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Moraine Park Technical College President Joins National Forum to Promote Entrepreneurship

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MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE PRESIDENT JOINS NATIONAL FORUM TO PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Promotes Entrepreneurship by Engaging Community Colleges to Join New Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum


BEAVER DAM – June 20, 2012
-- The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Sheila Ruhland of Moraine Park Technical College has joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. Through the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve. Officials from six other Wisconsin community colleges have also joined the new forum.

"Through our increased focus on supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses with the College’s new entrepreneurship initiative, we are pleased to join our peers across the state and the country in signing onto NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president.

With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, 175 community colleges throughout the country have joined the entrepreneurship forum, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.

"As we have continued to make a more concerted effort to infuse entrepreneurship across the College and throughout the Moraine Park District, NACCE has been a valued partner providing key resources, networks, and support,” said Ruhland. "We look forward to continuing a strong partnership with NACCE as we move along this important journey of promoting and supporting an entrepreneurial culture across the Moraine Park district."


Other Wisconsin community college presidents joining the forum are Susan May, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton; Jeffrey Rafn, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Marinette and Sturgeon Bay; Lori Weyers, Northcentral Technical College, Wausau; Bettsey Barhorst, Madison Area Technical College, Madison; Barbara Prindiville, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha and Pewaukee; and Duane Ford, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Fennimore.


About the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum

The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is in response to the Obama Administration’s Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.

According to NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country.
Community college presidents who join the Forum make five commitments:

• Develop transparency of community college and community assets

• Create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship

• Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges

• Engage in industry cluster development

• Create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.

"The five commitments were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was working best on member campuses,” said Van Sickle. "After observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said. "One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship.”


About NACCE

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates for "entrepreneurship movement.”

Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges.

For more information about the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum, or to join NACCE, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.

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