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SMCC Announced as 2015 Bellwether Award Finalist

Phoenix, AZ – December 5, 2014 – The Community College Futures Assembly announced yesterday ten outstanding community college programs (in each of its three categories) as the Finalists to compete for the 2015 Bellwether Awards. The Assembly had issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2014, and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. The field of Bellwether nominations was very competitive this year with over 300 Bellwether applications. Prior to the application process, about 1,000 community college programs were nominated from a wide range of agencies including peer institutions, conferences, and the media.

South Mountain Community College was selected as a finalist in the area of Instructional Programs and Services, co-sponsored by the National Council of Instructional Administrators for it’s program “From Rhetoric to Reality: Innovating for Success at a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution”. This category represents programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college. In addition to SMCC, the Maricopa Community College District was also selected as finalists in this category for it’s Maricopa “Millions OER Project: Scaling Use of ExtraOERdinary Materials”.

Representatives from SMCC will present at the Assembly on January 26th, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Winners will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts within each category. The winners will be announced on Jan. 27th at the annual meeting in Orlando.

For more information, consult the Community College Futures Assembly website,



South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite locations, SMCC’s Guadalupe Center and SMCC’s Laveen Center. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

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