Guidebook & Resources

Download the Community College Innovation Challenge Guidebook (PDF)

Download Tips for Submitting a Winning Video (PDF)

How to Save a Zoom Recording as an MP4

Past CCIC Winners

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) held the 2022 CCIC as an in-person event and the 2021 CCIC as a virtual event and competition. Prior to 2021, the CCIC was held from 2015-2018 managed by the NSF in partnership with AACC.

Please see below for photos and articles from past events and to obtain ideas from the types of projects represented.

Press Releases

AACC, NSF Announce 12 Student Teams to Advance to 2023 Community College Innovation Challenge Finals
AACC, NSF Announce Winning Teams of 2022 Community College Innovation Challenge
AACC, NSF Announce 12 Student Teams to Advance to Community College Innovation Challenge Finals
2022 CCIC Press Release



Championing the Innovation Challenge (2/16/2023)

Phi Theta Kappa blog post — CCIC Lifts 2022 Competitors (2/15/2023)

Final pitches and the CCIC winners (6/16/2022)

In Photos: The CCIC Poster Showcase (6/16/2022)

Boot Camp Prepares Teams for Competition (6/13/2022)

In Photos: Opening Day of the Boot Camp (6/13/2022)

12 college teams named CCIC finalists (4/28/2022) 

MNT-EC Principal Investigator Is a Fan of the Community College Innovation Challenge (2/9/2022)

CCIC opens opportunities for participants (2/1/2022)

Thumbs up: Mentors recommend CCIC to colleagues (2/1/2022)

Fostering STEM innovations (6/18/2021)

Finalists selected for Community College Innovation Challenge (5/11/2021)

AACC Launches Community College Innovation Challenge (2/18/2021)

The Community College Innovation Challenge returns (2/17/2021)

Developing business acumen among STEM students (02/27/2020)

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Article (1/30/2020)

CCIC Photo Gallery

Article on the 2018 CCIC – Learning to Take a STEM Idea to Scale

Submission Videos from 2022 CCIC Finalist Teams

College: Bergen Community College, NJ
Project: ScanCan – The Intelligent Recycling Bin 

College: College of Central Florida, FL
Project: True Wireless ECG

College: Columbus State Community College. OH
Project: Columbus Kinesthetics’

College: Des Moines Area Community College, IL
Project: The Social Student 

College: Front Range Community College, CO
Project: The Orca Oil-Separating & Bio-Filtration Vessel

College: Linn-Benton Community College, OR
Project: The Portable Air Shield System

College: Middlesex Community College. MA
Project: STEM-finder

College: Ohlone College, CA
Project: Wave Riders

College: Polk State College, FL
Project: Osmotically Reversing the Effects of Microplastics

College: San Antonio College, TX
Project: Ocular Horizon

College: Santa Monica College, CA
Project: Team Antiviral

College: SUNY Orange, NY
Project: Solar Absorption Repository (SAR)

Submission Videos from 2021 CCIC Finalist Teams

College: Austin Community College, TX
Project:  OASIS – Officer Aptitude & Stress Information System

College: Bergen Community College, NJ
Project: Electric Vehicle Conversion Project

College: Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY
Project: Designing VR Application for Autistic Children

College: Columbus State Community College, OH
Project: Greenago – Turning Colleges Green

College: Henry Ford College, MI
Project: Maskkito: A Sleek Nano Cleanser Mask

College: Itawamaba Community College, MS
Project: Achelous 

College: Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, IN
Project: ViruScan – The Pandemic Defender

College: Johnson County Community College, KS
Project: Increased Accessibility for Mobility Device Users

College: Nashua Community College, NH
Project: EnviroMask

College: Pasadena City College, CA
Project: The NanoBio mAB: A Nanoparticle-Antibody Cancer Therapeutic

College: Tarrant County College, TX
Project: In-Hive Mushroom Cultivator

College: Virginia Western Community College, VA
Project: Community Coral Project

Sample Submission Videos from 2015-2018 CCIC Finalist Teams

Forsyth Technical Community College, NC (2018)

Del Mar College, TX (2017)

Virginia Western Community College, VA (2016)

Indian River Community College, FL (2015)

Outreach Materials & Toolkit

Are you a student trying to recruit a team? Are you a faculty member, administrator, family member, or friend of a student who would be perfect for entering the CCIC? Do you attend a college who has a team or teams entering and want to help support your school? Below are some resources that may help you to get the word out.

Download CCIC Flyer (PDF)

Download CCIC Post Card (PDF)

Download Outreach Toolkit (PDF)