Centers of Practice 

Two years ago, NACCE made a commitment to expand and deepen resources for members across North America. To support this work, a center of practice (COP) model was created. Community college leaders raised their hands and began working together to create these resources. NACCE has provided seed funding and support to help these to grow.

2019 Emerging Centers of Practice

Equity & Diversity – Fox Valley Technical College (WI)

This effort reflects NACCE’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. With support from the Verizon Foundation, a Mentoring Council comprised of college leaders from historically black colleges and universities and community colleges was formed. This initiative is focused on providing opportunities for STEM learning, professional and personal development.

Contact Jeff Smith at for more information.

Entrepreneurial Mindset – North Iowa Area Community College (IA)

North Iowa Area Community College has been working closely with the NACCE staff to expand member services by initiating a statewide entrepreneurial mindset program. Through their efforts, all presidents in the state have signed NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP), the guiding principles of the book, Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation

Contact Katie Calabrese at for more information.

Student Engagement – Maricopa Community College District (AZ)

Students from PVCC’s “Club Z” planned a successful kickoff event on the campus of Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in April of 2019. Club Z is the creation of Dr. Caron Sada, psychology, residential faulty at PVCC. The club is student driven, focused on creativity, inclusion and student success. The students will be exhibiting and participating at the 2019 NACCE Conference in Newport Beach.

Contact Dr. Caron Sada at for more information.

Making – Sierra College (CA)

As a technical assistance advisor, NACCE completed a three-year grant with Sierra College and CCC Maker to support the formation of 23 new makerspaces in the State of California. A showcase and conference – make/SHIFT – was held in April of 2019 with 250 attendees. Plans are underway for a June 3 -5, 2020 make/SHIFT 2.0 conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Contact Rebecca Corbin at for more information. 

Workforce Development– Tarrant County College District (TX)

NACCE hosted a successful national conference in 2018 in partnership with the Tarrant County College District. Several grant proposals are under consideration to support the expansion of apprenticeship and workforce development resources for NACCE members.

Contact Rebecca Corbin at for more information.  

Global Entrepreneurship – Manodharma Foundation & Michigan State University CIBER

Much of NACCE’s work in global entrepreneurship has been supported through our collaboration with MSU CIBER. NACCE has also partnered with universities in China for administrator and faculty exchange programs in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, NACCE forged a robust and multi-year relationship with the Manodharma Foundation to support presidents, trustees, staff and faculty with scholarships to travel to India. NACCE is hosting a Global Boot Camp with Los Rios Community College in September of 2019.

Contact Rebecca Corbin at for more information.