POV: Community Colleges’ Role in Economic Development

Forging Strategic Partnerships with Businesses Can Advance Entrepreneurial Learning
(This article appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Community College Week)

Heather Van Sickle
Executive Director
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship


Andre Taylor
Taylor Insight

Entrepreneurship and small business growth are always hot topics in communities across the U.S., but never more so than in the wake of the recession. Community colleges can take a leadership role in local economic development by providing educational opportunities – both credit and credit-free – that give would be entrepreneurs and the owners of existing small businesses the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

But these programs would be significantly more robust if they included strategic partnerships with entrepreneurial companies in your community that have a vested interest both in working with your institution and in seeing the local business community grow… Read More

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