Mission College President Joins National Forum to Promote Entrepreneurship
Monday, July 30, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
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CONTACT: Heather Van Sickle
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MISSION 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
CLARA – July 26, 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
Laurel Jones of Mission 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 12 other California 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.
is a great honor to be a member of this very innovative and motivated
association. President Obama's awareness that community colleges are a natural
springboard for entrepreneurship, and the location of Mission College in the
heart of Silicon Valley, where so many startups took hold and grew, makes this
an exciting prospect for me. I look forward to partnering with my fellow
community college presidents to inspire and foster great new ideas and
businesses," said Dr. Laurel Jones.
Other California community college presidents
joining the forum are: Michael Claire, College of San Mateo, San Mateo; Ronald
Taylor, Feather River College, Quincy; Jack Daniels, Los Angeles Southwest
College, Los Angeles; Celia Barberena, Chabot College, Hayward; Willard Clark
Lewallen, Hartnell College, Salinas; Jowel Laguerre, Solano Community College,
Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo; Eloy Oakley, Long Beach City College, Long
Beach; Glenn Roquemore, Irvine Valley College, Irvine; Jamillah Moore, Los
Angeles City College, Los Angeles; Andrew Jones, Coast Community College
District, Fountain Valley; Brad Davis, West Valley College, Saratoga; and Jose
Ortiz, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria.
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.