Info Sessions

The Community College Innovation Challenge – Why Your Students Should Apply?
February 8, 2024
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

The Community College Innovation Challenge is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; receive full travel support to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C.; and compete for cash awards of up to $3,000 per team member. Up to 12 finalist teams will be selected to attend the Innovation Boot Camp and receive coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills. Finalist teams also participate in a Student Innovation Session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry professionals. Join AACC and team mentors from the 2023 competition to learn about the CCIC, and why you should support a student team from your institution to apply by the April 2 deadline.

Ellen Hause, Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, AACC, DC
Kenneth Henry, Chemistry Instructor, West Hills College Coalinga, CA
Jacki Klancher, Professor, Environmental Science & Health, Central Wyoming College, WY
PJ Ricatto, PI, STEMatics, Bergen Community College, NJ
Martha Parham (Facilitator), Senior Vice President, Public Relations, AACC, DC

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To view the PPT, click here.

CCIC Application Idea Vetting Session
February 15, 2024
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Do you have an idea for applying to the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)? Do you have questions on the application process? Join us for an idea vetting and discussion session and talk with a former CCIC judge and student participant as well as representatives from the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges. Come share your project ideas and receive informal feedback as well as have the opportunity to ask questions about the CCIC application process.

To view the recording*, click here.
*(Note: Only the background information was recorded for this session so the students had the opportunity to vet and share their ideas).

To view the PPT, click here.