The Raritan Valley Community College Enactus team placed 2nd in the Opening Round of the Enactus USA 2016 National Expo, held May 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri. As a result of its success, the RVCC team now is now ranked in the top 10 percentile of college and university Enactus teams in the country. Enactus, an international non-profit, is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. College and university Enactus teams turn ideas into action as they work to increase the livelihoods of others and develop a head for business and a heart for the world. RVCC’s 40 Enactus members were honored for their contributions to the community including providing consulting services to small businesses, teaching youth how to run a bike shop, assisting 500 families with sustainable hunger relief, and helping a local women’s support group build their social assets. During competitions, each team has 17 minutes to showcase its entrepreneurial projects that are not only making a difference in the world, but also are helping to create new careers and spark business innovation and social enterprise. During the national competition in St. Louis, a number of RVCC students also received special recognition with Service Leadership Awards.
Qualifying Enactus students are honored within three award levels. The Diamond Enactus Service Leadership Award (completing 1,000 hours of service) was awarded to RVCC students Teal Nicholson, Jonathan Villagas and Elijah Shabazz. The Platinum Enactus Service Leadership Award (completing 500 hours of service) was awarded to Frank Pongratz, Stephanie Altholtz, Andrew Duarte, Kimberly Zinenko, Stephen Hicks, Tyler George, Justin Suriano and Tyler Vaughn. The Enactus Service Leadership Award (completing 100 hours of service) was awarded to Sebastian Gallic, Alec Santana, Kyle Zinenko, Alexander Hunt, David Pan, Kristine Bulava, Jenna Hindes and Ryan Galdamez. Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu