Dr. Dale Campbell, Professor and Director, Institute of Higher Education & FUTURES Bellwether College Consortium, University of Florida, Dr. Yvonne Katz, Vice-Chair, Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees, Gene Bowman, Alamo Academies Executive Director, Klaus Weiswurm, Alamo Academies board member and past board chair, Adam Arroyo, Lockheed Martin Contract Negotiator and Alamo Academies graduate and Kirk White, Director, Center for Healthcare Professionals, Houston Community College Coleman College for Health Sciences and Immediate Past President National Council for Continuing Education & Training (NCCET). 

From the University of Florida College of Education Bellwether Winner Press Release: JANUARY 27, 2015




LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL—The 2015 Community College Futures Assembly (http://education.ufl.edu/futures/) announced the winners of the 21st annual Bellwether Awards at their annual policy summit showcasing the competitively selected leading edge programs in community colleges worthy of replicating.

The winners are: the Norco College (CA) in the Instructional Programming and Services (IPS) category, Flathead Valley Community College (MT) in the Planning, Governance, and Finance (PGF) category, and Alamo Colleges, San Antonio (TX ) in the Workforce Development (WD) category.

“In more than 1,200 national community colleges this is one of the highest honors an institution can receive. The awards are similar to being selected by your peers for the Oscar ®” or Emmy® Award,” said Dale, F. Campbell, Professor and Director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. “Leaders of past winning programs have obtained ‘free agency’ status through the demonstrated results their programs have made. Leaders from the winning institution are often recruited by other colleges to replicate the award-winning program. They also receive hundreds of phone calls and visits by other colleges wanting to replicate the success of their program.”

The Workforce Development (WD) category recognizes programs that create public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development. Alamo Colleges, San Antonio presented a project called “Alamo Academies – An Industry-Driven, Higher Education Program of Studies, Workforce and Economic Development Partnership: Boosting the School-to-Careers Pipeline.” Alamo Academies – An internationally recognized partnership between higher education and industry providing at-risk youth with tuition-free career pathways into critical demand technical STEM occupations. The program utilizes contextualized industry-driven curricula resulting in 95% of graduates entering higher education or high-wage careers in Aerospace, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Health and Heavy Equipment. For more information on this program please contact: Gene Bowman, PHONE (210) 485 0826, EMAIL: obowman@alamo.edu.

The Community College Futures Assembly has been held annually in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at the Hilton Hotel and serves as an independent policy summit, to identify the critical issues facing community college leaders, while showcasing leading edge programs with demonstrated results, worthy of replicating. This year approximately 1,000 programs were nominated nationwide with over 300 applications received.   Peer-reviewed committees judge entries in each of the three categories to select ten finalists to go to Lake Buena Vista to present and showcase their programs. In the last two decades only 53 winning programs have been honored programs with the prestigious Bellwether Award.

The Institute of Higher Education is an official affiliate of the University of Florida and the College of Education. Founded in 1906 the College of Education consistently ranks in the top 25 among public education schools in the elite Association of American Universities. The Institute of Higher Education (IHE) at the University of Florida sponsors the Community College Futures Assembly annually. The IHE and Higher Education Administration program, through the Community College Futures Assembly, continue in this long tradition of conducting policy research, preparing leaders for community college teaching and administration while partnering with affiliate educational organizational bodies and entities nationally to showcase trend-setting programs worthy of replication.