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NACCE Initiatives Overview

NACCE is the premier organization for identifying best practices in high-impact entrepreneurship education within community colleges and the entrepreneurial ecosystems they serve. We work with select national partners who share our vision for developing the entrepreneurial mindset through dynamic communities of practice that inform the larger NACCE community as well as the national conversation on economic vitality through entrepreneurship. The following list represents our current initiatives. For more detail on each initiative, click on the link at the bottom of the initiative overview. If your organization is interested in partnering with NACCE on a national initiative, please contact Heather Van Sickle at (413) 306-3131.


Opening the Door for Entrepreneurship in Appalachia 

Beginning in 2013, NACCE partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission to promote the efforts of community colleges in a three-state region and to ensure college efforts become a priority and a solution and lend their leadership in opening the door wider for entrepreneurship in Appalachia. For more information on this program, visit here.

NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action (ECIA) Grant Competition, Powered by The Coleman Foundation

As part of the 11th Annual NACCE Conference, The Coleman Foundation and NACCE conducted the ECIA Grant Competition to advance the importance of implementing NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship action steps by funding 11 community colleges to create or expand internal and external teams or engaging entrepreneurs on their campus. For more information on this program, visit here.

HP LIFE e-Learning

Since 2013, NACCE has brought HP LIFE e-Learning resources and insights to the community college campus and researched how this free online learning tool can be utilized to foster innovation, enable business starts and create jobs. HP LIFE e-Learning is a peer-reviewed Open Educational Resource for students, entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world who want to gain real-life business and IT skills to learn about, start or grow a businesses. To help you implement this free tool in your classroom, contact Kim Norbuta at Norbuta@nacce.com. For more information on this program, visit here.

  Shared Vision for Small Business 2014 Cohort    

 

Seven colleges are working with NACCE and Sam’s Club in 2014 to provide local microenterprises with training and services to help them (1) gain capabilities through new skills, processes, or technologies; (2) view community college as a support system for continued success, and (3) have the knowledge to recognize and address skill gaps.  For more information on this program, please visit here.

Virtual Incubation Network

In 2011, NACCE and AACC worked with 11 community colleges across the country to test-drive new delivery mechanisms that included support provided at the business site and hybrid in-person and technology processes in order to create a toolkit for colleges in geographically isolated, depressed and hard-to-serve communities where they are needed most. You can access this free toolkit and lessons learned from this project here.

Direct Selling Entrepreneur Program

NACCE partnered with the Direct Selling Education Foundation to create a thirty-hour, non-credit course designed to provide direct sellers with the small business management and entrepreneurial skills that will allow them to run more successful direct selling businesses. This curriculum is available as a packaged set which includes the instructor’s materials, 20 student books, and social media and industry support from DSEF. To learn more, visit here.

NACCE Fellows Program

In 2013, our NACCE Fellows Program was launched to assist us in three content areas. In 2014 the Fellows Program evolved to reflect the needs of the above initiatives listed on this page. Currently, our Fellows are now providing technical assistance to colleges currently involved in these initiatives. For more information on original Fellows Program, visit here.

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