Rio Salado and South Mountain CC Presidents Join Entrepreneurship Forum
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
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CONTACT: Heather Van Sickle
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SALADO and SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PRESIDENTS JOIN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Promotes Entrepreneurship by
Engaging Community Colleges to Join New Presidents
for Entrepreneurship Forum
TEMPE, AZ – October 2,
2012 -- The National
Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the
nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through
community colleges, has announced that Chris Bustamante, president of Rio
Salado College and Shari Olson,
president of South Mountain Community College have joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. Through
this program, 186 community colleges presidents nationwide have committed to
increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact
these colleges have on the economic wellbeing of the communities they serve.
"Entrepreneurs are key to
economic growth in our communities,” said Rio Salado College President Chris
Bustamante, Ed. D. "Being a part of NACCE demonstrates Rio Salado’s commitment
to providing needed support for those who are starting their own businesses.”
Salado and South Mountain Community College are both part of the Maricopa
Community College District located in the greater Phoenix area.
Mountain Community College has helped thousands of our students realize their
dreams of going into business for themselves,” said South Mountain Community
College President Shari Olson, Ph.D. "As an institution, we are firmly committed to this initiative.”
About the Presidents for
The Presidents for Entrepreneurship
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 Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is a way for community
colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country.
Community college presidents who join the Forum 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. "After observing the
entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we
started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said.
"One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by
leadership to entrepreneurship.”
National Association for Community College 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.”
Through membership, an annual
conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts,
a dynamic list-serve, 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. These programs and
courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges.
NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership.
information, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow
NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like
the NACCE – National Association for
Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.
About Rio Salado College
College was established in 1978 by the Maricopa Community College District to
provide the next step in education for non-traditional students. The college,
headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, was recently recognized as the fastest
growing community college in the nation serving more than 67,000
students annually. In addition to providing high-quality instruction for 100+ degree and
certificate pathways, Rio Salado is dedicated to providing flexible,
affordable access through; adult
basic education, collaborative
college initiatives and online learning.
About South Mountain Community College
Mountain Community College (SMCC) has served the higher education needs of Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Guadalupe and
Laveen for more than 30 years, offering associate degrees, certificates of
completion, courses that transfer to universities and technology training to
more than 10,000 students annually.
SMCC is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges.