National Association for Community Colleges Names Colleges of Excellence

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National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in Community Colleges; NACCE Announces College of Excellence Winners
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has named five community colleges as institutions demonstrating entrepreneurial excellence during the Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Awards breakfast at the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) annual conference today in Orlando, Florida.
Our 2019 Winners from L-R: Rebecca Corbin, NACCE, Maya Durnovo, Houston Community College, Erwin Wong, Borough of Manhattan Community College accepting on behalf of Interim President Karrin Wilks, Jennifer Worth, American Association of Community Colleges accepting on behalf of Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle, president of Rogue Community College, Dr. Mark Erickson, Northampton Community College, Dr. Chuck Terrell, Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College accepting on behalf of Dr. Johnny Moore, Pierpont Community & Technical College

NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., announced the College of Excellence winners. To be eligible to receive the award, college presidents must have signed NACCE’s President for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP). NACCE initiated the PFEP to ignite positive change across campuses and in the classroom. The colleges are selected by demonstrating excellence in one of five action steps presidents and colleges are asked to commit to when signing the PFEP. The winners in each of the steps include:

Step 1: Form teams to focus on entrepreneurship

Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA

Step 2: Connect with entrepreneurs in the community
Houston Community College, Houston, TX

Step 3: Collaborate with industry in your region
Pierpont Community & Technical College, Fairmont, WV

Step 4: Focus on business and job creation
Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR

Step 5: Share stories through events and the media
Borough of Manhattan CC, New York, NY

“The PFEP serves as the foundation for entrepreneurial leadership in our member colleges,” said Corbin. “If you are doing innovative work, you deserve to be recognized and share what you are doing as part of our best practices on a national level. This is the essence of the College of Excellence award.”


NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: to empower the college 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. The association represents 300+ community and technical colleges and 2,000 faculty, staff, administrators and presidents who serve more than 3.3 million students.

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