NACCE Press Releases,

Raleigh, NC | The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in partnership with Intuit is pleased to announce the acceptance of fourteen colleges into their newly launched Ambassadors Program. Selected educators will support and champion the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs (FMFE) initiative, as well as Intuit’s Design for Delight, which utilizes design thinking methodology to teach students how to approach critical problem solving.

“The FMFE curriculum stands ready to make a tremendous impact nationally with fifty community colleges and HBCUs adopting it and another fifty NACCE members becoming Innovation Catalysts,” said Dr. Rebecca Corbin, president and CEO of NACCE.

The FMFE initiative started in the fall of 2018 with the ultimate goal of empowering future entrepreneurs with the right financial management tools and skills required for long-term business success. Since its inception, NACCE and Intuit have reached over 750 for-credit and non-credit students with this turnkey, modular curriculum. Over 70% of students who completed the post-tests shared that they felt confident in their ability to manage business finances and over 85% felt confident in their ability to manage their personal finances.

In 2020, NACCE and Intuit partnered to train educators on how Design for Delight can be used to identify unsolved problems, gain empathy, run rapid experiments with actual customers, test assumptions, and iterate along the way. NACCE and Intuit hosted two trainings, co-developed an Intuit Design Thinking Innovator digital badge, and reached over 300 educators and more than 1,000 students.  

“Intuit is proud to partner with NACCE to help students develop critical personal and business financial skills and the entrepreneurial mindset needed to start and run their own business or work for an existing company,” says Dave Zasada, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Intuit. 

Please join us in welcoming the following colleges to the Ambassadors Program:

  • Kelly Barber – Halifax Community College (NC)
  • Vivian Faustino-Pulliam – City College of San Francisco (CA)
  • Deborah Gaspard – Metropolitan Community College (NE)
  • Gary Graves – Fullerton College (CA)
  • Holly Hanson – Roane State Community College (TN)
  • Neil Higgins – Cuesta College (CA)
  • Tom Kindred – Indian River State College (FL)
  • Jackeline Davila Mejias-Fuertes – NJ SDBC at Brookdale Community College (NJ)
  • Amy Pietsch – Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
  • Pam Pirog – Housatonic Community College (CT)
  • Matt Poyle – Lorain County Community College (OH)
  • Shane Snipes – Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
  • Ronda Taylor – Ivy Tech Community College (IN)
  • Danelle Toups – Tarrant County College (TX) 

Learn more about the Ambassadors Program at 


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 unites a dynamic network of community colleges. For more information, visit  

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