Alamo Colleges' I-BEST Program Wins National Bellwether Award
For the third time in five years, the Alamo Colleges has been chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA)
to receive the national Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. This year, the Alamo Colleges' Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program won in the Workforce Development category. The Alamo Colleges is one of only two community colleges to win the award three times and the only winner to have won the award two years in a row. The Alamo Colleges received the 2012 Bellwether Award in the Planning, Governance and Finance category, was a finalist in the Workforce Development category in 2013 and 2015, and won in 2015 in the Workforce Development category for the Alamo Academies.
This recognition places the Alamo Colleges in a select group of leading community colleges. In almost two decades, there have been thousands of applicants, but only 53 winners honored with the Bellwether Award. The I-BEST program was one of only 10 finalists selected from the hundreds of applications received for this year's award.
The I-BEST program is a unique initiative that provides students with the basic skills (reading, writing, math and/or English) needed for college success, along with technical training that prepares them for a good-paying job in a high-demand career field. Find out more at alamo.edu/ibest.
"In more than 1,200 national community colleges, the Bellwether Award is one of the highest honors an institution can receive. The awards are similar to being selected by your peers for the Oscar® or Emmy® awards," said Dale F. Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. "Leaders of past winning programs have obtained 'free agency' status through the demonstrated results their programs have made. Leaders from the winning institution are often recruited by other colleges to replicate the award-winning program. They also receive hundreds of phone calls and visits by other colleges wanting to replicate the success of their program."