The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Dr. Bill Seymour, of Cleveland State Community College, has taken its Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge.
Through the pledge, presidents of community colleges throughout the country pledge to take five action steps that will increase their focus on entrepreneurship and the impact these colleges have on the economic wellbeing of the communities they serve.
With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 200 community colleges throughout the country have joined the entrepreneurship forum, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.
Dr. Seymour commented, “I am very pleased to accept the NACCE President’s for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Cleveland State is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of business in our service area and advancing our economic development. Taking and acting on this pledge will further serve to strengthen our efforts and community partnerships.”
The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge is in response to the Obama Administration’s Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.
NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.
According to NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. Community college presidents who take the pledge commit to these five action steps:
n Develop transparency of community college and community assets
n Create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship
n Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges
n Engage in industry cluster development
n Create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
“The five action steps were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was working best on member campuses,” said Van Sickle.
“After observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said.
“One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship.”
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 for community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.”