Springfield, MA – Cleveland Community College is one of 11 community colleges from across the country to come out on top in the NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action Grant Competition, powered by The Coleman Foundation at the annual conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), held in Charlotte, NC, in mid-October. The $15,000 will be used to expand the college’s “Entrepreneurship External Team” of supporters and establish a Center for Entrepreneurship at Cleveland Community College.
NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker that has donated over $50 million to improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, promote the option of self-employment, and help create a new generation of business owners.
The winning colleges will receive grants totaling $162,500 to support programs to build their capacity for promoting entrepreneurship in the communities they serve. This grant total represents the largest support yet provided at the NACCE Conference by the Coleman Foundation, which has offered grants at the conference since 2007.
“This year’s competitors were asked to propose efforts that will either grow internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship or increase the engagement of practicing entrepreneurs on campus,” said NACCE President & CEO Heather Van Sickle. “These two critical areas are the first two steps of NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. The variety of innovative ideas that all of the competing colleges put forth for achieving these goals was amazing. We can’t wait to see the results the winners produce on their campuses thanks to these generous grants from the Coleman Foundation.”
"We’re extremely pleased to be a Coleman Foundation grant recipient. Small businesses are the true backbone of our economy and we recognize a very real need in our community to provide a central resource to help local startups and even established small businesses grow and expand. The Center for Entrepreneurship at Cleveland Community College will aim to integrate the many local entrepreneurial resources and provide a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs that are thinking of starting a business, learning a new business skill, or want to take their business to the next level. The Coleman Foundation grant will help us accelerate our plans to launch the Center for Entrepreneurship in 2014,” said Ken Mooney, vice president Continuing Education, Cleveland Community College.
“A strategy of the Coleman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Education Impact Plan is to fund efforts to increase the engagement of practicing entrepreneurs, faculty and community supporters in the entrepreneurship education process,” said Clark McCain, senior program officer at the Coleman Foundation. “This approach aligns with important parts of NACCE’s agenda, and we are excited to support 11 member colleges as they build teams and make new community relationships that will improve their programs.”
About The Coleman Foundation
The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on supporting Midwest non-profit organizations. Foundation resources support cancer treatment, developmental disability services, and entrepreneurship education. In 1981, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to “get a job” rather than to “create” one. Since that time, the Foundation has committed over $50 million to improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, promote the option of self-employment, and help create a new generation of business owners. For more information, visit http://www.colemanfoundation.org.
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (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: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.
Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting actions 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.
NACCE has over 300 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 465,000 students.