What Is the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge?
Through the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge, community college presidents commit to advance entrepreneurship in their communities and create an entrepreneurial culture on their campus and multiple access points to support local startups and small businesses.
Our goal is to ensure that community colleges are involved in one of the most pivotal conversations about what they can do to advance economic prosperity in this country. There are three reasons why this is important:
- Expanding entrepreneurship is vital to building a vibrant and sustainable economy.
- Community colleges are ideally positioned to lead in furthering entrepreneurship based on accessibility, strong ties to local communities, affordability, and diversity of student populations.
- Moving beyond the traditional role of workforce development, community colleges can advance local ecosystems by fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and supporting entrepreneurs and job creation.
Several community college presidents who signed NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) met at AACC’s Annual Convention in San Antonio.
NACCE recently announced the results of a national assessment of the PFEP. Click here for the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Validation Report.
Pictured (from left to right)
Front Row - Dr. Cristobal "Cris" Valdez, Central Wyoming College; Dr. Edwin R. Massey, Indian River State College; Dr. Eugene Giovannini. Maricopa Community College; Dr. Angeline Godwin, Patrick Henry Community College Second Row - Dr. Lorraine Morales, Pima Community College- Community Campus; Dr. Kristine Duffy, SUNY/Adirondack; Dr. Lee D. Lambert, Pima Community College; Dr. Charles “Chuck”Terrell, Eastern WV Community and Technical College; Dr. Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College Third Row - Dr. Barbara Jones, South Arkansas Community College; Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, Bucks County Community College; Dr. Zachary Hodges, Houston Community College – Northwest; Dr. Guy Altieri, Hagerstown Community College Fourth Row - Dr. John J. Rainone, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; Dr. Dorey Diab, North Central State College; Dr. Douglas Allen, Ridgewater College; Dr. Kevin Drumm, SUNY/Broome; Dr. Bryan Albrecht, Gateway Technical College; Dr. John. R. Madden, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell
NACCE’S Role & Commitment Vision
Entrepreneurship is a key building block for economic prosperity. NACCE believes that entrepreneurship is the way to prepare students of all economic and social backgrounds to take on the role of entrepreneur. Serving nearly half of all undergraduates in the United States, community colleges are ideally suited to take the lead in developing future entrepreneurs based on their accessibility, strong ties to the local community, affordability and the diversity of their student base.
In 2010, NACCE elevated this discussion by bringing community colleges to the table with well-respected entrepreneurship-focused organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation, the Coleman Foundation, and the White House-led Startup America (now UP America), to build on existing opportunities and create new ones. Through the resulting NACCE Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge, community college presidents commit to advancing entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses and providing access points to support local startups and small businesses. These actions foster entrepreneurship by exposing and inciting individuals to create their own jobs and in many instances, create jobs for others, thus enhancing the economic vitality of the communities in which they live.
Have you signed the PFEP? Join today!
5 Action Steps at a Glance
There are five action steps we believe are crucial for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship in their communities:
- Create or Expand Internal & External Teams Dedicated to Entrepreneurship
- Increase Entrepreneurs' Engagement in Community Colleges
- Engage in Industry Cluster Development
- Leverage Both Community College and Community Assets to Spur Innovation and Job Creation
- Create Buzz and Broad Exposure of your College's Commitment to Entrepreneurship
Ready to Commit?
Sign the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge! Email NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin at Rebecca@nacce.com.
When emailing, simply enter the subject line “Presidents Pledge Accepted” to confirm your commitment.
By signing the PFEP, you are joining NACCE and other leading entrepreneurship-focused organizations committed to helping America’s economy grow. You will receive a link to download our whitepaper, Community College Entrepreneurship: The Innovators and Influencers.
Make sure to check out NACCE’s Quick Start Guides, an Essential Practice series that can help you deliver the commitments and start up successful programs at your college!