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November 14, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Chancellor Holcombe Presents Community College Best Practice Awards

ORLANDO – Department of Education Division of Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Will Holcombe today presented the first-ever Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards to four Florida community colleges during the 58th Annual Florida Association of Community Colleges Convention in Orlando. The awards are based on each college’s innovative approach to areas such as academic affairs, student affairs, workforce education and business partnerships.

“I applaud these institutions for their outstanding commitment to student achievement,” said Chancellor Holcombe. “These awards give much-needed recognition to the exceptional work being done by Florida’s community colleges. We can all learn from these award-winning strategies and raise the level of performance for our whole system.”

To be eligible for this recognition, college program directors submitted detailed descriptions of their programs to the Division of Community College’s Best Practices Web site. Professional staff at the Department of Education then evaluated the submissions and made recommendations to the Chancellor.

Award winners are as follows:

  • Academic Affairs Palm Beach
    Community College
    Alternative Scheduling/Combined Courses program

    St. Petersburg College
    New Initiative Program (NIP)

  • Student Affairs
    Miami Dade College
    Innovations in Student Services program

  • Workforce Education
    St. Petersburg College
    Managing the WEB: Workforce, Education and Business program

  • Exemplary Partnership
    Indian River Community College

The Community College’s Best Practices Web site provides helpful information to assist community college leaders in developing and implementing innovative solutions to challenges facing their institutions. The site is utilized to learn about new techniques, improve processes, find solutions to problems, obtain assistance in creating new programs or in making current programs more effective, and to enhance marketing and outreach efforts. Additionally, the site provides an opportunity for all users to access information on successful educational programs/strategies and to engage in knowledge sharing. For more information, please visit