions Encompassing COVID Operations, Valuing Emergency Responders (WD)

COVID-19 has struck our college system like a lightning bolt and shaken it to its core. In response, Project RECOVER, Revisions Encompassing COVID Operations, Valuing Emergency Responders reimagines the delivery of an engaging and holistic learning experience for public safety students as a model that has been replicated throughout California.


Rogue Community College

SOHOPE at Rogue Community College: Southern Oregon Health Occupations Poverty Elimination Project (WD)

Rogue Community College’s SOHOPE project prepares low-income community members for living wage, high demand healthcare careers. Participants experience ongoing support including barrier mitigation, case-management, counseling, and employability skills training while earning occupational certificates. SOHOPE’s model and integrated employer partnerships meet workforce demand and move participants out of multi-generational poverty.


Collin College

College and Career Counselors Program: Partnerships That Work! (PGF)

Collin College partnered with 34 local high schools to provide College and Career Counselors (CCC). These embedded counselors assist high schools, students, and parents with college readiness preparation and guidance through college application and enrollment. After a tremendous three-year pilot program, those positions have become permanent.


Naugatuck Valley Community College

Interprofessional Simulation Education for Allied Health and Nursing Program (IPS)

This initiative was based on the development and implementation of interprofessional education (IPE) simulation based on 117 Nursing, Radiology Technology, and Respiratory Therapy students. IPE competencies and discipline-specific objectives were included as part of the collaboration. IPE simulation sessions included faculty and students resulting in positive feedback from both.


Pima Community College

Expanding Access and Equity with IBEST and Ability to Benefit (IPS)

PCC has successfully leveraged the evidence-based Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) model, in combination with the Ability to Benefit provision of Federal Financial Aid, to expand access and success for Adult Education and Developmental Education learners at PCC.


Polk State College

Leadership Development in Public Administration (WD)

The Leadership Development in Public Administration program was developed in partnership with Polk State College and the City of Winter Haven as the direct result of a deep dive 360 review. This 160-hour program prepares new leaders within the municipality to grow and lead within their departments and the City.


San Jacinto College

Crosswalks Linking Apprenticeship Training and Workforce Courses: Blueprint for a Statewide Model (WD)

Establishing clear links between the steps in a student’s education pathway is key to supporting credential completion, particularly in Career and Technical Education (CTE), where students use a variety of learning modalities to build their careers including secondary and postsecondary classroom instruction, apprenticeships, internships and employment experiences.


Broward College

RAPID - Remote Adaptation and Preparation for Instructional Delivery (PGF)

In response to a global pandemic, Broward College’s Teaching and Learning division strengthened the alignment and services of its units to support the successful and rapid adaptation to a fully remote learning environment for 40,000 students and 5,000 employees.


Pensacola State College

Supporting Faculty in the Transition to Fully Online Classes (PGF)

During spring 2020, most colleges and universities transitioned to fully online courses with little to no lead time. Fortunately, before this transition, PSC had gathered a group of faculty from multiple disciplines with experience teaching synchronous online classes; these faculty provided the critical support their colleagues needed to teach remotely.


Pima Community College

Re-envisioned Online Leadership for Student Success (PGF)

Like many community colleges, Pima’s online program developed ad-hoc over time resulting in less than desirable student outcomes, course quality, and curricular inconsistency. The College decided to reallocate resources and reorganize online learning. The leadership model implemented transformed online teaching, learning, course design, and faculty development improving student success outcomes.


Reading Area Community College

Striving for Excellence in Online Learning through Teacher Engagement (IPS)

In four years, Reading Area Community College (RACC) has transformed online learning through faculty adaptation of Canvas, a learning management system (LMS), resulting in a 94% students’ satisfaction rate with their learning experience in 130+ online courses, 10 fully online programs, and robust Canvas-integrated face-to-face and hybrid courses.


South Mountain Community College

South Mountain Community College’s Construction Trades Institute (WD)

SMCC’s Construction Trades Institute (CTI) focuses on workforce development for the Construction Industry within the Phoenix metropolitan area. The CTI offers Carpentry /Framing, Electrical, and Plumbing trade options. Curriculum is industry-aligned with proactive industry partnerships to ensure real-world experiences and scenarios.


Holyoke Community College

Coming Together: How a Global Pandemic Galvanized a Community and Placed Addressing Students’ Non-academic Barriers Front-and-Center (WD)

HCC strives to be a college of academic excellence known for helping students overcome barriers to their success. This vision took on greater meaning amid the pandemic. Our community came together to increase our capacity to respond to the needs of our students by launching a completely virtual campaign: TogetherHCC.


Madisonville Community College

MCC Accelerate: An Innovative Approach to Meeting the Needs of Adult Students (IPS)

Madisonville Community College, through the MCC Accelerate program, created a pathway for adult students to complete an associate’s degree in one night a week, one class at a time, in two years. Students receive wrap-around support services paired with the benefits of in-person and online learning.


Oxnard College

Oxnard College Dental Hygiene Program, Five P's Model (IPS)

Oxnard College Dental Hygiene Program consistently achieved 100% pass rate on written national boards and clinical licensure examinations for the past 11 years. Additionally, graduates of the program, enjoyed a 100% employment rate. We attribute our Pass and Placement rates to Prerequisites, Performance and Planning (OCDHP Five P’s Model).


Pima Community College

Access and Student Success: HPOG HOPES Employment Best Practices (WD)

The Pima Community College HPOG HOPES Employment team prepares low-income students as they transition from college to the workforce. The goal is that each student that completes healthcare training is prepared with the skills, tools, and resources to make those first connections, interview well and land that important first job.


University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Texarkana

Changing the Bookstore Model for Student Access and Success (PGF)

Universities must retain and build the public’s trust. UAHT rewrote the textbook model to be financially responsible, innovative, efficient, effective, affordable for students, and relevant to today’s educational environment. The UAHT Book Rental Program reshaped the old way of doing things by providing necessary course materials responsibly, earnestly, and conscientiously.




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