Ridgewater College, in Willmar, Minnesota, is one of five community colleges across the nation chosen to host one-day training sessions this year to promote the growth of entrepreneurship education in their regions. The events, called the NACCE Summits, are being sponsored by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. The NACCE Summit at Ridgewater Community College will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013.
Ridgewater College and the other NACCE Summit host colleges were chosen through a competition that sought to identify colleges that could host regional events focused on:
• Promoting commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship education that empowers students to think entrepreneurially; and
• Creating deep-rooted connections with local entrepreneurs that will result in deeper learning experiences for students, improved curricular effectiveness for faculty, engaging opportunities for small business owners, and increased institutional capacity and leadership.
“We are excited to host the summit in Willmar and to showcase all the creative work of faculty and students engaged in entrepreneurship in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. I’m particularly pleased that we’ve been able to partner with the MinnWest Technology Campus to host the summit. It is precisely because of the vision and energy of local entrepreneurs that the former regional treatment center has become a hub for innovation and growth. I can think of no more logical place to host a summit on entrepreneurship,” stated Ridgewater College President Dr. Douglas Allen.
The NACCE Summits are made possible through financial support received through NACCE’s partnerships with the Coleman Foundation and Sam’s Club®. Each summit will have a theme focused on the economic needs of the host college’s region. In addition to the Catawba Valley Community College NACCE Summit, here are the locations and dates of the other NACCE Summits:
• Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, North Carolina – June 3
• Rio Salado Community College, Tempe, Arizona – November 14
• Miami-Dade College, Miami, Florida – November 18
• New River Community and Technical College, Ghent, West Virginia – November 21
Registration for all of the summits opens in April at http://www.nacce.com.
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“As a NACCE-sponsored training, each regional summit will bring together key stakeholders who are essential in building sustainable, high-impact entrepreneurship programs at community colleges and the areas they serve,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “As part of each gathering, attendees will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurially-minded colleagues, share best practices, and gain core skills that enable them to implement the five action steps of NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Through the pledge, over 180 community college presidents across the country have committed to helping individuals and families achieve their personal and business dreams.”
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.