The 10 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)
finalist teams proudly displayed their projects at a Capitol
Hill reception in Washington, D.C., in June. They also participated in a multi-day boot camp where, among other things,
they learned how to pitch their products. The finalist teams
spent months at their home colleges on projects focusing on three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and
Environment and Security Technologies.
What they developed may end up changing the world.
Del Mar College (Texas) was named the first-place winner
in the competition. They created a spray that can slow
antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Second-place winner
Red Rocks Community College’s Cyber Lab Learning
Environment demonstrates how students can learn in the
safety of student-created cyber labs.
Other projects included inexpensive, easily fabricated tiny
houses for the homeless from California’s Laney College; an
alternative biofuel made from yard waste from students at
Michigan’s Henry Ford College; and a water filtration device
made from recycled plastics from Corning Community College
in New York.
CCIC is presented by the American Association of
Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation.
Both Apple and IBM are bringing job
training to community colleges.
Apple launched an app development curriculum for students
interested in pursuing careers in the
fast-growing app economy. The
curriculum is available as a free
download from Apple’s iBooks Store.
Students at six community colleges
will learn to code and design fully
functional apps, gaining critical job
skills in software development and
information technology. At some
of the campuses, local businesses
will also offer students mentoring
and internships. Learn more: apple.
IBM, America’s largest technology
employer, will expand partnerships
with numerous community colleges
to better prepare more Americans
for “new collar” career opportunities. In these well-paying roles,
in-demand technology skills are
valued more than credentials. IBM
and community colleges will work
together curricula design for next
generation IT skills. Get the details:
Help to navigate NSF-ATE Grant
Does your STEM faculty have an idea for improving technician education that needs
funding? If you answered in the affirmative—and your college has never had a grant
from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, or has not had a grant in seven years—Mentor-Connect can move that promising
concept toward reality.
Mentor-Connect provides mentoring, in-person and virtual technical support and digital resources to prepare competitive ATE grant proposals. Forty-four colleges, 63 percent
of the first four Mentor-Connect cohorts, have received grants for innovative programs
that develop well-qualified technicians for high-tech fields. Administrators report other
positive outcomes from the leadership skills that Mentor-Connect teaches faculty.
Applications for the 2018 cohort are due October 13, 2017. Learn more at http://www.
mentor-connect.org and view the orientation webinar on September 13.
Public associate degree-granting institutions have the highest proportion of
women and minority presidents of any type of higher education institution,
according to a survey of U.S. college and university presidents by the American
Council on Education (ACE). Thirty-six percent of associate college presidents are
women and 20 percent are minorities, says the survey, which looks at presidential
demographics, search and selection processes, career trajectories, and duties and
responsibilities, among other topics. Among all public and private U.S. colleges
and universities, three out of 10 college presidents are women, and fewer than
one in five are racial/ethnic minorities.
The survey also revealed that funding remains a key issue for most college and
All the findings are available online: bit.ly/1Sx9SJn
Survey says: Associate-
degree colleges have most