NACCE & EntreEd Share POWER Award for E-ship Education in Appalachia

NACCE partners with EntreEd and receives POWER grant to expand e-ship programs in Appalachia.

Springfield, MA, September 01, 2016 --( The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced its participation in a $2.2 million Appalachia Regional Commission (ARC) grant made to the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education in Charleston, West Virginia for the EntreEd K-14 Every Student, Every Year project.

The grant comes through the Obama administration’s POWER Plus Plan, part of a national effort to aid communities that have been affected by the coal industry’s decline. The grants support various initiatives, including education, infrastructure and economic diversification.

The EntreEd program enables K-12 teachers to integrate entrepreneurial content and context into delivery of required standards in any subject or grade level. The project will educate the next generation of Appalachia’s workers to create their own businesses to drive the local economy. As part of the grant, NACCE will provide entrepreneurship education training, webinars and technical assistance to educators and community leaders.

“The POWER initiative is the primary economic and workforce component representing the federal government’s support of economic diversification in coal communities and employment and training services for workers displaced from the coal economy,” said NACCE President and CEO, Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. “We are excited to work in impactful areas involving high school and vocational schools whose teachers play a pivotal role in helping students find different pathways to entrepreneurial success.”

According to EntreEd Executive Director Gene Coulson, Ed.D., the grant award will be disbursed over three years, hopefully alongside additional funding from a private foundation and the ARC. “These funds will expand the footprint of the proven EntreEd program into five additional counties in West Virginia, eleven counties in Kentucky, three counties in Ohio, one county in Tennessee and two counties in Virginia,” said Coulson. “The EntreEd program will serve 15,000 K-12 Appalachian students in 50 individuals schools and 7 community colleges over the life of the award.”

Rebecca Corbin
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
Carol Savage