ACC continues its work building an artificial intelligence (AI) incubator after receiving a grant last summer to develop one. The college was one of only 15 selected nationwide to receive grant funding to join the national AI Incubator Network.

Since then, the college started training faculty on how to incorporate AI into their curriculum. 13 ACC faculty representing a wide range of disciplines signed up to participate and will receive a stipend as part of the grant. These faculty members include:

  • Heather Barfield, Drama
  • Moises Cases, Advanced Technology
  • Tasha Davis, Communication Studies
  • Manuel Duran, Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Linnea Fletcher, Biotechnology
  • Lei Ji, Economics
  • Deja Hill, Sociology & Social Work
  • Nabeel Khan, Computer Information Technology
  • Franklin Marciales, Hospitality Management 
  • Kristopher Marcus, Mathematics
  • Antonio Ramirez, Philosophy
  • Rosalba Schramm, Engineering Technology and Continuing Education
  • Catherine Tien, Dental Hygiene

This spring, the college is using grant funding to purchase computer equipment for the new AI incubator, which will be housed in the Highland Campus ACCelerator. The computers and teaching stations will have enhanced computing capabilities to facilitate AI work and will support curriculum development.

The grant was awarded by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Dell Technologies, and Intel, as part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Incubator Network initiative to design and build AI incubators in community colleges and technical schools across the country. Learn more here