The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, celebrated the publication of its new book, Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Communities and Students, during a special book signing event at SXSW EDU 2019.
NACCE’s new book was selected to be featured during the SXSW bookstore book-signing event today. Contributing authors Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., president and CEO of NACCE, and Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D., chancellor of Tarrant County College District in Texas – one of the largest community college systems in the country – signed copies of the book for participants attending the conference.
Prior to the book signing, Rebecca Corbin presented a session on entrepreneurship, equity, and inclusion. Her remarks focused on entrepreneurship as a leadership strategy; diversity and inclusion as a means for unleashing creativity and innovation; and revenue generation strategies for community colleges – themes that resonate in NACCE’s new book.
“We are extremely excited about being selected by SXSW to present at the conference and have our new publication featured during the book signing event,” said Corbin. “In Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation, entrepreneurship thought leaders share best practices and offer practical strategies for building entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities.”
Also participating in the signing was NACCE member, Austin Community College (ACC), which is participating in a grant-supported pilot program sponsored by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with NACCE. Now in its second year, the Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) initiative brings free technology and immersive hands-on learning experiences to help middle school girls in rural areas prepare for the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers of the future. Devon Miller, program director of the VIL STEM Summer Camp Program at ACC, represented the college at the signing. ACC is one of 16 NACCE member colleges participating in this innovative program.
NACCE’s first book is co-authored by member college presidents and faculty, as well as national entrepreneurship experts. It made its debut during National Entrepreneurship Week last month at a special reception hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington, D.C. ACCT President and CEO and former NACCE board member J. Noah Brown, wrote the book’s afterword. “To meet the needs of students and communities, we must adopt an entrepreneurial mindset – letting our passion dictate our direction while exercising moral courage and risk-taking to shift the curve of decision making by rejecting the status quo,” said Brown at the reception.
Proceeds from book sales will be directed to a scholarship fund for professional development for community college faculty and staff for entrepreneurship training. To order, call 800 232-0223; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.styluspub.com.
NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents, and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and on their campuses. Its mission is to provide leadership and sustainable, scalable resources to foster entrepreneurial thinking and action in one of the largest entrepreneurial ecosystems in North America. The association represents 300+ community and technical colleges and 2,000 faculty, staff, administrators, and presidents who serve more than 3.3 million students.
For more information, visit www.nacce.com