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Finalists Announced for April Awards Ceremony In Roanoke

RICHMOND – The VCCS Office of Professional Development and New Horizons Awards Committee are pleased to present the 12 finalists that will compete for the coveted VCCS New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards. These finalists were selected from 26 submitted nominees.



The Advance College Academy: A Comprehensive Dual Enrollment Partnership –  J. Sargeant Reynolds—Henrico

Rethinking SDV 100 – Jump Start to College Success –  Mountain Empire

Innovation Community Exchange (ICE) –  New River

The Great Expectations Student Leadership Program: A Unique Hybrid Learning Experience –  VCCS System Office


Educating Students to Success though Failure: Lessons from Designing by Iteration –  New River

OTIS (Open Text Initiative System) –  New River

Open Online Homework System for VCCS Chemistry and Biology Courses –  Piedmont Virginia

Improving Student Engagement Through the Use of Chroma Key/Green Screen Technology –  Southside Virginia—Keysville


Northern Virginia – Extended Learning Institute –  Northern Virginia—Annandale

SCALE (Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence) –  Patrick Henry

Write Here, Write Now: Creating a Culture of Writing at PVCC –  Piedmont Virginia

New Virginians: Engaging with Global/Local Community –  Thomas Nelson—Hampton


Finalists will display their projects to the public during opening festivities of the New Horizons annual meeting – the premier teaching and learning conference of Virginia’s Community Colleges – at the Hotel Roanoke on Wednesday, April 1st. Winners will be announced at the New Horizons Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 2nd.

The EIE award acknowledges academic engagement, technology and innovation that enhances student success. “These strategies represent real outside-the-box thinking and the faculties that develop them deserve recognition because they enrich our students’ academic experience in so many different ways and on some many different levels,” said Dr. Abigail Stonerock, director of faculty development.

New Horizons is the single largest gathering of Virginia Community College teachers, researchers, administrators, and professionals. In 2014, New Horizons hosted over 900 attendees including representatives from all VCCS colleges, for over 180 hours of programming, 10 live-streamed sessions, 35+ exhibitors, and honored 12 Excellence in Education Award finalists.


About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 405,000 students each year. For more information, please visit