Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network - AACC

Last Updated: 04/04/2024

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Launched in 2022, the 18-month Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network Initiative is designing and building Artificial Intelligence (AI) Incubators across the U.S.  Managed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the approach draws on the expertise and industry-connections of community colleges. Participating colleges are part of a national dialogue and have access to a variety of resources including:

  • Monthly discussions led in one of three cohorts:
    • Cohort A: Colleges seeking to design and build an AI Incubator as a physical laboratory on the campus.
    • Cohort B: Colleges seeking to design and build an AI Incubator in a virtual platform.
    • Cohort C: Colleges seeking to design and build a hybridized AI Incubator in both virtual and on-campus scenarios.
  • State-specific (or regional where appropriate) opportunities to connect with AACC on strategic economic development related to AI Incubators.
  • Strategies on student engagement into AI programming, and shared lessons about student projects between and among the participating colleges.
  • Best practices from the field of AI Incubation as identified by AACC, Intel, Dell, and other industry-relevant partners such as:
    • AI learning content, course exercises, instructional videos, data sets, authentic learning experiences, pre-packaged modules for courses, etc.
    • Pathways to credit and non-credit bearing courses, certificates, associate degree programs, bachelor’s degree programs, course sequencing, etc.
    • Strategies for identifying the program delivery style that will best suit each campus (virtual, hybrid, and in-person labs).
    • Train-the-trainer faculty programs to prepare faculty to teach the AI content.

Participating Colleges

  • Harper College
  • Rockland Community College
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast College
  • Wayne Community College
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Manchester Community College
  • Umpqua Community College
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Jefferson College
  • Grand Rapids Community College

Partners / Funders

  • Managed by the American Association of Community Colleges
  • Funding support from Dell Technologies and Intel.

Relation to Ecosystem

Given AI’s increasing importance across multiple occupations and industry sectors, community colleges have a key role to play in incorporating AI learning content into their courses and pathways.  Networking among colleges and employers is a proven strategy for accelerating innovations in the learn-and-work ecosystem.



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