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Opportunity Knocks For Entrepreneurship Education: Innovative Approaches for Obtaining Department of Labor TAACCCT Grants

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Across the country, community colleges are hard at work figuring out how to take advantage of the U.S. Department of Labor's intention to grant $2 billion to support programs that will help dislocated workers - those who have lost a job or are at risk of losing a job due to foreign trade - retool their skills and credentials. Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Community College Capacity Building Grants (TAACCG), the DOL will parcel out $500 million annually through 2014, with grant applications for 2011 due April 21. Of special interest to NACCE members, entrepreneurship education is one of the areas in which the DOL is encouraging applications.

As part of its effort to help community colleges become more customer-centric, the DOL requires each grant request to include a community partner that is helping the school identify and address the needs of their community or region.

During this webinar we will share an example of how colleges and community partners are working together to seek new funding for entrepreneurship through this grant. Cem Erdem, the entrepreneur who heads Augusoft, Inc., has founded Project Skyway in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. This tech accelerator program is working to create a more healthy entrepreneurial community in Minnesota that empowers startups and entrepreneurs by bringing the funding, talent and mentors together. Project Skyway is connecting with a consortium of NACCE members in Minnesota, including Dakota County Technical College on the development of a DOL grant. This project brings NACCE, NACCE member schools and a valued NACCE partner together in a very unique way.

In this webinar:

  • How this consortium is collaborating to obtain a DOL grant to expand entrepreneurship education and business acceleration in Minnesota and beyond.
  • What is Project Skyway and how other NACCE members can tie into this innovative offering to obtain grant funds.
  • How NACCE can help other member colleges to obtain funding.
  • Guidance on federal proposal preparation.
  • unique roundtable open discussion with all of our panelists taking live questions from webinar attendees.

"This is a chance to build up our entrepreneurship program; don't miss it!"- Cem Erdem

Presented by:

Cem Erdem, CEO, Augusoft

Heather Van Sickle, Executive Director, NACCE

Christine Pigsley, Dean, Dakota County Technical College

Megan Ballard, Grant Development Specialist, Springfield Technical Community College

Links from the webinar

Grant RFP:

More about the grants:

Project Skyway:

NACCE article about grants:

Christine Pigsley (Dakota County Technical College):

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