Community College Innovation Challenge seeks student innovators

March 1, 2021

The American Association of Community Colleges, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is hosting the 2021 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The CCIC is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator mentor, use STEM to innovate solutions to real-world problems; participate in a Virtual Innovation Boot Camp; and compete for cash awards.

The Virtual Innovation Boot Camp provides professional development, mentoring, and coaching designed to build communication and entrepreneurial skills. This can help students advance their innovations in both the public and private sectors. The Boot Camp culminates in a virtual poster session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry professionals to determine the first, second, and third-place winning teams. Submissions are due by April 20, 2021.

To learn more or apply, visit For questions, e-mail Join the conversation online using #CCIChallenge2021.