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A summary listing of colleges receiving grants and gifts

  • The Lake Superior College (Minn.) Foundation recently recognized Integrated Manufacturing students Jonathan Foster, Jason Johnson, Brandon Zais, Steve Larson and Ross Kroening by awarding each a new toolbox full of $1,500 worth of new tools for their studies. Foster, Johnson, Zais, Larson and Kroening each earned the Machine Technology Toolbox Scholarship based on their classroom performance, career goals, commitment to the program and quality of outside-the-classroom work and volunteering. Each composite-sided toolbox contains nearly $1,500 worth of wrenches, ratchet sets and more. If they complete their Integrated Manufacturing program, they get to keep the tools for their career and personal use.

  • Four community colleges which have shown excellence in their entrepreneurship programs have each been awarded $10,000 grants through the “Shared Vision for Small Business” grant competition conducted by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and Sam’s Club. The grants are the cornerstone of a collaboration formed last year between NACCE, the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, and Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club is providing financial support for NACCE and for members of its Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP), through which more than 180 community colleges presidents have agreed to fulfill five commitments that will increase both the focus on entrepreneurship at community colleges and the impact these colleges have on the economic well-being of the communities they serve. The winning colleges and the programs that will be supported by the grants are:

    • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis:  Deliver the Small Business Design, Plan and Grow Program, an experiential learning program that includes a three-day, 24-hour Business Model Generation Workshop and an eight-week, 24-hour E-seed Express Entrepreneurship Training Series, one-on-one coaching, and networking.

    • Long Beach City College, Long Beach, Calif.  Expand a customized training program for small business owners, augmented with one-on-one advising offered through the LBCC Small Business Development Center.

    • North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Wash.: Enhance and expand offerings through the on-campus Entrepreneur Success Center, which provides one-to-one assistance for individuals who contemplating starting a business, in the early stages of their start-up process, or experiencing a stall-out in taking their business to the next level.

    • South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Ariz: Continue the development and enhancement of the college’s Small Business & Entrepreneur Center, which is both a physical and virtual resource for entrepreneurs. A portion of the grant funds will be used to pay stipends to local entrepreneurs to advise returning veterans and students about entrepreneurship and self-employment.

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