2023 Community College Month Student Logo Design Competition

Thank you for your interest in the #CCMonth logo-redesign competition hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)!

We are excited to see your creative ideas for a new logo for our nationwide grassroots campaign to bring attention to the value and benefits of community colleges.

The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2023.

Please read the information on this page prior to submitting your entry using the form below. 


About the Competition

#CCMonth is an annual monthlong campaign coordinated by ACCT that invites community colleges, their leaders and their students to bring attention to the importance, value and benefits of community colleges.

Each year, ACCT issues a comprehensive campaign communications toolkit that is used by hundreds of colleges as a starting point for their communications. The toolkit includes a #CCMonth logo that many colleges incorporate into their public outreach, usually alongside their own colleges’ logos. During each of the past two years, the #CCMonth campaign generated several million impressions, in addition to a great deal of local broadcast and online press, community events and other attention.

This year, we are looking to community college students to redesign this logo according to their visions so that we can bring attention to the talents of community college students and reward those talents.

About the Logo

The logo represents the spirit of the Community College Month campaign. This spirit is dignified but not too serious, institutional but not overly academic, and it should be eye catching when used alone in an online post or when combined with college logos.

Community College Month is largely an online, social media-based campaign that takes place throughout April. The logo should include both the full name “Community College Month” and the hashtag “#CCMonth,” as both of these terms are commonly used in campaign communications. Both of these should be legible at a relatively small scale.

Keeping these criteria in mind, we want to leave the door open for designers’ imaginative visions.

Contest Rules

The competition is open to current community college students or former community college students who studied graphic design or a related discipline and who completed their studies no earlier than spring of 2020. Former students qualify if they completed their studies at a community college no earlier than December of 2021. 

Submissions must be made electronically and include a vector-formatted image, including a full-color logo on a white background, a full-color logo on a transparent background, and a black-and-white logo on a transparent background. The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2023.

A team of community college leaders will serve as judges and will identify one winning logo design and two runners up. The winner will receive a $1,250 cash award; the first runner up will receive $500 and the second runner up will receive $250. Awards are supported by ACCT, Anthology, CLARUS Corporation, Edamerica, Ellucian and Ferrilli

All finalists will receive national recognition.

The winning design will be credited to the designer and will be made available to the public for incorporation into campaign outreach materials, including both printed and electronic promotions. The association will credit the logo to the winning student in a press release, the association's magazine and website, as well as through public recognitions of the logo-design contest and the announcement of finalists.

The invitation to submit a design shall not be deemed to constitute an offer by ACCT and shall not be binding upon ACCT. The competition does not obligate ACCT to pay for any costs that may be incurred by entrants in preparing their designs.

ACCT reserves the right to modify the terms for the competition, reject a submission for any reason at ACCT’s sole discretion, withdraw this invitation before or after submissions have been received, or decide not to select any submissions received in response to the competition notice.

Submissions shall not contain the protected intellectual property of third parties.

In exchange for contest consideration, any and all legal rights of title and ownership in submitted designs (including copyright protections) shall become the legal rights of ACCT. This shall include the rights to publish, transmit, modify, sell, distribute, and otherwise use the submitted designs throughout the world, in all languages and in all media now known or later developed, and to license or permit others to do so. By entering the competition you agree to allow the design to be entered into the public domain for these purposes.

We look forward to seeing your submissions and to identifying a new logo that will help us to bring attention to the value and benefits of community colleges throughout the country this April. Good luck!

How to Enter

Please use the form below to enter. 
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