To launch Global Entrepreneurship Week and foster entrepreneurship at the College, Algonquin College today announced joining the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). NACCE is a leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. Now in its 10th year, NACCE is a major force in entrepreneurship education, spearheading a national movement among community colleges to develop a new breed of educators and administrators dedicated to helping underserved entrepreneurs start, run and grow thriving companies.
“We are pleased to welcome Algonquin College to NACCE,” said Heather Van Sickle, NACCE executive director. “NACCE thrives because of the willingness of its members to share information about how to build strong entrepreneurship programs. We know Algonquin College will benefit from being part of our community, as will the entrepreneurs and small business owners it serves through its various campuses.”
“Joining NACCE fits well with the many exciting things happening in the entrepreneurship arena here at the College,” said Kent MacDonald, President of Algonquin College. “Entrepreneurship and innovation are among our key strategic priorities as part of an overall plan to enhance the entrepreneurial culture at the College.” Andrew Foti, Executive-in-Residence at Algonquin College, added, “Participation in NACCE will help the College and Algonquin Students’ Association continue to strengthen resources and linkages available to both students and faculty at Algonquin in this important area of economic activity.”
NACCE includes nearly 300 colleges in Canada and the U.S., representing over 1,400 entrepreneurship education professionals. Through these educators, approximately 465,000 students are exposed to the possibility of putting their newly acquired skills and knowledge to work in their own business, if not immediately then at some point in the future. In addition, countless small business owners and entrepreneurs benefit from education, mentoring, and other important services provided by NACCE members.
For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week at Algonquin College, visit the Algonquin Students’ Association’s website,www.algonquinsa.com. You can also view the launch video for Global Entrepreneurship Week at Algonquin College here.