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A-B Tech Named for Success in Economic and Workforce Development

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech Community College is one of 10 U.S. community colleges selected by the Kauffman Foundation for its Slingshot Network, a resource initiative& established for colleges that are standouts in the field of economic and workforce development.

The Kauffman Foundation, known for its support of entrepreneurship, established the Slingshot Network with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Center for Workforce and Economic Development and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

A-B Tech President Hank Dunn and Strategic Business Development Officer Marilyn McDonald were invited to represent A-B Tech in the network.  McDonald met with the Kaufmann Foundation, AACC and NACCE at the annual NACCE Conference in Charlotte last week.

“Your College was selected through your relationships with Kauffman, AACC and NACCE, as well as for exhibiting strong presidential and economic development staff leadership, a history of disruptive and inventive programming, and the ability to launch new ventures quickly,” NACCE President & CEO Heather Van Sickle wrote in the invitation letter to A-B Tech.

“The Slingshot Network is named for the group’s ability to convene and activate one another, then return to their campuses and communities more informed, and on a faster trajectory by nature of their collaboration,” Van Sickle said.

“We’re excited to be part of this groundbreaking initiative and honored to be recognized for our success in workforce development and entrepreneurship,” Dunn said.

“Selection as a member of the Slingshot Network is huge,” McDonald said. “It guarantees us a seat at the table with three world-class organizations and an opportunity to collaborate with peers from the nation’s most entrepreneurial colleges.”

Kauffman Foundation representatives are excited about building strong relationships with community colleges, she said. “They realize that we have ongoing conversations with our communities and that we are constantly innovating to meet changing needs. Kauffman’s Jonathan Robinson said they see this as an opportunity to play in our sandbox. My response is that A-B Tech is ready to play, create and innovate in support of entrepreneurial success.”

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