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Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Phone: (850) 245-0413

Chancellor Holcombe Presents the Florida College System Best Practice Awards
~ Institutions highlighted for exceptional approaches to student learning ~

ORLANDO – Chancellor of The Florida College System, Dr. Will Holcombe today presented the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards to three Florida colleges during the 60th Annual Florida Association of Community Colleges Convention (FACC) in Orlando. The awards are based on each college’s innovative approach to areas such as academic affairs, student affairs and workforce education.

“Each member of The Florida College System plays a critical role in preparing a workforce that will meet the job demands of the 21st Century,” said State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair. “The programs being honored today have gone above and beyond to develop learning environments that provide this type of preparation and serve as excellent models for other institutions to follow.”

To be eligible for this recognition, college program directors submitted detailed descriptions of their programs to the Division of Florida Colleges. Professional staff at the Department of Education then evaluated the submissions and made recommendations to the Chancellor. Award winners are as follows:

  • Academic Affairs
    Equine Studies Program Without Horses
    Central Florida Community College
  • Student Affairs
    First-Year Experience F.A.C.E. Program
    Miami Dade College
  • Workforce Education
    Enriched Clinical Experiences Using Free Clinics
    Northwest Florida State College

“These institutions continue to do outstanding work and I applaud them for their ongoing commitment to student achievement,” said Chancellor Holcombe. “The Best Practice Awards give much-needed recognition to these exceptional programs and allow us to learn from proven strategies that will raise the level of performance for our whole system.”

The Florida College System’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 allows users 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