Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood has taken the
Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge through the National Association of
Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused
on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. 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 well-being of the communities they serve.
Kaskaskia College is one of 11 community colleges from
across the country to win the 2013 NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action
Grant Competition, funded by the Coleman Foundation. The winning colleges
receive grants to support programs to build their capacity for promoting
entrepreneurship in the communities they serve. The Coleman Foundation is a
private, independent grant maker 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.
“Kaskaskia College is dedicated to the economic growth of
our district,” Dr. Underwood said. “With
our Small Business Development Center, our South Central Illinois Growth
Alliance, and the business incubator programs in place at our education
centers, as well as other initiatives, we are committed to growing our local
economy by giving startup businesses the best chance to succeed and by training
a local workforce to attract new businesses and expand current businesses.”
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.
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.
More information can be found at www.nacce.com.