NACCE Draws Additional Community College Presidents to Leadership Pledge
Big Sandy Community and Technical College and Mountain Empire Community College Take Entrepreneurship Pledge.
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has added two more college presidents to its ranks of college administrators committing to entrepreneurship through NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP). Sherry Zylka of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) in Pikeville, Kentucky, and Kristen Westover, of Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, publicly signed the PFEP pledge together today during ceremonies at BSCTC. Area high school students, teachers and education officials participated in the event.
In taking the pledge, college presidents commit to five action steps aimed at advancing entrepreneurship in the classroom and in their communities. The action steps range from creating and expanding internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship, to increasing entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges and spurring innovation and job creation.
“The PFEP is a helpful tool for community college presidents who are seeking to embrace an entrepreneurial culture and mindset at their colleges,” said Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., president and CEO of NACCE. “Signing the PFEP symbolizes their commitment to leveraging assets and maximizing entrepreneurial opportunities in their local communities and through the NACCE network.”
About BSCTC & MECC
President Zylka began as president and CEO of BSCTC in October 2017. Through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) POWER Grant, the college participates in the EntreEd program, which provides entrepreneurship curriculum for K-12 students. BSCTC was recently selected as one of the expansion colleges in the Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) program. The VIL provides STEM education and skills to middle school girls in rural areas through three-week summer camps and ongoing monthly mentoring at the college.
President Westover became president of MECC in July 2017. The college also participates in the EntreEd program. Both colleges share a common service area and demographics, and the two presidents have vowed to work together to explore mutually beneficial collaborations.
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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