Mr. Warren Smith, Ms. Sheila McCants and Dr.Ken Ray earned top awards this fall at the
National Council on Student Development Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.
A special feature of the NCSD annual conference is the designation of exemplary practices aimed at furthering student development in community colleges. This process is named the Terry O'Banion Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Award, after the past President of the League for Innovation in the Community College and one of the most recognized and esteemed leaders of student development in higher education in the United States. Through this special application process, nominees present details of an existing or new program in terms of its goals, implementation approaches, and outcomes. Only the most outstanding proposals are selected to give presentations at the NCSD national conference wherein the winners are designated as Gold, Silver, and Bronze recipients. Programs given these awards are deemed outstanding because they are highly innovative and model best practices in the field, and because the evidence of effectiveness includes compelling results over time. Only programs judged to be truly outstanding will be recognized.
Mr. Warren Smith and Dr. Ken Ray received the GOLD award for their presentation: "Say it Loud! College Bound and Proud!"
Abstract Summary: The College-Bound Initiative began during the 2012 - 2013 school year through a partnership with the School District of Hillsborough County (Middleton High School), Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and the 100 Black Men of Tampa Bay as a collaborative effort to develop relevant strategic interventions to increase the postsecondary enrollment rates of Middleton High School seniors. Capitalizing on present relationships with Middleton as well as HCC's expanding college and career portfolio of degree and certificate programs for incoming high school graduates, the aim of this initiative was to use an existing coaching model to increase postsecondary enrollment rates among Middleton High School Class of 2013 graduates.
Ms. Sheila McCants and Dr. Ken Ray received the BRONZE award for their presentation: "LIfe, Liberty, Pursuit of Enrollment: Leveraging Relationships with Faith Based Communities"
Abstract Summary: HCC LIFE (Linking In Fellowship and Education) is a college initiative that focuses on developing relationships with churches in the service district and then leveraging those relationships to enhance enrollment. The initiative provides programmatic and outreach opportunities for the college as we support the community outreach efforts and goals of the local faith community. The end result is increased enrollment for the college and improved relationships with the local community.
Please congratulate them on this outstanding achievement!