October 5, 2021

City College of San Francisco 
Director of Media Relations

City College is Awarded Entrepreneurial College of the Year by NACCE


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has named City College of San Francisco (California), the 2021 Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College of the Year at its 19th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Present at the national conference, today, October 5, to receive the in-person award from NACCE President Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., were Dean for the Center on Entrepreneurship and Innovation and City College Downtown Campus, Dr. Geisce Ly and Vivian Faustino-Pulliam, Faculty Lead at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at City College. (picture of the 3 below)

Dr. Geisce Ly, Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D, Vivian Faustino-Pulliam

Interim Chancellor, Dianna Gonzales, J.D. commented: “As the provider of exceptional job training and innovation in the City of San Francisco, it is great for our programs, such as the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to be recognized by a national organization such as NACCE. There are 116 community colleges in California and over 800 nationally, and to be chosen as NACCE’s college leader in entrepreneurship education is truly an honor!”

“City College of San Francisco is leveraging the power of entrepreneurship education to transform the lives of aspiring entrepreneurs and micro business owners in the Bay Area,” said Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., president and CEO of NACCE. “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in San Francisco, mentoring and coaching students. We are thrilled with the work that CCSF is doing and the engagement that they are seeing in every sector. We are thrilled to announce them as the 2021 winner of NACCE’s Entrepreneurial College of the Year Award.”

2020 Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College Award

NACCE’s 2021 Entrepreneurial College of the Year, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), places entrepreneurship at the heart of the work that they do. The EFS Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is at the front and center of the college’s major initiatives, and is a key driver in delivering accessible and inclusive education to non-traditional students, building an entrepreneurship curriculum that is inclusive and transformative. CCSF has six certificates housed in the various centers of the college – with two more on the way in 2022 – as well as a dedicated portal to provide a platform for students to have access to a thriving ecosystem that supports their needs, and to network and collaborate within an entrepreneurship community outside of CCSF. Recently featured as a college by PBS in the “Inside California Education” series, entrepreneurship at CCSF has also been recognized by the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation in NACCE’s 2020 Pitch for the Trades and by HP Life in 2019.

The Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College of the Year Award
Geisce and Vivian with award
Dr. Geisce Ly and Vivian Faustino-Pulliam


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About City College of San Francisco

For 85 years, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been the region’s premiere public, two-year community college. The college is now one of the first in the nation to offer free tuition, providing San Franciscans with the opportunity to access a quality college education and workforce training that leads to university transfer and good jobs. Since its founding in 1935, City College has evolved into a multicultural, multi-campus community college that is one of the largest in the country. CCSF offers more than 250 degrees and certificates and features an award-winning athletics program. For more about City College of San Francisco, please visit


NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college's role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE unites a dynamic network of community colleges. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at @NACCE, like us on Facebook, and join our LinkedIn group.

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