NCC Named College of Excellence

One of five community colleges nationwide recognized by NACCE

Northampton Community College (NCC) was one of five community colleges nationwide recognized by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) as an institution demonstrating entrepreneurial excellence. This honor was announced during the Entrepreneurial College of Excellence Awards at the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) annual conference on April 15 in Orlando, Florida.

To be eligible to receive the award, college presidents must have signed NACCE’s President for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP). NACCE initiated the PFEP to ignite positive change across campuses and in the classroom. The colleges are selected by demonstrating excellence in one of five action steps presidents and colleges are asked to commit to when signing the PFEP. The winners in each of the steps include:

Step 1: Form teams to focus on entrepreneurship
Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA

Step 2: Connect with entrepreneurs in the community
Houston Community College, Houston, TX

Step 3: Collaborate with industry in your region
Pierpont Community & Technical College, Fairmont, WV

Step 4: Focus on business and job creation
Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR

Step 5: Share stories through events and the media
Borough of Manhattan CC, New York, NY

“The PFEP serves as the foundation for entrepreneurial leadership in our member colleges,” said Corbin. “If you are doing innovative work, you deserve to be recognized and share what you are doing as part of our best practices on a national level. This is the essence of the College of Excellence award.”

In 2018, NCC opened the Follett Family Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the college’s Fowler Family Southside Center, providing an open learning environment where the innovative spirit, technology and skills align to drive the entrepreneurial mindset and support small businesses in the Lehigh Valley, while fostering the critical thinking skills students need to thrive in the world.

Rebecca Corbin and Dr. Mark Erickson