Cleveland State’s President Hite Joins National Forum to Promote Entrepreneurship
CLEVELAND, TN- The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Carl Hite of Cleveland State Community College has joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. Through the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve. Officials from four other Tennessee community colleges have also joined the new forum.
With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 175 community colleges have joined the entrepreneurship forum, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.
Dr. Carl Hite, CSCC President, said, “Cleveland State has played a major role in the creation of new businesses in this community because of the establishment of two business incubators, under the leadership of Hurley Buff and the work of our Small Business Development Center, under the leadership of David Hudson. Now with college membership in NACCE, we hope to do even more in giving residents in Tennessee an opportunity to start their own businesses and be very successful.
Other Tennessee community college presidents joining the forum are: Bruce Scism, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin; Ivan Jones, Tennessee Technology Center, Shelbyville; Mark Lenz, Tennessee Technology Center, Nashville; and Gary Goff, Roane State Community College, serving Roane County and Oak Ridge, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Loudon, Morgan and Scott Counties.
About the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum
The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is in response to the Obama Administration’s Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.
According to NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. Community college presidents who join the Forum make five commitments:
• Develop transparency of community college and community assets
• Create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship
• Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges
• Engage in industry cluster development
• Create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
“The five commitments were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was working best on member campuses,” said Van Sickle. “After observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said. “One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship.”
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates for “entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. For more information about the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum, or to join NACCE, visit http://www.nacce.com Follo.w NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.
Photo Cutline: Dr. Carl Hite, CSCC President, recently joined the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NAACCE) Forum.
Dr. Carl Hite, Cleveland State President.
I like Cleveland State because the campus is beautiful, and it has been to find my way around. All of my teachers really seem to care about providing me with a quality education.”