Innovation of the Year Awards

Celebrating Community College Innovation

Established over 30 years ago, this award recognizes significant community college innovations that improve the ability of institutions to serve their students and communities. MORE>

John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards

Honoring Excellence Among Community College Professionals

Named in recognition of the outstanding contributions of John and Suanne Roueche to the community college field, this award celebrates faculty and staff who exemplify exceptional teaching and leadership. MORE>

Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards

Championing Outstanding Technology Students

This award recognizes and supports deserving students who have special talent in technology, who have a strong financial need, and who are passionate about pursuing careers in technology. MORE>

Latest Updates

March 2019
Jon Alexiou, President, EduVizion Consulting, LLC, was presented with the ETS O’Banion Prize at the League’s Innovations Conference on Monday, February 25. Dr. Rufus Glasper, President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, awarded Alexiou for his contributions to higher education during his 40+ year career. Alexiou’s primary areas of expertise, building on his distinguished career in higher education and in the private sector, include the use of technology and distance learning in education, workforce development, international education, and the role of community...
March 2019
Established over 30 years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year Award was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations at League Board and Alliance member colleges. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. Each year, community college programs, practices, and partnerships and the faculty, staff, and administrators who create and implement them, are celebrated for their innovative approach to serving students and communities across the nation and internationally. In 2012, the League...
March 2019
Jerry Sue Thornton, President and CEO, Dream Catcher Educational Consulting, and President Emeritus, Cuyahoga Community College, received the 2018 John E. Roueche and Terry O’Banion International Leadership Award at the League for Innovation in the Community College’s Innovations Conference in New York, New York, February 24, 2019. This award is presented to outstanding individuals whose accomplishments and professional contributions to higher education and the community college field are recognized as motivational, inspirational, and transformational. Dr. Thornton is a breakthrough leader...
March 2019
Established over 30 years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year Award was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations at League Board and Alliance member colleges. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. This award is designed to recognize innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the ability of institutions to serve students and the community and to honor the faculty, staff, and administrators who have created and implemented them. Granting this...
February 2019
Three outstanding technology students were honored with Terry O’Banion Student Technology Awards at the League’s Innovations Conference on Sunday, February 24. Named for the League’s president emeritus, Dr. Terry U. O’Banion, the two awards—Student Developer Champion and Student Technology Champion—celebrate the achievements of community college students pursuing careers in technology fields. Each honoree received a $2,500 scholarship and a commemorative plaque.  The Student Developer Champion award, presented annually to a student preparing for a career in software development, was awarded...
February 2019
The Riegelman Award for Guided Learning Pathways to the Health Professions was presented to the College of Western Idaho at the League’s 2019 Innovations Conference in New York, New York. Rhonna Krouse, associate professor in the Health Science department, accepted the award on behalf of the college. This award honors a community college curricular framework and plan for the implementation and evaluation of guided learning pathways that lead to two or more health professions, such as nursing, allied health, and public health. The 2019 award was presented at the general session on Tuesday,...

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