December 11, 2017
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is one of 10 community colleges in the nation selected as a finalist for the 2018 Bellwether Awards in the WorkForce Development (WD) category for their entry, “THIS IS US: True ‘Partnership’ – It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it!”. The College has been competitively selected to compete for the prestigious award at the upcoming Community College Futures Assembly.
The WorkForce Development (WD) category focuses on public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development. Bevill State’s entry highlights the public/private partnership with Alabama Power Company and the joint internship program at the Technical Education Center on the BSCC Sumiton campus.
The Bellwether Awards are an integral part of the Community College Futures Assembly, established in 1995. The Assembly is sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida and focuses on cutting-edge, trendsetting programs that other colleges might find worthy of replicating. The Bellwether Awards are given annually in three categories to colleges with outstanding and innovative programs or practices.
The Bellwether Award has been compared to football's Heisman Award because it is competitively judged and is an award given by peers in community colleges, with no cash award. It has also been called "the award of awards" because many institutions with programs that have won other awards apply for the Bellwether Award. Moreover, previous recipients of the Bellwether Award have said that it has been a springboard for other types of recognition and/or funding.
Bellwether Finalists were officially announced via webinar on Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 12:30pm.
As a Bellwether Finalist Winner, Bevill State will present their program at an Assembly on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Hilton Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Finalists will be honored at the Bellwether Finalist Awards reception on Monday evening, January 29th from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The 2018 Bellwether Award Winners will be announced at the Closing Session & Bellwether Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, January 30th at 12:00 pm.