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Foundation Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Following the 2019 successes of the inaugural Pitch for the Trades competition and the gains made by the initial cohort of Pitch winners, in July 2020, the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation awarded NACCE a new partnership and $900,000 in grant funding to leverage a three-year commitment to collaborate with community colleges to build entrepreneurial mindset training and business opportunities in the trades and apprenticeships. The annual NACCE Pitch for the Trades is just one way NACCE is accomplishing this mission by providing real value to members.

The work of community colleges matters to our communities and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We enthusiastically commend our leaders and innovators in education and in preparing students for apprenticeships and careers in the skilled trades, and are grateful for the Ratcliffe Foundation’s continued support. If you are interested in learning more about NACCE or the Pitch for the Trades competition, please reach out to our team at [email protected]