National Association for Community Colleges Names Colleges of Excellence

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in Community Colleges; NACCE Announces College of Excellence Winners

Springfield, MA, April 15, 2019 --( 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.

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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Contact: Rebecca Corbin, 856-404-0388
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
Carol Savage