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Contact: Michael McAllister
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June 1, 2012

York Tech Wins Award in National Entrepreneurship Video Competition

ROCK HILLYork Technical College was named one of the winners of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship's $25,000 national video competition. York Tech placed third in the “3 Minutes to Win It: Engaging Alumni Entrepreneurs” contest, which was open to community colleges throughout the country.

Entrants were required to submit a three-minute video illustrating their most innovative ideas to involve alumni in campus initiatives that support entrepreneurship education. Funding for the contest was provided through a grant from the Coleman Foundation, a Chicago-based foundation that is a long-time supporter of entrepreneurship education and of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

York Tech's humorous entry was a play on the popular television show "The Apprentice."

Edie Dillé, Associate Dean for Business and Information Technology, accepted the $4,000 cash prize on behalf of the college. She said the funds will be used for an “educational apprentice” type competition. Student teams will be matched with alumni entrepreneurs to compete to create the best marketing campaign, as determined by an impartial panel.

“We are delighted to have these funds to enhance opportunities for our current entrepreneurial students to work with our alumni entrepreneurs," Dillé said.

The other contest winners were Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ (1st); Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI (2nd); Central Community College, Hastings, NE (4th); and Hawaii Community College, Hilo HI (5th).

“We congratulate the video winners and hope their videos will inspire other community colleges to seek out more engagement with their alumni entrepreneurs,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “Students gain from seeing role models and having mentors.”

All of the winning videos may be viewed here. Funds awarded to the community colleges will be used to launch new alumni outreach initiatives, enhance current programs, improve existing alumni data, and encourage greater involvement by alumni business owners in entrepreneurship education at their alma maters.

NACCE, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, 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 education. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the “entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, 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 the 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 Follow NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.

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