Top-Ten Teams Moving onto the Live Pitch - NACCE Pitch for the Trades 2019


Competition was fierce for a spot in the top-ten of the NACCE Pitch for the Trades competition, sponsored by the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation. Thank you to all the colleges, faculty, staff and partners who jumped on-board this pilot project with us. We applaud your efforts in encouraging the skilled trades, entrepreneurship and job creation. We want you to know that NACCE is ever expanding our financial and resource support for the trades and entrepreneurship and if you missed this year’s competition, we encourage community colleges nationwide to apply for new funding opportunities that NACCE plans to announce in 2020.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the following ten creative and innovative teams are moving forward to the LIVES on Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 PM, at the NACCE annual conference Entrepreneurship Explorations in Newport Beach, California. Teams are vying for up-to $25,000.

  1. Brookdale Community College (New Jersey) lead, Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes - Women’s Entrepreneurial Success Hub inspiring and supporting women in the trades.
  2. Harper College (Illinois) lead, Marie Lapidus - Additive Manufacturing Certificate.
  3. Hocking College (Ohio) lead, Sean Terrell - Tiny Homes Constructions Trade project.
  4. Kauai Community College (Hawaii) lead, Dirk Soma - Sustainable Building Construction Technology.
  5. MiraCosta College (California) lead, Cheryl Wadeson - Mobile Lab for Entrepreneurship.
  6. North Iowa Community College (Iowa) lead, Tim Putnam - Innovative Workspace Initiative.
  7. Rio Salado College (Arizona) lead, Richard Cuprak, Jr.-Training Aids for Construction Electrician Instruction in the Men’s and Women’s Prisons in Maricopa County.
  8. San Diego Continuing Education (California) lead, Matthew Rivaldi – Entrepreneurship Curriculum for Women and Students of Color.
  9. Tarrant Community College (Texas) lead, Lourdes Ramboa – Building a Marketing Campaign.
  10. Wake Technical Community College (North Carolina) lead, Katie Gailes – Embedding Entrepreneurial Courses into the Cosmetology/Barbering Program.

Help us in congratulating the top-ten teams as they prepare to move to the LIVES!