1. Integration of Academic and Technical Skills -

    applying infusion, paired, learning community design or other models to successfully blend academic and technical learning.
  2. Outstanding Collaboration with Business and Industry -

    Designing training to meet specific industry needs; incorporating industry input into curriculum, expanding training to encourage development of new opportunities, securing endorsement from local businesses, and integrating classroom learning with work based learning.
  3. Creative Use of Instructional Technology –

    Using advanced technology to enhance classroom learning and provide students current, high quality tools and processes.
  4. Flexible Class Scheduling –

    Offering classes so that they are convenient for students to attend; conducting training at worksite locations or at special hours to accommodate workers.
  5. State of the Art Curriculum and Competencies -

    Structuring courses in award modules that correspond with professional opportunities; aligning lessons with industry-recognized skill standards; delineating clear career pathways that facilitate multiple entry and exit points to accommodate people at different stages in their career development, and requiring demonstration of competencies of industry-recognized skills.
  6. Successful Encouragement of Special Populations -

    Increasing opportunities to students in areas that are not traditional for their gender, ethnicity, or economic background; targeted recruitment of special populations into training for high-tech, high demand occupations; promoting new alternatives to traditional practices.
  7. Best Marketing and Recruitment for Vocational/Technical Career Programs -

    Implementing innovative recruitment activities to raise the awareness of high school students and other career seekers about program offerings at the colleges; articulating career pathways with high schools.
  8. Best Community Collaboration and Service –

    Program design that integrates service learning and volunteerism in the community or partnerships with community-based organizations, business and industry, or secondary education.
  9. Most Promising New Workforce Program–
    Degree, Certificate, or Skill Award that has demonstrated exemplary performance in three or more of the above categories. (This category alternates each year with Best Track Record – Program with sustainable performance over two or more years demonstrating most successful student outcomes of enrollment, skill attainment, degrees or certificates earned and career success).
  10. Best Workforce Development Program –

    This award is given to the best of the winners of the above 9 categories.