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CVCC Selected to Host Regional Entrepreneurship Education Summit

Catawba Valley Community College is one of five community colleges across the nation chosen to host one-day training sessions this year to promote the growth of entrepreneurship education.

Called NACCE Summits, the events are being sponsored by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. The NACCE Summit at CVCC will be held Mon., June 3.

CVCC was chosen through a competition that identified colleges with the expertise to:

• Promote commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship education that empowers students to think entrepreneurially; and

• Create deep-rooted connections with local entrepreneurs that will result in deeper learning experiences for students, improved curricular effectiveness for faculty, engaging opportunities for small business owners, and increased institutional capacity and leadership.

“Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for economic transition throughout the nation,” says CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw. “Community colleges hold the keys for many new ideas and support services to help businesses get off the ground.  It is an honor to host the national association that is driving change relevant to the role of our institutions for economic transition and prosperity.”

CVCC is the driving force in local entrepreneurship education. The college hosted for the first time this year the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour featuring three young millionaire entrepreneurs who shared their experiences with students and members of the community. The annual Shark Tank-style business idea competition for students and staff has spawned a number of local business startups. The Entrepreneurship Speakers Series showcases local successful business leaders. And every year, the CVCC Small Business Center helps hundreds of individuals bring a business idea to life.

The NACCE Summits are made possible through financial support received through NACCE’s partnerships with the Coleman Foundation and Sam’s Club®. Each summit will have a theme focused on the economic needs of the host college’s region.

Other NACCE Summits will be held at:
• Ridgewater College, Willmar, Minnesota – June 7
• Rio Salado Community College, Tempe, Arizona – November 14
• Miami-Dade College, Miami, Florida – November 18
• New River Community and Technical College, Ghent, West Virginia – November 21

For more information about NACCE or to register for the CVCC-hosted event, visit


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