MCC receives funding for student Entrepreneurship program

Muscatine Community College (MCC) has been selected as one of 11 colleges nationwide to receive funding from the Coleman Foundation.

The college was awarded $14,500 to create Muscatine Entrepreneurial Mentoring Opportunities, pairing students with local entrepreneurs in multiple settings. The winning colleges were part of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Entrepreneurial College in Action Grant Competition, sponsored by the Coleman Foundation.

MCC, one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, will be hosting its third annual Entrepreneurship Day next spring. The day provides a unique opportunity for select college and high school students to learn more about entrepreneurship and what it takes to own and operate a business.  

The event includes workshops and a presentation from a noted business figure. Last year’s speaker was Joe Crookham, Founder and CEO of Musco Lighting. The NACCE grant allows the college to expand the program, providing students with the opportunity to be paired with local business mentors to study together and be coached as they develop business concepts and plans.

More than 30 colleges competed for the funding with personal presentations made during NACCE’s national conference in Charlotte, NC. Presenting for MCC were President Bob Allbee and Business Instructor Jim Elias.

NACCE is the nation’s leading organization promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grant maker that has donated more than $50 million to improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, promote the option of self-employment, and help create a new generation of business owners.

"This year’s competitors were asked to propose efforts that will either grow internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship or increase the engagement of practicing entrepreneurs on campus,” said NACCE President & CEO Heather Van Sickle. "These two critical areas are the first two steps of NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. The variety of innovative ideas that all of the competing colleges put forth for achieving these goals was amazing. We can’t wait to see the results the winners produce on their campuses thanks to these generous grants from the Coleman Foundation.”

NACCE has more than 300 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 465,000 students. The organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs, has two main goals: empowering colleges to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and growing the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

For more information about MCC’s Entrepreneurship Day call the college at 563-288-6001.