Community College of Philadelphia President Joins National Forum to Promote Entrepreneurship
Monday, July 9, 2012
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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF
PHILADELPHIA 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
9, 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
Stephen M. Curtis of Community College of Philadelphia 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 four other Pennsylvania community colleges have also
joined the new forum.
With the economy still lagging in many regions
of the United States, more than 175 community colleges 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.
a city of vibrant neighborhoods, where small companies and firms serve as an
important economic engine,” President Curtis said. "Our new Center for Small
Business Education, Growth and Training seeks to strengthen this sector and
assist the legions of family-owned businesses and budding entrepreneurs. Since
small businesses today employ half of all private sector employees, they are a
strategic partner for us as well as a potential employer for students. By
providing customized training and workshops, we expand the path to
possibilities for Philadelphia."
Other Pennsylvania community college officials
joining the forum are: Joe Forrester, president, and Melissa Denardo, provost
and vice president of Learning & Success, Community
College of Beaver County, Center Township; Donald Snyder, Lehigh Carbon Community
College, Schnecksville; John Sygielski, Harrisburg Area Community College,
Harrisburg and Gettysburg; and Karen
Stout, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell and Pottsdown.
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.