REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 5TH ANNUAL NACCE CONFERENCE
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
San Antonio Meeting, Jan. 6-9, 2008, Offers 70 Sessions
on Theme of “Building Bridges Through Entrepreneurship”
Springfield, MA – Nov. 7, 2007 – Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, to be held January 6-9, 2008 at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, TX. Using a theme of “Building Bridges Through Entrepreneurship,” the conference will offer 70 cutting-edge sessions with presenters who are advancing entrepreneurship education and student business incubation at their community colleges.
“We’ve put together an extremely informative conference,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “Our presenters will demonstrate the latest on curriculum development, faculty development, fundraising, student outreach and recruitment programs, program management and Entrepreneurial Institute and Center development, entrepreneurial leadership, along with allied topics. We are certain attendees will come away with plenty of fresh ideas that will help them move entrepreneurship initiatives forward on their campuses.”
Agenda highlights include:
• Keynote speaker John Edward Roueche will deliver a presentation entitled “On Becoming an Entrepreneurial College.” Roueche holds the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Community College Leadership in the Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He will share contemporary examples of successful fundraising and entrepreneurial strategies in community and technical colleges across the country, as well as will core learnings from these cutting-edge colleges.
• Plenary speaker 19-year-old Ben Casnocha will kick off the second day of the conference with a presentation entitled “Entrepreneurship as Life Idea: How Anyone–Even College Students or Professors–Can Be CEO of Their Own Lives.” Casnocha is author of the bestselling book My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley. Drawing on his own experiences as entrepreneur and current college student, Casnocha will discuss what it means to think entrepreneurially in all contexts, not just in the process of starting a business. He will present a series of ideas, facts, and provocative opinions around the entrepreneurial mentality and explain why he believes it is essential to think entrepreneurially in today's hyper-connected, fast-changing world.
• In the Elevator Grants competition, The Coleman Foundation and The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation will award up to $125,000 in grants to support programs that establish or grow entrepreneurship education in community college settings. The foundations anticipate awarding as many as 20 grants. Registrations to participate in the grant competition must be received by Monday, December 3, 2007. Full information is available at http://www.nacce.com.
Conference registration includes admission to all general and breakout sessions, networking receptions, three full breakfasts, and two full lunches. The cost for NACCE members is $525 for those who register on or before December 7, 2007; $575 for those who register between December 8–31, 2007; and $600 for anyone who registers after December 31 or on-site. Fees for non-members are $625 on or before December 7, 2007, $675 from December 8–31, 2007; and $700 after December 31 or on-site. To receive the early registration discounts, full payment or purchase orders must be postmarked on or before December 7, 2007. Complete conference and registration information is available at http://www.nacce.com.
As part of its mission to promote entrepreneurship, the Coleman Foundation is providing conference scholarships for 100 community college professionals. The purpose of these scholarships is to introduce new attendees to the network of community colleges interested in entrepreneurship. In honor of the conference’s host state, 25 of the Coleman Foundation scholarships have been reserved for faculty and staff from Texas colleges.
The Coleman scholarships pay for the cost of registration to the NACCE conference. (There is a nominal non-refundable fee of $50.00.) Scholarships are first come, first serve. For information how to apply for a scholarship, visit http://www.nacce.com.
About the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) connects community college administrators and faculty with knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation. NACCE holds an annual conference, hosts a dynamic listserv, develops Web resources such as shared entrepreneurship curricula and syllabi for faculty, creates guides in beginning and sustaining entrepreneurship and student business incubation programs, as well as, tips for grant proposals specific to entrepreneurial endeavors at community colleges. To learn more, visit http://www.nacce.com.