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2009 Innovation of the Year Awards

Established over 30 years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year competition was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations at Alliance member colleges. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. The award is designed to recognize faculty, staff, and administrators at member colleges who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the institution’s ability to serve students and the community. Granting this award provides a venue for showcasing these innovations and the dedicated community college educators who strive for excellence on a daily basis. Click here for more information about the Innovation of the Year Awards, and how your college can participate.

This year, the League is pleased to announce that 61 awards were granted for outstanding innovations that serve community colleges and students. Click on the links below to learn more about each winning innovation.

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Anne Arundel Community College
Department of Public Safety

Chief Gary Lyle, Major Cleveland Smith and The Department of Public Safety Personnel

Austin Community College
College Connection

Mary Hensley, Luanne Preston, Melissa Richardson, and the ACC/College Connection team members

Baton Rouge Community College
BRCC Assessment Institute

Shana Corvers and Laci Talley

Bow Valley College
Innovative Training Delivery Options for Child Care Practitioners

Russ Wilde, Linda O”Donoghue, Candace Cummings, Paula Wyne, Lona Tarney, and Becky Kelley

Bucks County Community College
Strategic Alliance: Leveraging Technological Knowledge and Experience

Annette L. Conn, Maureen McCreadie, Celeste Schwartz

Central Community College
Mechatronics Education Center

Doug Pauley, Dan Davidchik, Sue Baer, David Vanderheiden, Allen Stenzel, Justin Young

Central Piedmont Community College
Outreach to Part-Time Faculty

Debbie Bouton and The Professional Development Team

Century College
Century College Digital Fabrication Lab

Larry Litecky

Columbia College
Career Tools for Excellence

Randy Barton, Melissa Colon, Jeff Fitzwater, Patricia Harrelson, Ida Ponder, Katherine Schultz, Meryl Soto, Kathy Sullivan, Adrienne Webster, Gene Womble

Community College of Baltimore County
The Accelerated Learning Project (ALP)

R. Miller, S. Gearhart, S. Gilead, A. Roberts, M. Garcia, P. Adams, L. Berglie, S. Briggs, S. Grady, A. Nguyen, P. Rennie, P. Rogers, C. Scott, J. Scott, T. Nelson, M. Walker, A. Rusnak, and M. Berry

Community College of Philadelphia
Advanced Tech at College

Linda Hansell and Willette Whitaker

Cuyahoga Community College
Creative Parenting Skills Course/General Studies 1801

Barbara A. Taylor and Phyllis J. Dukes

Delta College
Helen M. Nickless Dental Clinic Project

Pamela Smith, Leslie Myles Sanders, Mary Jo Miller, Judy Miller, Melissa Appold, Virginia Przygocki, and Carol Wieland

Fanshawe College
Search Engine Marketing

Liz Gray

Gateway Community and Technical College
Hybrid Library & Information Services

Charlene McGrath, Yin-Fen Pao, Jeremy Berberich, Sheila Gray, and Ian Fry

Greenville Technical College
Virtual Reality in Aviation Training

Carl P. Washburn

Harford Community College
Continuing Education and Training (CET) Action Teams

Continuing Education and Training Division

Henry Ford Community College, Henry Ford Health System, Dearborn Public Schools
Henry Ford Early College

(left to right) Lynne Hensel, Bill Barber, Marva Brooks, Ron Bodurka; (not photographed) Cyndi Scheuer, Paul Smith, Bill Schramm

Hillsborough Community College
Service-Learning Veterans (Website) Project

Walt Ellis

Humber College

Sabra Desai, Gina Antonacci, Donna O'Brien-Sokic, and Diana Belshaw

Indian River State College
Baccalaureate Implementation and Transition Committee

Baccalaureate Implementation and Transition Committee

Institute of Technical Education

Beatrice Tan, Teo Pui Sing, Peh Wee Leng, and Alvin Toh

Inver Hills Community College
Finish What You Start

Cheryl Frank, Kathy DeDeyn, and LeAnne Schmidt

Johnson County Community College

Barry Bailey and Judith Guzzy

Kirkwood Community College
Family Day

Doug Bannon

Lake-Sumter Community College
Intermediate Alegebra Module Approach

Judith Hayes, Thom Kieft, Donna Matthews, Alissa Sustarsic, and Brett Taylor

Lane Community College
Agricultural Business Management Program

Shirl Meads, Gene Hamacher, and Ross Penhallegon

Laramie County Community College
Creating and Implementing a Multimedia Electronic Textbook

Leif Swanson

Manatee Community College
Revealing the Truth: Multidisciplinary Explorations into Crime Scene Investigations

Jane Pfeilsticker, Andy Swanson, David Friedenbach, Cindy Hunter, Daisy Vulovich, Brad Davis, and Dory Lock

Miami Dade College
The MDC Honors College Dual Language Program

Alexandria Holloway and Jennifer Bravo

Minnesota State Community & Technical College
Course Approval Process (CAP) Software

Eric Daeuber and Christopher Goltz

Mohawk College
Online Course Outline Application

Jim Cummings, Keri Carter, Ali Burke, Horatio Stewart, Rob McInnis, Lynda Morgan Murdoch, Ali Cheaib, Catharine Ozols, Lisa Pegg, Jaspreet Grewal, Bongi Dube, Maria Campos, Jacqueline Cowden-Scott, Margaret DiVincenzo, and Judy-Anne Sleep

Monroe Community College
The Sixth Act

Maria Brandt, Gail Bouk, Jeffery Jones, Caren Pita, Paul D’Alessandris, Heather Fox, Jim Simmonds, Midge Marshall, Ann Tippett, and Robert Kashmer

Montgomery County Community College
Call Center

Barbara LeFevre and Erick Robinson

Moraine Valley Community College
2nd Annual Intern and Employer Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Lisa Kelsay, Joyce Daniel, Pamela Payne, and Cecillia Carothers

Mountain View College
CPA Starter Program

Michael Tydlaska and Angela LeBlanc

NAIT Shell Manufacturing Centre

Wanda Williams, Vincent Capri, Ryan Mussbacher, Mave Dhariwal, Dan Racette, and Neil Wenger

Nassau Community College
The Achilles Project

Carol Farber, Wendy Eisner, and Valerie Lagakis

Northeast Iowa Community College
Agriscience Academy

T. Mueller, L. Mueller, B. Kamm, K. Stock, D. Lawstuen, C. Harvey, J. Green, N. Gebel, T. Schnieders, M. Adams, M. Lansing, D. Martin, R. Twedt, M. Luckstedt, D. Mohling, M. Enyar, N. Zuercher, D. Dexter, and J. Dillon

Northland Polytech
Ngawha Prison Reintegration Project

Shane Walden and Taina Savage

Northwestern Michigan College
Innovation Mini Grants

The "winners" are the faculty, staff and students of Northwestern Michigan College.

Ocean County College
Multiple Crime Scene Locations

Thomas Lesniak

Olympic College
Cabinet (Executive Leadership) Learning Community

Joanne Munroe

Paradise Valley Community College
Web-based Class Schedule

Sam Fraulino, Alicann Lunceford, Carol Myers, David Preston, Paul Golisch, George Mathew, Jason Pociask, and Corey Weidner

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
One Book, One Community

Barbara Zaborowski

Pitt Community College
Microsoft Producer: How to have your own production studio

Jeff Rorer

Polk Community College
Linking Developmental College Reading Students with Elementary Students through Technology and Nonfiction Literature

Lynda Wolverton

SAIT Polytechnic
Conversion of Culinary Waste Oil Into Bio-diesel Fuel

Tom Bornhorst, Tran Ngo, Madeleine Ho, Reece Winter, Vita Martez, and Brad Rosenberger

Salt Lake Community College
Special Studies ESL for Facilities and Food Services Personnel

Bob Askerlund, Lidya Gonzalez, Douglas New, and Sonia Parker

Santa Fe College
Bachelor of Applied Sciences Programs

The BAS Cross-College Development Team

Shelton State Community College
Adult Education On-line Professional Development

Fran Turner, Philip Johnson, Curtis Coleman, Julia Chancey, and Kristen Peoples

Sinclair Community College
Center for Energy Education Laboratory

Robert B. Gilbert

Snead State Community College
CISCO Technology in the Classroom

John Haney

South Seattle Community College
Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center

Jill Wakefield

Southwest WI Technical College
100 Yard Tricycles Races Enhance Learning

Scott Swan

St. Clair County Community College
Nursing Preadmission Scoring

Cindy Nicholson, Pete Lacey, and Mary Owen

St. Cloud Technical College
Anatomy & Physiology Digital Textbooks

Deborah Roiger

St. Louis Community College - Meramec Campus
New Student Enrollment Orientation

Julie Massey, Kim Fitzgerald, Suzzie Huff, Klaudia Krygiel, Ray Eberle-Mayse and Barb Shadburne

University of Hawai'i--Leeward Community College
In-Class Writing Consultants

Laurie Kuribayashi

Ventura College
Ventura College Promise

Ventura College Foundation

Wallace State Community College
Improving the First Year of College: Sweet Success for Students in Transition

Beth Bownes-Johnson, Cheril Grimmett, Wes Rakestraw, Rob Metcalf, Renee Quick, Natalie Shearer, James Tidwell, Karon Welch, Donnie Rice, Cindy Mallard , Rebecca Reeves, Ricky Burks, Brandi Gindhart, Lisa Harris, and Jerome Ward


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