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February 19, 2021

President Signs Entrepreneurship Pledge


Dr. Robin Steinback, President, stands with a pledge sign

Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president of Moreno Valley College, signed the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge earlier this month.

More than 200 community colleges throughout the country have signed the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) pledge, committing to a role in stimulating economic development in their respective communities. By signing the pledge, presidents agree to take five action steps that will increase focus on entrepreneurship and college impact on the economic well-being of the communities they serve.

“We know the entrepreneurship mindset provides the framework for an evolving and robust economy and also for healthy, interconnected communities,” Steinback said. “We also know that entrepreneurs are disruptors and change agents from which we all benefit.”

The five action steps are:

Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge logo
  1. Form teams to focus on entrepreneurship.
  2. Connect with entrepreneurs in the community.
  3. Collaborate with industry in the region.
  4. Focus on business and job creation.
  5. Focus on business and job creation.

“This relationship with NACCE and its incumbent commitments provide us with the opportunity to recognize the innovation and ingenuity with which we as a college have partnered with local city governments, businesses, and entrepreneurs to foster, support and enhance regional culture of entrepreneurship,” she said. “I am personally excited about the possibilities of our present and look forward to a bright future, and the creativity with which our community college students and graduates will transform our community and economy.”

Moreno Valley College was also selected by the American Association of Community Colleges to participate in the Equity Transfer Initiative. The College is serving as the lead institution on the project. The Equity Transfer Initiative is a partnership between community colleges and four-year universities to advance transfer pathways and align them to increase transfer and completion for underrepresented student populations, particularly those who identify as Black/African-American and Latinx/Hispanic. The goal is to serve 6,000 students from the identified underrepresented groups over the two-year project period.

With funding from the Educational Credit Management Corporation Foundation and Ascendium Education Group, the American Association of Community Colleges is leading an Equity Transfer Initiative in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.