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Thirteen Community Colleges Awarded Elevator Grants at 2009 NACCE Conference

Tuesday, January 20, 2009   (0 Comments)
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Thirteen Community Colleges Awarded

Elevator Grants at 2009 NACCE Conference


The Coleman Foundation and the John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation announce grant awards to grow entrepreneurship education in community colleges. 


Thirteen community colleges from across the country were awarded a total of $85,700 in the Elevator Grant competition funded by the Coleman Foundation and the John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation at the National Association for Community Colleges Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Conference on January 6, 2009.


This grant program employs investments in three categories of work to introduce or expand self-employment education on campus: faculty development, community outreach, and linkage activities between K-16.


The "elevator grant” method is based on the business planning skill of describing a new business venture in a three-minute pitch that could be given to a potential investor during an elevator ride. Using similar concepts, the Coleman and Hughes foundations have conducted sessions for secondary, community college and collegiate educators to demonstrate the impact of well placed small grants and to promote the value of self-employment. At the 2008 NACCE conference $108,100 was awarded to thirteen schools.


Applicants from community colleges across the nation submitted a short proposal describing their program and its expected outcomes. Twenty-four finalists gave a three-minute, in-person "pitch” to foundation representatives on January 5, 2009 at the NACCE Conference in Anaheim, California.  Immediate deliberation by the foundations’ board and staff ensured "on the spot” funding, with grant checks presented the following day.


Colleges receiving grants from the Coleman Foundation were:


Columbia College, CA - $7,500 to support entrepreneur interview series "Inside the Entrepreneur- Enlightening Lessons" a project to capture stories of local entrepreneurs and create DVDs for instructional purposes for the classroom and community outreach.


Community College of Beaver County, PA - $6,500 to support development of low-income middle school students with community college entrepreneurship program using National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum and host a youth entrepreneurship camp.


Harry S. Truman College, IL - $7,500 to develop a family child care entrepreneurship program to help create businesses to address the child care shortage in the community.


Iowa Western Community College, IA - $7,500 to establish Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. Entrepreneur will interact with faculty, students and community members, act as a mentor for aspiring entrepreneurs, assume in-classroom assignments, offer coaching to community entrepreneurs, and participate in training workshops and seminars.


James Sprunt Community College, NC - $4,200 to develop a training program including workshops, counseling, community eCommerce web site, entrepreneur participation, and business incubator to help entrepreneurs develop specialty food businesses.


Laramie County Community College, WY - $7,500 to support creation of a cross-campus entrepreneurship advisory committee to achieve integrated entrepreneurship education through partnerships across the campus.


Mid-Plains Community College, NE - $5,000 to develop entrepreneurship workshops in rural community based on a model with innovative combinations of learning tools, technology, and partnerships,


Northeast Higher Education District, MN - $5,000 to support the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour program across five community college campuses intended to create a forum for students to learn the possibilities offered through entrepreneurship.


Pima County Community College District, AZ - $7,500 to support development of entrepreneurship outreach program and expand service offerings for self-employment, training and business advising to veterans, military in transition, and National Guard members. Also, to expand and strengthen outreach program to increase knowledge and use of entrepreneurial assistance programs available to veterans.


Snow College, UT - $7,500 to support entrepreneurial lecture series program to deliver inspiration and education from guest lecturers designed to encourage interdisplinary entrepreneurial education, outreach to community entrepreneurs and business owners, and develop K-16 linkages.



Colleges receiving grants from the Hughes Foundation were:


Bunker Hill Community College, MA - $7,500 to support program development of the Community Center for Entrepreneurship designed to promote opportunities and supports for students, alumni and the community, through creation of entrepreneurial studies, partnerships with local business groups, and a resource center to mentor new entrepreneurs.


Colorado Mountain College, CO - $5,000 to implement a pilot business incubator and provide mini-grants for high school and community college students to launch a business or develop  product prototype.


Miami Dade College, FL - $7,500 to develop collateral marketing materials focusing on awareness of Entrepreneurship Certificate program and Associate in Science in Marketing Management with a concentration in entrepreneurship while also increasing communication with high school administration, faculty and staff.  


The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on supporting Midwest non-profit organizations.  Foundation resources support cancer care, treatment and research, developmental disability services, and education – with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. In 1981, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to "get a job” rather than to "create” one.  Since that time, the Foundation has committed over $44 million to improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, promote the option of self-employment, and help create a new generation of business owners.   


The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation is a private, charitable family foundation engaged in philanthropic activities primarily to promote and support entrepreneurship awareness and education.




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