Calhoun among community colleges selected as 2013 Bellwether Award Finalists


Calhoun Community College officials today announced that the college is among the list of community colleges from around the country selected as finalists for a 2013 Bellwether Award.  The college’s Dual Enrollment program, A Solution to the Healthcare Needs of the Graying American Population, has been named a finalist in the Workforce Development category.  Calhoun is the only Alabama college selected as a finalist for the coveted award.

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. 

Calhoun will join the field of finalists and present at the CCFA on January 28th, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.  According to organizers, one winner will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts within that respective category. The winners will be announced on January 30th at the CCFA annual meeting in Orlando.

The Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) has selected the following programs as 2013 Bellwether Finalist programs:

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
  • Calhoun Community College: Dual Enrollment EMT Program:  A Solution to the Healthcare Needs of the Graying American Population
  • 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

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

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, or email

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