The finalists for the 2017 Bellwether Awards were notified last month, and they will present their innovative programs at the Futures Assembly January 29-31. Every year I am inspired by the thoughtful, innovative, and collaborative initiatives designed and implemented at community colleges across the US. This year I had the opportunity to interview the three winning colleges and learn more about how their programs are leading the way for community colleges across the nation. The stories are varied, but these community colleges are all meeting the diverse needs of their student populations. So as we get ready for the next year’s winners to be reviewed and then announced, I thought a great way to build excitement would be to look at the 2016 winners.