Competition Highlights How Entrepreneurship Education at Community Colleges Benefits Students
Springfield, MA – Dec. 2, 2008 – Stacey E. Reed, of West Henrietta, NY, has been named the winner of the 2008 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. This is the contest’s third year.
As the winner, Reed will be flown out to the Sixth Annual NACCE Conference, Understanding the Value: Entrepreneurship Education, Economic Development and Fundraising, in Anaheim, CA, from January 4-7, 2009. 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.
Reed’s essay was one of 28 entries received in this year’s competition. “Once again, 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 each essay.”
Reed is a student at Monroe Community College, a community college in Rochester, NY. Disabled by multiple sclerosis, she left her corporate job to start a stained glass business, called the Purple Glass Studio. She credits the entrepreneurship class she took at Monroe with teaching her new selling methods, product opportunities and pricing strategies.
In explaining the value of the entrepreneurship education she’s gained at Monroe, Reed wrote, “Community colleges like MCC, appeal to part-time working people, unemployed adults and those seeking new or second careers. They are flexible, less expensive and I believe less intimidating. In my class, there are thirty people with all different backgrounds that otherwise would never have met. The common thread we have is the desire to have successful businesses. The value of this classroom experience is priceless. The energized atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit means so much to me! I truly believe it will play a key role in bringing back our economy. The community colleges of today offer excellent resources for new business success. The emerging entrepreneurship class of 2008 should have class reunions as a way to keep in touch and find out how all our classmates are doing. We are so energized at this moment, thanks to the great learning environment at MCC.”
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 http://www.nacce.com.