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Napa Valley College BEC gets grant

Napa Valley College BEC gets grant

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In a time when funds are scare and resources are stretched for our local business and industry, Napa Valley College has been awarded a Business and & Entrepreneurship Center grant, one of only seven awarded to colleges statewide.

The Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) will be a resource for Napa and regional small business, local industries, students, faculty and entrepreneurs. The program is hosted by Napa Valley College and will work closely with North Bay community colleges, including Santa Rosa Junior College and Solano Community College as well as our county offices of education.

Napa Valley College is proud to announce that Charlie Monahan has been selected the NVC Business and Entrepreneurship Coordinator. Monahan will work with businesses and business organizations like chambers throughout the region to provide training and resources.  

Monahan is not a stranger to working with our local businesses and industry. From 2006 to 2009 he was the coordinator of the NVC Hospitality Institute. The Institute was instrumental in providing restaurant and hospitality training and services to over 400 businesses and 1,200 employees. Many specialized training services included our Customer Service Academy courses, Wine Tasting Room Sales Training, Responsible Alcohol and Food Safety Training. From 2009 to 2010 Charlie served at the NVC SBDC director where he continued to shine by providing training to more than 300 businesses and collaborating with local and regional partners.

The BEC serves four major missions. The first mission is to partner with the colleges’ Tech Prep Consortiums and County Offices of Education to further develop business and entrepreneurial business career pathways and articulation from high school to college. The funds will allow us to continue to provide our “Award Winning” Business Boot Camp and Annual Business Plan Competition for young entrepreneurs ages 14 through 27.

Another goal is to work closely with NVC and other regional colleges’ Career Technical Education programs and disseminate entrepreneurial and business curriculum within specific CTE programs including business, digital arts, sustainable agriculture, child care, and hospitality management. 

At the college, this new program has enabled us to launch an Entrepreneurial Certificate offering for credit Marketing Feasibility and Business Planning classes to students from varied avocations.

 The BEC is partnering with our local and regional Workforce Investment Boards to help support under-employed and unemployed workers who are re-training for self-employed careers. We will be partnering with the WIB to offer our Home Energy Raters “HERs” Training certificate to contractors and construction workers at Napa Valley College.

 Finally, our BEC will continue to support our local businesses, specifically the food and beverage, hospitality and sustainable agriculture industries with our partners by providing access to capital, training, and the necessary skills for business growth and retention. A flagship program, the BEC will continue to support is the Annual Hospitality Symposium. On March 29 the sixth annual Symposium will take place at the Upper Valley Campus. 

For more information on the Business & Entrepreneurial Center contact Monahan at cmonahan@napavalley.edu.

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