The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; participate in an Innovation Boot Camp; and compete for cash awards.
The Boot Camp provides professional development, mentoring, and coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills to help students advance their innovations in both the private and public sectors. The event culminates in a poster session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry and entrepreneurial professionals to determine the first, second, and third place winning teams.
The national CCIC is designed to enable community college students to discover and demonstrate their capacity to use STEM to make a difference in the world and to translate that knowledge into action.
Teams of 2 to 4 community college students with an interest in STEM innovation, entrepreneurialism, and in making a difference; a faculty or administrator team mentor.
Submit from January 12 – March 30, 2022. Required attendance at an Innovation Boot Camp for student finalists and team mentors to be held June 13-16, 2022 in the Washington, D.C. metro area with full travel support provided.
To foster the development of crucial innovation, communication, and entrepreneurial skills to initiate real-world change; network with national student teams, STEM leaders, industry representatives, and entrepreneurs; and compete for cash awards for your STEM innovation!
Contact the CCIC team at CCIC@aacc.nche.edu
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