Moraine Park Technical College President Joins National Forum to Promote Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
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CONTACT: Heather Van Sickle
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
• Create broad exposure to
their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
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.”
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
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
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.