Friday, March 11, 2016
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"In this, my first letter as NACCE board chairman, I would like to express my excitement about what this organization has and continues to accomplish. In the past year, membership has grown more than eight percent - despite a difficult economic climate. NACCE hosted a record number of webinars, regional workshops and seminars. And, during the transition to a new president and CEO last year, NACCE nimbly navigated the challenges in a changing industry and emerged as vital as ever. I am excited to be part of this organization and the work it does to support community college entrepreneurship. I encourage you to tap the many resources NACCE has to offer, and to keep entrepreneurial thinking top of mind in setting your college's course.
As you create plans for the next academic year, you are probably asking yourself, Can we do more in partnering with community leaders and businesses? Are we leveraging our advisors or advisory committees to the greatest degree possible? Are we effectively marketing our programs? These are all good and timely questions.
But I challenge you to ask yourself one more question: What are you doing to make sure your community college stays relevant? We quite often talk about how college leaders can integrate entrepreneurship into their organizations and why this is important. In fact, that is why NACCE exists, to support colleges in their work to find ways to be entrepreneurial themselves and in the community. In truth, embracing entrepreneurialism is what makes community colleges relevant."
Read more of Dr. Gene Giovannini, NACCE Board Chair and President of Maricopa Corporate College, has to say about staying relevant...