Illinois Valley Community College President Named to National E-Ship Forum
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
Sept. 28, 2012
College’s Community Relations Office
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the
nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through
community colleges, announced today Illinois Valley Community College President
Jerry Corcoran has joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum.
the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to
increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact
these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve. Corcoran
is one of three Illinois community college presidents to join.
the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 186
community colleges have joined, and by doing so, have committed to playing a
greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.
has a long history of supporting entrepreneurship in a number of ways and particularly
through services offered from our Small Business Development Center and
Business Training Center,” said Corcoran.
the next year, we’ll be moving into our new Peter Miller Community Technology
Center and one of the programs I’d love to see housed within the new building’s
Center for Innovation and Opportunity is called Creating Entrepreneurial
Opportunities — ideal for high school juniors and seniors who are passionate
about watching their business dreams become realities,” he added.
participating Illinois community college presidents are Curtis Oldfield of Spoon
River in Canton and Michael Dreith of John A. Logan in Carterville.
forum is in response to the Obama Administration’s Startup America Call to
Action to stimulate economic growth state-by-state by encouraging entrepreneurs
to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup
America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative
entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.
to NACCE Executive Director, Heather Van Sickle, the forum is a way for
community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the
country. Participating presidents make five commitments:
• Develop transparency of community
college and community assets
• Create internal and external teams
dedicated to entrepreneurship
• Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement
in community colleges
• Engage in industry cluster
• Create broad exposure to their
college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
five commitments were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was
working best on member campuses,” said Van Sickle.
observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period
of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful
institutions. One of the major things that clearly make a difference is the
commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship.”
NACCE, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is an organization of
educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals
providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and
serving as advocates community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE
is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.”
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.
For information, visit www.nacce.com.