Entrepreneurial College in Action Winners Announced at NACCE2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
COMMUNITY COLLEGES EARN GRANTS TOTALING $162,500
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE
The Coleman Foundation Provides Record
Financial Support to Build Programs
in Key Areas of NACCE’s Presidents for
– October 22, 2013 – Eleven
community colleges from across the country came out on top in the NACCE Entrepreneurial College in
Action Grant Competition,
powered by The Coleman Foundation at the annual
conference of the National
Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
(NACCE), held last week in Charlotte, NC. NACCE is the nation’s leading
organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.
Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker
that has donated over $50 million to improve the quality of entrepreneurship
education, promote the option of self-employment,
and help create a new generation of business owners.
The winning colleges will receive grants
totaling $162,500 to support programs to build their capacity for promoting
entrepreneurship in the communities they serve. This grant total represents the
largest support yet provided at the NACCE Conference by the Coleman Foundation,
which has offered grants at the conference since 2007.
"This year’s competitors were asked to
propose efforts that will either grow internal and external teams dedicated to
entrepreneurship or increase the engagement of practicing entrepreneurs on
campus,” said NACCE President & CEO Heather Van Sickle. "These two critical
areas are the first two steps of NACCE’s Presidents
for Entrepreneurship Pledge. The variety
of innovative ideas that all of the competing colleges put forth for achieving
these goals was amazing. We can’t wait to see the results the winners produce
on their campuses thanks to these generous grants from the Coleman Foundation.”
"A strategy of the Coleman Foundation’s
Entrepreneurship Education Impact Plan is to fund efforts to increase the
engagement of practicing entrepreneurs, faculty and community supporters in the
entrepreneurship education process,” said Clark McCain, senior program officer
at the Coleman Foundation. "This
approach aligns with important parts of NACCE’s agenda, and we are excited to
support 11 member colleges as they build teams and make new community relationships
that will improve their programs.”
Over 30 colleges entered proposals into
the competition. Of these, 18 were chosen to present at the NACCE Conference.
During two rounds which included pitches to a team of judges before a live
audience, these 11 winners emerged:
• Bismarck State
College, Bismarck, ND – $15,000 to establish a team of faculty and staff to
incorporate entrepreneurship classes into the program requirements for several
technical programs and to increase awareness of such offerings.
Community College, Shelby, NC – $15,000 to expand the college’s "Entrepreneurship
External Team” of supporters and provide services at its entrepreneurship
• Eastern West
Virginia Community & Technical College, Moorefield, WV
– $15,000 to create the Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic
Development to develop and sustain relationships with internal and external
stakeholders of the entrepreneurship program.
• Feather River
College, Quincy, CA – $15,000 to engage community entrepreneurs in the
development of an apprenticeship/succession planning pilot program and to
support other outreach events.
Community College, Tampa, FL – $15,000 to expand the college’s partnerships with
practicing entrepreneurs in its community and support other outreach events.
Community College – Northwest, Houston, TX – $15,000 to create the Entrepreneurship and
Economic Development Consortium comprised of members of the college and Houston
community to implement new educational programs.
College, Centralia, IL – $13,000 to engage practicing entrepreneurs through
business boot camps, CEO roundtables and entrepreneur clubs.
• Mohawk Valley
Community College, Utica, NY – $15,000 to build greater engagement of community
supporters through regular roundtables of education, economic development and
government representatives as well as alumni mentoring of students and an
annual conference event.
Community College, Muscatine, IA – $14,500 to create Muscatine Entrepreneurial Mentoring
Opportunities, pairing students with local entrepreneurs in multiple settings.
Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ – $15,000 to create an
interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff and administration to manage a student
venture funding process.
• Walla Walla
Community College, Walla Walla, WA – $15,000 to convene an Entrepreneurial Advisory
Council comprised of local business owners and community members and to support
other outreach events.
The Coleman Foundation
The Coleman Foundation is a private,
independent grantmaker focusing primarily on supporting Midwest non-profit organizations.Foundation
resources support cancer treatment, developmental disability services, and
entrepreneurship education. In 1981, the Foundation began to question why
individuals are encouraged to "get a job” rather than to "create”
one.Since that time, the Foundation has committed over $50 million to
improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, promote the option of
self-employment, and help create a new generation of business owners.For
more information, visit http://www.colemanfoundation.org.
National Association for Community College
(NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and
entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on
their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the
business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2.
Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs
in their local ecosystem.
in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through
membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly
journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE
serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and
successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship
education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting
actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member
colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America
For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com.
us at @NACCE, like us on facebook.com/NACCE, and join our LinkedIn group.
NACCE has over 300 member colleges,
representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 465,000 students.