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Comments from Impact Award Winners

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Here are snippets from the acceptance speeches of this morning’s Impact Award winners; this program is sponsored by Community College Week:


Zach Hodges, Houston Community College, Northwest, 2013 Entrepreneurial President of 2013 – In 2007, some Houston businessmen came to me and said they wanted to make a difference in the community. They are still working with us and my role in this has been to always find a way to always say yes to them.”


Sandy Louvier, Houston Community College – I came to my first NACCE conference in 2009 when I had only been with the college for a few months. I thought, "Here’s my people!” Some of the people who inspired me were Donna Duffy and Carlene Cassidy. There’s a lot more to do; let’s do it together.


Jamie Zanios, North Iowa Area Community College – Entrepreneurship has been a passion, and when you do something that is a passion, it doesn’t seem like work. Most successful programs have brought in people who have been entrepreneurs to create new entrepreneurs so keep that I mind when you’re developing your programs.


Alumni Entrepreneur Award winners:


Heather Howe, Fields of Heather Bakery – Speaking of Heather, Carlene Cassidy said, "My dream for you is that you get to have a student like Heather Howe some day.”

Heather: "I would not be here with Anne Arundel Community College; I loved it so much that I went back twice and have received three associate degrees.”


Sarah Pizzaro, Ability Home Care, Indian River State College – Has grown her business by 400 percent and currently employs 45 individuals. "I appreciate and value the education I received at my college.”


Fabi Preslar, SPARK Publications, Central Piedmont Community College – "Central Piedmont Community College launched my life and my career.”


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