An Entrepreneurial Approach to Education

Wilmington University alumna Dr. Rebecca Corbin is now president and CEO of the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

Dr. Rebecca Corbin

Dr. Corbin, who earned an Ed.D. in Organizational Learning, Leadership and Innovation at WilmU in 2015, is also co-editor of a new NACCE book “Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Communities and Students.” 

She says her studies at WilmU prepared her to publish the book and to thrive as a leader in education.

“My experiences at WilmU provided me with the academic credentials and project management skills to serve as editor-at-large for the book,” she says. “I also developed the confidence and poise to visit with senior policy leaders in the East Wing of the White House during the Obama administration, to speak at many national education conferences and to deliver a keynote presentation to United Nations and Chinese government officials at Zhejiang University in China.”

Among NACCE’s initiatives is a partnership with 24 schools in a special program designed for 4,800 middle-school minority males. The boys will be engaged in identifying and solving a community problem that aligns with United Nations Sustainability Goals. Using insights they gain through virtual field trips, key learnings, and connections with older male mentors, the middle-schoolers will develop a project designed to identify and solve real challenges in their communities.

The NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in communities and campuses. It represents more than 300 community and technical colleges and 2,000 staff who serve more than 3.3 million students.

—Eileen Smith Dallabrida