Cayuga Community College business instructor Amy Valente was awarded the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) fellowship in curriculum and training for 2013. As a fellow, she will directly contribute to applied research in entrepreneurship education and improve NACCE’s education offerings to members. Specifically, she will help design and create online training programs for NACCE’s “How to Do It” kit and the NACCE “Quick Start Guides,” which assist community colleges in understanding how to implement entrepreneurship education programs. She will also attend four regional NACCE summits, present her research at the annual conference in October, publish her findings through NACCE media, and conduct community outreach.
“I’m excited about contributing to the national conversation about how to successfully implement entrepreneurship education in community colleges,” said Valente, who is also the Phi Beta Lambda faculty advisor in Auburn. “Through the work of this fellowship, I will be able to impact the ability for community colleges across the country to help students learn how to be entrepreneurs. Ultimately, I hope that my work will spur the creation of a new generation of successful entrepreneurs.”
Valente began at the College in September 2010, teaching such courses as principles of business and management, marketing, event planning, and advertising. Her focus has been on development of curriculum and student experiences that include experiential learning, cross-curriculum, technology infusion, community involvement, and creative and hands-on learning opportunities. She has served on several projects and committees at the College, including coordinating the SUNY-wide faculty and administration entrepreneurship conference and business idea competitions. A former adjunct faculty member at Finger Lakes Community College and the University of Phoenix, her corporate experience includes serving as vice president of software engineering at BlueTie, and as director of project delivery and e-business development with Citigroup Student Loan Corporation, both in Pittsford, New York.
She earned a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in management information systems at SUNY Albany, an MBA from St. John Fisher College, and an Education Certification in Business and Marketing from Nazareth College.
While participating in the fellowship, Valente also looks forward to networking with other educators and administrators from across the country, sharing ideas about entrepreneurship education, and bringing new insights back to her work at the College. “This is an exciting opportunity for me and for our college,” she said.
Valente is chairing the SUNY Entrepreneurial Network to Grow Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) Out Front and Pulling Away: Bypassing Roadblocks conference scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013, in Auburn. Conference workshops and panel presentations will provide models for others who want to learn how to establish and integrate entrepreneurial thinking into their curriculum and beyond the classroom. To learn more about the conference, visit www.cayuga-cc.edu/engine.
Founded in 2002, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is committed to creating a community college culture that fosters economic vitality through entrepreneurship. It is non-profit organization for educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals to provide quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serve as advocates for "entrepreneurship movement.”