Philip E. & Carole R.
Ratcliffe Foundation Center
of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Workforce Development | Lead College: Tarrant County College District (TX)
NACCE’s establishment of the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation is the result of a long-term partnership with the foundation that provides additional support for each year's cohort of Pitch for the Trades award recipients, as well as the annual continuation of the Pitch for the Trades competition in years to come.
The NACCE Center of Practice is excited to announce that the 2021 hybrid Pitch for the Trades competition for NACCE member colleges is offering $135,000 in cash prizes. Projects that have not received funding from Pitch for the Trades in the past are eligible to win up to $50,000 to help launch your college’s project related to the skilled trades. Don't miss this opportunity to shine – create a buzz on campus and in your community! Please reach out to Project Manager Theresa MacLennan with questions on how you might get involved.
Learn from Tarrant County College District!
NACCE hosted a successful national conference in 2018 in partnership with the Tarrant County College District. Several grant proposals are under consideration to support the expansion of apprenticeship and workforce development resources for NACCE members.
Interested in getting involved? Fill out the below form. We encourage you to also connect with our Workforce Development Center of Practice Leader, NACCE President & CEO Dr. Rebecca "Becky" Corbin. Share your best practices and concerns so that we can continue to support one another!
Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF)
NACCE has partnered with the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF) to address one of most urgent needs of our country – that of supporting local economies via entrepreneurship. Our joint mission is to launch underfunded entrepreneurs into business, with a focus on community-based start-ups, scale-ups of existing businesses, and the implementation of proven replicable business models.
Further Reading & Resources:
- Read this Forbes article entitled "Community Colleges And The Future Of Workforce Development".
- Read this nacce.com blog article entitled "Community Colleges as Drivers of Economic Development".
- The Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act (S. 3704), a bill to reauthorize the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program, has been introduced in the Unites States Senate with bipartisan support. View the bill here.
- NACCE signed a letter of support from community and technical college CEOs to increase the annual funding level of the ATE program. View letter here.