Entrepreneurial association names Algonquin College president to board of directors

Algonquin College president Cheryl Jensen has become the first Canadian named to the board of directors of a U.S.-based organization that promotes entrepreneurship on community college campuses.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship includes more than 300 colleges representing nearly 2,000 educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs and serves about 3.3 million students. The non-profit organization founded in 2002 encourages colleges to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and expand their roles in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their communities.

“It is a great honour to be the first Canadian on the NAACE board of directors,” Ms. Jensen said in a statement. “The leadership that this organization has shown in entrepreneurship is outstanding and I am very pleased to help spread the NAACE message beyond the United States.”

Ms. Jensen became the first woman president of Algonquin College in 2014. Since taking the job, she has made entrepreneurship a key part of her mandate.

In February, Algonquin College unveiled IgniteAC, which offers office and meeting space, mentorship and entrepreneurship resources and programming for the school’s students and employees.

Most recently, the college presented a multimillion-dollar proposal asking the federal government to help fund the Algonquin College Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Centre and the Algonquin College Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship.

“We are delighted that president Jensen has agreed to join the NACCE Board of Directors,” Eugene Giovannini, chairman of the NACCE board and president of Arizona’s Maricoa Corporate College, said in a statement. “She is a proven leader with the ability to bring innovative thinking to our mission of expanding entrepreneurship at community colleges throughout the country and beyond.”

Algonquin College offers a diploma in Management and Entrepreneurship and its student association provides funding, assistance and access to events and competitions