Innovation Grants

The Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation (Committee on Scholarships and Grants) is happy to announce the recipients of the 2015 Innovation Grant Awards. Seven proposals were submitted and the committee funded four of the projects. The Foundation is awarding a total of $5,000 to support these varied and creative endeavors.


Below are descriptions of the projects that are chosen for funding:


“Making Art Work on Cape Cod,” submitted by Dean Lore DeBower

Events are planned for the spring of 2016 and will showcase the career pathways, strategies and work of musicians, performing artists and visual artists who are currently working artists. The events will allow students and other audience3s to engage with these artists and learn from their experiences. This is one element of a campus-wide effort to engage students in discussing viable career strategies for those who are considering making a living from their art on Cape Cod and region.

Award: $500



“Open 4Cs,” submitted by Jeanmarie Fraser, Mary LaBombard, Tim Gerolami

Although a few faculty members have dabbled with the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in courses, the Open 4Cs project would be the first institutional investment in the use of OER at CCCC. These resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, sharing, and/or adapting. In other words, open resources are free resources. This is a collaborative project involving librarians and faculty to encourage the use of OER at the College. Interested faculty will submit proposals nominating classes for adopting OER. The goal is to have in the Fall 2016, up to four new courses available to students with zero textbook costs.

Award: $1,500



“Travel and Study Tour in Cuba,” submitted by Christine Esperson

SPN 126 provides CCCC students with the opportunity to travel and study in a Spanish-speaking country. Students earn one college credit through a study program in Cuba. This international program will develop a stronger multicultural awareness by helping students navigate the world beyond Cape Cod. Many of our students are first-generation college students and most have never traveled outside the U.S. They are obliged to use their Spanish language skills on this trip.

Award: $1,500 (divided among students only)



“Is there an ‘app’ for that? Creating a CCCC mobile app for student life and campus activities,” submitted by David Biggs

Campus participation in student activities and co-curricular programs is vibrant. Speaker series featuring local dignitaries sponsored by student clubs, an active Food Pantry run by students to assist the needy, and several social projects run by organizations demonstrate that college life is alive and well. Coordinating these events and marketing them to students in the absence of a campus event specialist is a difficult task. A campus app, which students would access on their mobile devices, would be an effective tool to enhance this trend. The app development would be coordinated with a consortium of other campuses.

Award: $1,500