Achieving the Dream Institutions Recognized at AACC Annual Conference

2015 Coca-Cola New Century Scholars

The New Century Scholars program was established in 2001 to recognize the top scoring student from each state who are nominated by college presidents for the All-USA Community College Academic Team program. From a pool of more than 1,700 nominees, 50 students were selected as the 2015 Coca-Cola New Century Scholars. Achieving the Dream would like to congratulate the students from the Network for this incredible achievement.  

Florida Hawaii Indiana Massachusetts

Zeinab Noureddine Vazquez
Miami Dade College

Karla Ramo
Leeward Community College
Jacob Hornung-Betz
Ivy Tech Community College
Quan Nguyen
Bunker Hill Community College
New York North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania

Anastassiya Neznanova
LaGuardia Community College

Paulette Gardner
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Hannah Kiraly
Cuyahoga Community College

Aaron Rosengarten
Northampton Community College

South Carolina Texas Wisconsin  

Caroline France
Greenville Technical College

Jhoalmo Sibrian
Tarrant County College

Ryan Boyer
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College



AACC Awards of Excellence Winners

The 2015 AACC Awards of Excellence winners were announced on April 20, 2015, chosen for their exceptional work toward the student success agenda. Achieving the Dream is very proud to recognize members of the Network who were recognized in the following categories.

Community College Safety Planning and Leadership

Winner - Brookhaven College
The college’s Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is tasked with addressing safety protocols, behavioral intervention, preparedness and timely response. The team of qualified college professionals addresses students or staff who display mental, emotional or psychological behavior that might be disruptive, hurtful to themselves or others. The college has invested in the team with the leadership, infrastructure, and ongoing training that has resulted in 1,185 students and contacts receiving help. Brookhaven College is led by Thom Chesney. "There is a tremendous team behind this award," Chesney said, adding that the college's board has the goal: "minimize every risk you can." Finalist - Cuyahoga Community College

Exemplary CEO/Board

Winner - Eastern Gateway Community College
President Laura Meeks and the college’s board of trustees are working to guarantee access, equity, and affordability for all students. This has led to increased student retention while maintaining a balanced budget, even while state funding has decreased and the college was experiencing a boom in enrollment. "Our board is very good at holding us accountable for ensuring that our students will learn and succeed," Meeks said. That is critical because "a better education means a better life."

Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership

Winner - Bunker Hill Community College
The innovative Learn and Earn paid internship program has allowed the college to partner with top employers to give students opportunities for valuable on-the-job training. The program promotes student accessibility, diversity, retention and completion. Ninety percent of interns transfer to a four-year institution after earning their associate degree, and 40 percent extend their employment. 

Student Success

Winner - Lee College
The Student Success to the Core initiative engages every level of the organization, as well as the community, to create a college-going culture and a successful student experience. The college, led by Dennis Brown, won in the Student Success category. Among the services offered, student mentors, career advising, and individualized case managers help students from the moment they connect with Lee College to graduation, and on to the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. Lee College's student success initiatives are a team effort, Brown said during the gala. The college leaders are guided by the belief that "every student has a right to an education, and every student has a right to succeed." Finalist - Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College - Community College Safety Planning and Leadership
Greenville Technical College - Emerging Leadership
Lee College - Exemplary CEO/Board
San Jacinto College - Faculty Innovation
Anne Arundel Community College - Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership

Find out more about the Awards of Excellence here.

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