NACCE’s new book, Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Communities and Students, was the featured publication during a special book signing at SXSW EDU 2019 on Monday, March 4. Contributing authors Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., president and CEO of NACCE, and Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D., NACCE board member and chancellor of Tarrant County College District in Texas - one of the largest community college systems in the country - signed copies of the book for participants attending the conference.

Prior to the book signing, Rebecca Corbin presented a session on entrepreneurship, equity, and inclusion. Her remarks focused on entrepreneurship as a leadership strategy; diversity and inclusion as a means for unleashing creativity and innovation; and revenue generation strategies for community colleges  – themes that resonate in NACCE’s new book.

“We are extremely excited about being selected by SXSW to present at the conference and have our new publication featured during the book signing event,” said Corbin. “In Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation, entrepreneurship thought leaders share best practices and offer practical strategies for building entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities.”

Also participating in the signing event was Austin Community College (ACC), which is participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) initiative, in partnership with NACCE. The VIL brings free technology and immersive hands-on learning experiences to help middle school girls in rural areas prepare for the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers of the future. Devon Miller, program director of the VIL STEM Summer Camp Program at ACC, represented the college at the signing, accepting a signed book to present to ACC President Richard Rhodes, Ph.D. ACC is one of 16 NACCE member colleges participating in this innovative program.

NACCE’s first book is co-authored by member college presidents and faculty, as well as national entrepreneurship experts. It made its debut during National Entrepreneurship Week last month at a special reception hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington, D.C. ACCT President and CEO and former NACCE board member J. Noah Brown, wrote the book’s afterword. “To meet the needs of students and communities, we must adopt an entrepreneurial mindset - letting our passion dictate our direction while exercising moral courage and risk-taking to shift the curve of decision making by rejecting the status quo,” said Brown at the reception.

Proceeds from book sales will be directed to a scholarship fund for professional development for community college faculty and staff for entrepreneurship training. To order, click here.