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Local College Presents at National Conference

Friday, January 09, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Patty Heath Gordon
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Detroit Lakes, MN – Jan. 9, 2009 - Understanding the value of entrepreneurship education, economic development, and fundraising was the theme at the 2009 National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship in Anaheim, CA. This powerful and knowledge packed conference is an opportunity for community colleges to exchange information about entrepreneurship and incubators.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes, had faculty, staff, administration, and a board member from the Business & Entrepreneurial Services attending the NACCE Conference as presenters and to collect valuable information.  Those presenting information at the conference were Cris Valdez, Provost, and Helene Hedlund, Dean of Student and Academic Affairs.  Others attending were Patty Heath Gordon, Director; Tony Parker, Instructor; and Dale Umlauf, Advisory Board member. 

The NACCE Conference had over 100 presentations with topics from marketing to partnerships to incubators and more. Dynamic keynote speakers were successful entrepreneurs who could share the setbacks and hurdles to being successful. Keynote Paul DiGrigoli is owner of DiGrigoli Salons and DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology in West Springfield, MA, with a design team being the official stylists for local television news and radio on-air personalities. 

Cem Erdem is the founder of Augusoft, Inc., the first software company to establish Web-based lifelong learning management systems specifically designed for educational institutions. Born in Turky, Erdem brought foresight and vision to advance and improve the delivery of Lifelong Learning, which has been central to the success of Augusoft’s products and services.

NACCE is a great resource for community colleges across the nation as well as internationally. Tommy Goodrow, founder of NACCE, believed there needed to be a resource for community colleges implementing entrepreneurship programs. He hired Heather VanSickle as Executive Director and NACCE has grown in staff and resources.  MSCTC-DL continues to grow and move forward with entrepreneurship and use the NACCE resources. Entrepreneurship is here to stay!


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