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Get the FAACCCTs on TAACCCT

Posted By Megan Ballard, Friday, July 19, 2013

Tick, tock, my friends….the TAACCCT countdown is on! Only two weeks until single organization proposals are due, and a month + a day for consortium proposals. Last week, we had a great webinar with the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda folks. This consortium of all 15 MA community colleges was a Round 1 recipient of TAACCCT, and they’re doing great things. Right now, they’re working with NACCE to integrate entrepreneurship into their program offerings. We also had a great teleconference with Christian Lagarde from Nunez Community College, a Round 2 awardee with a strong focus on entrepreneurship.

So how should you integrate entrepreneurship into your Round 3 proposal? Well, after digging around through the solicitation and the information provided by the DOL, here are my recommendations:

  • CONTEXTUALIZE IT: Tie entrepreneurship to whatever industry sectors you’re focusing on (see page 6 of solicitation)
  • KEEP IT EXPERIENTIAL: Identify accelerators or incubators in your region, and engage them in your project; remember, the DOL isn’t looking for classroom instruction, they want project to "focus on the actual experience of entrepreneurship”
  • BE CREATIVE: The solicitation recommends that applicants "develop creative and outcomes-based approaches” that boost students’ entrepreneurship skills

What about a stand-along entrepreneurship program? Sorry, no can do. If you look at page 3 of the TAACCCT Round 3 SGA Frequently Asked Questions, it says, "Programs that are designed to lead solely to self-employment or employment as an independent contractor, for example, are not approvable. However, program participants are not prohibited from starting a new company provided that the credentials and certifications obtained could also lead to employment with an employer.”

They hammer it home on page 4 of the FAQs: "Entrepreneurship as a strategy is broader in scope than a particular program resulting in a ‘Certificate of Entrepreneurship,’ or similar credential, or a particular employment outcome such as a start-up business, which would not be suitable for participants in the TAA for Workers program. The development of an entrepreneurship program should be done in consideration of a broader spectrum of possible career pathways.”

If you’d like to find out more about how Christian successfully proposed this at Nunez last year, he welcomes you to contact him at: clagarde@nunez.edu.

If you are interested in incorporating entrepreneurship, I also encourage you to take advantage of some of NACCE’s resources, including:

Quick Start Guide #4: Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Services and Support Systems: This week, I’ll be posting a sneak peek at a chapter from our latest Quick Start Guide. The full guide is available for purchase on the NACCE website at: http://www.nacce.com/?page=essentialpractices

HowToDoIt Online Training: NACCE developed this six-week online training for entrepreneurship champions at community colleges to develop a comprehensive plan for sustainable entrepreneurship initiatives and outreach programs. The next session starts July 8th. You can learn more at: http://www.nacce.com/?OnlineTraining

NACCE Annual Conference: Join us in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 13-16 for our 11th Annual Conference. This is a fabulous professional development opportunity for TAACCCT project teams. You can find detailed information at: http://www.nacce.com/?page=NACCE2013

Virtual Incubation Toolkit: In 2011, NACCE partnered with the American Association of Community Colleges and the U.S. Small Business Administration to establish a Virtual Incubation Network and to design a toolkit to disseminate information on how to establish a virtual incubator to community colleges across the country. You can access the complete toolkit free of charge at: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/aaccprograms/cwed/vintoolkit/Pages/tableofcontents.aspx

Our contacts at the DOL also sent me this basket of TAACCCT goodies to share with you as you prepare your proposal:

· Prospective Applicants: Institutions or consortiums that are interested in applying for the newly available funding should visit http://www.grants.gov.

  • Webcast on TAACCCT 3 Goals and Aspirations: This event provided an overview of the goals and examples from current grantees of partnership engagement; capacity building; and innovations in online learning and overall program design of classroom and online curriculum. http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/20130523-taaccct-roundtable/

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – These build off of the FAQs that we have published for the two prior rounds and have been vetted by our legal and grants office colleagues. These will be added to as we receive questions from prospective applicants. http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct/pdf/taaccct_faqs_round_3.pdf

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