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Why Community College Presidents Value the Impact of NACCE

NACCE is proud that some of our strongest advocates are community college presidents. As their colleges strive to foster economic development of their communities, these leaders appreciate NACCE’s role as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and business incubation.


Here are a few testimonials from presidents around the country, about why they value NACCE so highly.

Gail E. Carberry, Ed.D.
President, Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester, MA 

"In a world of global economic interactions, the local community is still where America's business interests lie. Upwards of 70% of US businesses employ fewer than 100 employees, and such entrepreneurial ventures are the back bone of local economies. Community and technical colleges are uniquely positioned to marry the technical skills of today with the unique education of small business management to drive new venture creation. NACCE cuts the learning curve for our faculty to bring such innovations into the classroom...and subsequently into our communities.”


Felix T. Haynes, Ed. D.
President, Plant City Campus Hillsborough Community College
Tampa, Fl

"I have been a member of NACCE for three years, and I have attended their last three national conferences. The knowledge and contacts I have gained through NACCE have been vital in developing and marketing a new program at Hillsborough Community College in Business Development and Entrepreneurship. I would strongly recommend that other community colleges that are interested in starting or strengthening a similar program join NACCE and become active in it.”

Ronald E. Thomas, Ph.D.
President Dakota County Technical College
Rosemount, MN

"By working with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Dakota County Technical College has been able to develop and refine a Business Entrepreneurship program that has not only produced two NACCE Entrepreneurs of the Year, but also scores of graduates who have gone on to start successful businesses. We have also instilled entrepreneurial concepts in the curricula of our college's other 49 technical programs, giving our grads one more powerful tool to help them find traction in their chosen professions. NACCE's far-reaching networking capacity and wonderful resources have been instrumental in the process.”

Sheila Ortego, Ph. D.
President Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe, NM

"NACCE is the only national organization specifically devoted to promote entrepreneurship training in the higher education context. It provides valuable opportunities for networking, curriculum sharing, and best practices in program design.”


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