13 Iowa Community College Leaders Take National Entrepreneurship Pledge
Iowa Members of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Sign National Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge.
Thirteen Iowa community college presidents committed to specific strategies to vitalize their colleges and communities through entrepreneurship at the July 18-20 annual conference of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) hosted by North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City. They formalized this commitment by signing the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP),a five-step initiative of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to encourage job creation and economic development in communities throughout the country. The pledge is a central tenet of NACCE, the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.
During the conference, NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin and Tim Putnam, director of NIACC’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, co-presented a two-hour professional development workshop for presidents. The session featured a design-thinking model that was piloted in California and successfully used at a recent professional development event at which six community college presidents from Kentucky signed NACCE’s PFEPpledge.
“Having this level of engagement with college presidents demonstrates the impact NACCE and our local entrepreneurial programs can have for colleges working on complex opportunities facing our schools and communities,” said Putnam.
NIACC was recently named a winner in NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge “College of Excellence Award.” Winners of the annual award demonstrate outstanding performance in one of the five action steps required when signing the pledge. NIACC won for its efforts to generate broad exposure of its commitment to entrepreneurship through print, social media and video productions.
Following the professional development session and pledge signing, a group of community stakeholders, including entrepreneurship center directors and faculty from around the state, met to talk about the formation of a Center of Practice in the Midwest. The center is a shared entity that provides leadership, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area. The Iowa group is planning to meet at NACCE’s annual conference in October to finalize a proposal for technical assistance funding to create a center of practice in the region.
“This type of event is a positive way to engage states and regions,” said Corbin. “We look forward to working together to identify additional collaborations and funding opportunities for the region and these colleges.”
The 13 Iowa college leaders who signed the pledge are: Joe DeHart, provost, Des Moines Area Community College; Liang Chee Wee, president, Northeast Iowa Community College; Alethea Stubbe, president, Northwest Iowa Community College; Dan Kinney, Jr., president, Iowa Central Community College; Terry Murrell, president, Western Iowa Tech Community College; Chris Duree, Chancellor, Iowa Valley Community College District; Dan Kinney, Sr., president, Iowa Western Community College; Linda Allen, president, Hawkeye Community College; Steve Schulz, president, NIACC; Marlene Sprouse, president, Indian Hills Community College; Michael Ash, president, Southeastern Community College; Don Doucette, chancellor, Eastern Iowa Community College District; and Val Newhouse, president, Iowa Lakes Community College.
About the PFEP
Started in 2011, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge(PFEP) requires presidents to commit to five action steps for creating economic vitality. These include:
· Form teams to focus on entrepreneurship
· Connect with entrepreneurs in the community
· Collaborate with industry in your region
· Focus on business and job creation
· Share stories through events and the media
NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE has over 330 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 3.3 million students.
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