National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Appoints Two New Board Members

NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. Names Two Education Leaders from California to NACCE Board of Directors.

Springfield, MA, January 16, 2019 --( Two New Board Members Are from California

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has appointed two new members to its board of directors. Joining the NACCE board this month are Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., president of San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), and Loretta Adrian, Ph.D., president of Coastline Community College (CCC) in Fountain Valley, California.

“We are delighted to welcome these two educational trailblazers to NACCE’s board of directors,” said NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. “With their expertise in workforce development, educational programming, and working with diverse populations in local communities, we are confident they will make significant contributions to our growing board.”

Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D.
Cortez is president of the nation’s largest noncredit adult educational institution, with an annual enrollment of 40,000 students. He is a longtime educational leader with a strong commitment to social justice. As an educator with Teach for America, he witnessed first-hand the injustices in classrooms and hardships students face in urban communities.

“Adult education is leading the way for creating innovative entrepreneurship opportunities for students,” said Cortez. “I am looking forward to working with the board to develop resources that strengthen community colleges in these areas.”

His leadership with SDCE resulted in new programming that reaches opportunity youth in San Diego and a significant increase in new faculty, staff, and administrators. In 2017, he co-authored a study dealing with state enhancements supporting noncredit program growth. The research report, entitled, “The Past, Present, and Future of Noncredit Education in California Community Colleges,” received a Mertes Award for Excellence in Community College Research from the Association of California Community College Administrators.

Cortez has a bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from Georgetown University, a master’s in Race and Gender Politics from New York University, and a Education Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California.

Loretta Adrian, Ph.D.
Adrianbecame president of Coastline Community College in 2010. She has spent more than 20 years in the California community college system with extensive experience working in large multi-college districts such as San Mateo County and San Diego Community College Districts, and now at the Coast Community College District. As president, Adrian has enhanced Coastline’s culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and excellence and fostered student and equity-centered mindset and practice.

As a first-generation Filipino-American, Adrian’s journey is described by a mentor and colleague as “a typical immigrant story of hard work and perseverance.” After college graduation, she joined the U.S. Peace Corps and taught Tagalog to international volunteers in Manila, working her way up to project director. After a period of adjustment as an immigrant to the U.S. and parenthood, she pursued both her master’s and Ph.D. as a single mother while raising two children and working full time.

“It has been such a privilege serving students from diverse backgrounds in the community college system – comprised of teaching and learning-centered institutions that transform students’ lives through education, facilitated and nurtured by caring staff and faculty,” said Adrian.

Adrian has a bachelor’s from the University of Philippines, a master’s in Communication Theory from University of the Pacific, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University. In 2017, the Pacific Trade and Culture Alliance awarded the “Diversity Visionary Award” to Adrian for her work with diverse populations in local communities. She also received the “President of the Year” award from the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education.

Both Adrian and Cortez will present at the 2019 NACCE Annual Conference October 13-16 in Newport Beach, CA. NACCE will also host the Make/SHIFT conference April 24-26 in Irvine, CA.

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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