Ivy Tech-Bloomington chosen as presenter at annual national community college entrepreneurship conference

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has been chosen to present at the 10th Annual Conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), being held in Chicago October 7-10. Ivy Tech-Bloomington is hosting three separate presentations at the conference.

The three day conference, which marks NACCEs 10th year as a major force in entrepreneurship education, is expected to draw 500 community college administrators and faculty from across the nation and around the world. Over 50 learning sessions and workshops will be held to share information on the work being done at community colleges in the United States.

Presenters for Ivy Tech-Bloomington include: John Whikehart, Chancellor; Steve Bryant, Executive Director, Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship; Linda Williamson, President, Linda Williams Consulting LLC; and Andrew Lambert, Adjunct Faculty for Business Administration.

“Part of the strategic plan of the college is to support and respond to the economic development needs of the community, and Ivy Tech-Bloomington developed the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship as a way to stimulate the local economy and support aspiring entrepreneurs within the college and communities we serve,” said John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart is one of five college leaders from across the nation who has been asked by NACCE to speak at the annual national conference, and will talk about how to maximize exposure for community college entrepreneurial education programs.

Other Ivy Tech-Bloomington session presentations will cover growth issues for entrepreneurs, as well as experiential learning opportunities for students.

This marks the second time that Ivy Tech-Bloomington will present at the annual national NACCE Conference.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) (http://www.nacce.com) is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates of 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-serve, 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. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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