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2018 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 46 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
Engagement Coach Training

Jen Lara

Austin Community College District
Accelerated Programmer Training Program

Linda Smarzik,Mary Kohls,Sam Greer,Ninghua Han,Judy Arriaga,Clark Shaffer,Richard Baldwin,Rudy Martinez,Rene Polanco,Amardeep Kahlon,Femi Onabajo,David Trevino

Bakersfield College
African American Mentoring Program

Julian West

Bristol Community College
Information Literacy Instruction and Assessment

Emily Brown,Susan Souza-Mort,James Emond,Jessica Langlois,Lisa Richter,Robert Rezendes

Brookhaven College- DCCCD
History Tutoring

Betty Sears Mehling,John P. Williams,James Sandy,Jim Dudlo,Sam Govea

Central Arizona College
Education at the Speed of Industry

James Busch

Central Piedmont Community College
BIO Beyond

Kathy Watkins

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Sustaining and Inspiring Generations Through High Impact Practices and Campus-Community Collaboration: CGCC Sustainability Program

Pushpa Ramakrishna,Roy Schiesser,Alex Wendt,Jay Linford,Angela Cazel-Jahn,Jamie Konatske,Miriam Kleinman,Megan Huff,Chris Reider,Trina Larson,Chris Schnick,Katie Haar,Christina Contreras,Mike Greene,Yvonne Reineke,Tom Tuoti,Melanie Lyon,Wendy Madison,Sheila Scanlon,Charlie Poure

Community College of Allegheny County
Using Technology and Collaboration to Enhance Student Space and Student Engagement

Evon Walters

Cuyahoga Community College
Studio 101

Brian Hall,Brenda Boshela,Brad Lipinski,Lindsay Milam,Erika Bell,Courtney Kelley,Trista Powers

Delta College
Creation of AAA degree in Journalism and Integrated Media

Crystal McMorris

Estrella Mountain Community College
The STEAM Engine @ EMCC (TSE)

Darryl Ferra,Chris Wacaser,Anthony Rietz,Tyler Burrough,Zoraya Mejia,Sharleen Brightwell,David Weaver,Tony Holman

GateWay Community College- AZ
N.O.W. - No Opportunity Wasted (A Collaborative Retention Program)

Frank Zamora,Sarah Hanley,Julie Hancock,Deborah Acosta,Rosemary Acosta,Suzanne Ringle,Laura Avila,Mattsue Cahue Lopez,Amy Diaz,Jerald Shorty,Dominique Doss,Zacary Zamora,Linda Martin,Sarah Duncklee

George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology
Constructing Quality Experiences in Construction and Engineering

Dr. Chris Timusk

Glendale Community College-AZ
Using Adaptive Learning Software to Improve Academic Persistence in First-Generation Community College Students

Sara Watt

Houston Community College System
HCC's Weekend College: A Template for Degree Completion for Working Adults

Cheryl Peters,Christy Shell,Rudy Soliz,Nagin Simoni,Shantara Ardoin,Helen Ortiz

Indian River State College
It Takes a Village: The Creation of Open Education Resources at Indian River State College

Kendall St. Hilaire

Institute of Technical Education
Virtual Reality Rehabilitation (VR Rehab) System

Beng Wah Lim,Tuan Ann Teh,Tina S Tang,Tse Yew Lee,Ranjan Balachandra,Suhaimi Mohamed Sepet,Samson SS Chang

Johnson County Community College
JCCC Meal Share: Addressing Student Food Insecurity

Jason Arnett,Claudia Martin-Ayoade

Kirkwood Community College
Multidisciplinary Healthcare Simulation

Shalome Tonelli,Nicole Alsaker,Lisa Stiles,Tamara Alt,Ben Symonds,Angela Eckley

Luzerne County Community College
College Ready Math Program

Rosana Reyes,Mary Ellen Jolley,Nicole Saporito

Madison Area Technical College
Re-envisioning Agriculture in an Entrepreneurial Framework

Bryan Woodhouse,Randy Zogbaum

Maricopa Community Colleges
Bridging Success Initiative

Sam Garman,Felicia Ganther,Ray Ostos,Heather Kruse,Laura Dodrill,Kathleen Perales,Laura Dulgar

Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College – Apple Everyone Can Code Project

Sasan Poureetezadi,Rodney Holmes,Michael Voss,Deb LaVergne,Angeline Surber,Phil Waclawski,David Levy,Nina Jaleeli,Alvin Bridges, III,Steve Azevedo,Sonia Filan,Lora Lassitter,Dawn Zimmer,Lisa Stow,Lua Maloney,Liz Murphy,Jessica Bradford,Cheryl Patton,Andrew Giddings

Mississippi Community College Board
Mississippi Virtual Community College

Krista LeBrun,Brooke Doggett,Shalon Farris,Lynne Oliver,Ive Burnett,Valmadge Towner,Ronnie Nettles,Billy Stewart,Thomas Huebner,Clyde Muse,Jim Haffey,Jay Allen,Jesse Smith,Scott Elliott,Larry Nabors,Mary Graham,Ricky Ford,Gary Spears,Adam Breerwood,Steven Bishop

Monroe Community College - SUNY
The Center for Academic Reading: A Thoughtful Design

Diane Clements,April Daniels,Renee Dimino,Judi Salsburg Taylor,Terry Shamblin

Montgomery County Community College
Research, Design and Construction of an Efficient Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

William Brownlowe,Benjamin Sylvester,Julie Scott

Moraine Valley Community College
Withdrawal Pilot in Gateway Courses

Ryen Nagle,Sadya Khan,DeWitt Scott,Jo Ann Jenkins,Michelle August,Sam Chen,Sandra Gibbons,Larry Langellier

Ozarks Technical Community College
Guided Self-Placement

Matthew Simpson,Tracy McGrady,Vivian Elder,Hal Higdon,Drew Aberle,Jennifer Dunkel

Paradise Valley Community College
The Critical Thinking Academy

Felicia Ramirez,Christine Tabone,John Snelling,Heather Nothum,Sam Fraulino,Paul Dale,Denise DiGianfilippo,Tanisha Maxwell

Pensacola State College
Virtual Tutoring Program at Pensacola State College

Kirk Bradley,Michael Johnston,Brenda Kelly,Vasanth Ramachandran

Phoenix College
ASL Interpreter Preparation and Nursing Simulation Collaboration

Michelle Monahan,Cameo Hunsaker,April Fulton,Salina Bednarek,Dianne Miller

Richland College- DCCCD
Sole Hope Project

Dr. Sherry Dean,Lisa Graef,Craig Hinkle,Carol Kent,Jennifer Millspaugh Gray,Michelle Navarro,Dr. Kathleen Stephens,Melinda Andrews

Rio Salado College
Progress Monitoring Dashboard

Janelle Elias,Trung Tang

Rogue Community College
Engaging Students in a Flipped Classroom Through Video Simulation

Gary Heigel

San Diego Continuing Education
San Diego Rescue Mission Partnership

Michelle Fischthal,Maureen Rubalcaba,Kay Faulconer Boger

Santa Fe College
Reducing Student Loan Debt Through a Four-Prong Financial Aid Campaign

Naima Brown,Kamia Mwango,Ginger Gibson,Deborah Mills,Annette Hernandez,Natascha Carter,Rebecca Hall,Rhett Butler,Cathy Hyde,Deborah Scarboro,Deby Barth,Jeri McMillan,Susan Stalnaker,Peggy DeBow,Renee Williams,Sheree Locke,Chavon Crumpton,La'Kesha Ruff,John Chapman,Bill Penney,Nasrin Rezaei,Maura Daquila,Byron Burdette,Stephanie Holt

Scottsdale Community College
What’s My Why? Engaging Students in Exploring Their Purpose

Lisa Young,Andrea Scherrer,Walter Olsen,Betsy Ivester,Robert Martin,Sarah Risi,Brian Davis

Seattle Colleges
Neighborcare Health Dental Education Clinic at Pacific Tower

Sheila Edwards Lange

South Mountain Community College
Tickets to The Big Pitch: Everyone is Invited!

Bruce McHenry,Thomas Schumann,Caron Sada

South Texas College
Redesigning the Student Success Paradigm

Matthew Hebbard,David Plummer,Rick De la Garza,Christopher Nelson,Isaac Garza

St. Louis Community College
Technology Petting Zoo Expo

Stacey Lampman,Gwendolyn Nixon,Rosita Lewis,Phyllis Davis,Mea Hampton,Amy Bird,Jonathan Majors,John Furlong

University of the District of Columbia Community College
UDC-CC and MPD Historical Community Training Initiative

Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber

Valencia College
Computer Donation Program

Gerald Hensel,Heith Hennel,Dennis Hunchuck,Carin Gordon,John Slot,Jackie Lasch,Keith Hill,Eda Davis-Lowe

Wake Technical Community College
Launching North Carolina's First Associate Degree Program in Healthcare Simulation Technology

Lee Wittmann

Wallace State Community College
Career Services Guidebook

Jamie Blackmon


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