PDCCC partners with NACCE to nurture entrepreneurship
(Franklin, VA) —Paul D. Camp Community College has joined more than 300 community colleges across the country in the effort to promote entrepreneurship within the college and the community.
“Our partnership with National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is congruent with our focus on becoming more of a resource rather than just a service to the community,” said PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin. “We are committed to improving our local economy by educating students, encouraging entrepreneurs, and promoting local businesses and jobs.”
Founded in 2002 at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts, The NACCE mission is “to create a community college culture that fosters economic vitality through entrepreneurship.” The mindset utilizes an entrepreneurial approach based on principles supported by the research of Dr. Saras Sarasvathy, the Isidore Horween research associate professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
NACCE believes this strategic approach will help grow and retain students, which in turn can improve resource opportunities.
According to NACCE President and CEO Dr. Rebecca A. Corbin, the organization is vibrant and provides an array of professional development opportunities and access to grant funds in addition to strategic resources.
“We look forward to learning and engaging with PDCCC and other innovative institutions to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture on community college campuses across the nation,” Corbin said. “President Lufkin was an active participant in our recent national conference in Sacramento, California. He leads with an entrepreneurial mindset that is focused on serving students, faculty, staff and the community. We celebrate that spirit and encourage presidents across the country to follow this example.”
Toni Johnson, dean of occupational/technical programs and Richard Baker, industrial trades faculty member, also attended the conference.
For more information about NACCE, visit www.nacce.com.
About Paul D. Camp Community College
Opened in 1971, Paul D. Camp Community College is a two-year public educational institution with campuses in Franklin and Suffolk, and a Center in Smithfield, VA. With the mission of providing diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community, the College offers a wide array of educational opportunities and workforce training. Educational opportunities include: Associate degrees, career studies certificates in transfer and career/technical programs; credit and non-credit workforce services; training for businesses and industries; and special interest classes for the community.
About National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is a member organization of over 300 community colleges representing nearly 2,000 staff. Presidents, educators, administrators and center directors are 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 leading 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.
For more information, visit www.nacce.com.
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