Lehigh Carbon Community College President Pledges To Promote Entrepreneurship

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Promotes Entrepreneurship by Engaging Community Colleges to Take the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge

Schnecksville, Pa. – August 18, 2014 -- The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Ann D. Bieber, of Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pa., has taken its Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Through the pledge, presidents of community colleges throughout the country pledge to take five action steps that will increase their focus on entrepreneurship and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve.

With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 200 community colleges throughout the country have signed the entrepreneurship pledge, and by doing so, have committed to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.

“Entrepreneurship is at the heart of every success story in business and industry; at the core of the American Dream,” Bieber said. “It’s critical we continue to stoke the fires of economic growth by instilling in our students a sense of entrepreneurship – giving them the skills they need to have the confidence in themselves and their goals – to empower students to be bold, to venture and to ultimately be successful.”

About the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge

The Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge 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 President and CEO Heather Van Sickle, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. Community college presidents who take the pledge commit to these five action steps:

• 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 action steps 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.”

About NACCE

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 community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "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. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.

About Lehigh Carbon Community College

Founded in 1966, Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) serves more than 7,500 students from Lehigh, Carbon, Schuylkill and surrounding counties offering more than 90 programs of study including healthcare, information technology, criminal justice, digital media and business administration. From the main campus in Schnecksville and modern satellite campuses in Allentown, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe, LCCC offers two-year associate degrees, certificate and specialized diploma programs, and workforce training for students studying either full-time, part-time or online.