National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is a non-profit organization for educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals to provide quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serve as advocates for "entrepreneurship movement.”
NACCE was founded in 2002. The organization held its inaugural conference in 2003 and has held annual national conferences each year ever since. It became a membership association in early 2006.
As a membership association, NACCE helps community colleges nationwide link their traditional role of workforce development with entrepreneurial development. Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges.
Creating economic vitality through entrepreneurship.
To create a community college culture that fosters economic vitality through entrepreneurship.
About Entrepreneurship Education at Community Colleges
The U.S. has 1,195 public, private and tribal community colleges and 11.5 million students are enrolled in these schools. Of these schools, 66% offer at least one course in Entrepreneurship, 14% offer an associate degree in Entrepreneurship, 19% offer a certificate in Entrepreneurship, 55% offer Entrepreneurship as continuing education, 26% offer a program in Entrepreneurship, and 20% host a small business development center. 1These students represent 46% of all U.S. undergraduates and 41% of first-time freshmen. 2The field of entrepreneurship education first emerged in the 1970's, with the first courses at community colleges starting in the early 70's.
Entrepreneurship education programs at community colleges have two student types: students enrolled in the formal education system and the "out of school" potential and existing business owners.
1 Source: Study conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana.
2 Source: American Association of Community Colleges