Competition Highlights How Entrepreneurship Education at Community Colleges Benefits Students
Springfield, MA – Dec. 21, 2006 – Arica Tomlinson of Midland, MI, has been named the winner of the 2007 The New York Times/NACCE Student Essay. The New York Times and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) sponsored the essay contest to highlight how entrepreneurship education at community colleges benefits students.
Tomlinson has won an all-expense-paid trip to the Fourth Annual NACCE Conference, Entrepreneurial Leadership: Revolutionizing Community Colleges, in Orlando, FL, from January 8-11, 2007. She will read her essay to conference attendees and be awarded $1,000. In addition, her college will receive $1,000 to support its entrepreneurship programs.
Tomlinson’s essay was one of 70 entries receive in this first-ever competition. "We were very impressed with the quality of all of the entries,” said Heather Van Sickle, executive director of NACCE. "The tremendous positive impact that entrepreneurship education at community colleges has on student’s lives comes through loud and clear in all of these essays.”
Tomlinson is a student at Delta College, a community college serving Bay, Saginaw and Midland counties in Michigan. She wrote on the topic "How entrepreneurship education at my community college has helped me reach my goals.” In her words: "Here existed the problem. We had a good concept, a good work ethic, and the equipment needed to complete the tasks, but we were missing one crucial element: the knowledge of how to apply our skills and opportunities. The remedy for this short coming was discovered when I began attending Delta College.” Tomlinson is co-owner of a successful 14-acre vegetable farm.
About The New York Times The nation's premier newspaper, The New York Times, has been supporting education for more than 70 years. Through The New York Times Knowledge Network Program, college faculty are provided relevant strategies and tools that utilize the diverse and comprehensive coverage found daily in The Times. As the most widely read newspaper on college campuses today, The New York Times is the preferred resource for thousands of faculty at over 1,200 campuses nationwide. These faculty will use The Times to support their course curriculum each semester and either require or recommend it to their students for reading on a regular basis. Described as a living textbook, The Times has been found to be an effective resource that can inform and inspire while providing real-world examples that reflect the relevance of coursework across the curriculum at all college levels. When students make the connection between course concepts and the real world, it adds a new dimension to the overall learning experience. In addition, research has also shown that the daily habit of reading a newspaper like The Times, can supports critical thinking and the practice of responsible citizenship.
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 thinking, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation. NACCE holds an annual conference, hosts a dynamic list-serv, 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. For more information, visit www.nacce.com.