The Central Texas College (CTC) Net Impact team recently earned Net Impact Chapter of Year 2018 honors at the organization’s annual conference held in Phoenix, AZ. CTC was one of 186 competing chapters from colleges and universities around the world. CTC and the University of California at Berkley were the two finalists for the award which best exemplifies Net Impact’s dedication to its mission through dynamic events, programming and partnerships. Based on its community service projects and programs, CTC was declared Net Impact Chapter of the Year.

The Chapter of the Year award recipient is chosen from among all gold status chapters within the organization. Gold status is afforded to those chapters that go above and beyond in providing their members with opportunities for make an impact in their community, learn and grow as individuals and engage with the larger Net Impact community. CTC Net Impact was awarded gold status in September 2018.

Criteria are based on chapters that show qualitative and quantitative results of creativity in events and programs, meaningful collaborations, innovative leadership, engagement and impact. CTC Net Impact was cited for accomplishing ambitious goals and facilitating a profound impact across multiple environmental, economic and social issues. Throughout the year, CTC Net Impact tackled projects assisting with these causes along with the issues of health and wellness, fiscal policy and the national debt, climate control, Hurricane Harvey relief, racial inequality and assistance for the elderly, sick and shut-in.

Its largest project this year was the week-long Be Your Own Boss workshop. Net Impact members provided the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, how to start your own business and how to prepare for self-employment for active-duty military and their spouses interested in starting their own business. Participants created a business concept then learned to develop a business plan.

Net Impact offered mentoring and skills training in accounting practices, product placement, pricing strategies, marketing, internet and social media strategies and other development tools to help the business idea become a reality and earn a sustainable income. The week ended with a “Shark Tank” as Net Impact members were the investors. Of the 26 participants, 12 were able to launch their own business and eight of those are generating a profit.

Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who want to become the most effective agents of change. With more than 350 chapters in nearly 40 countries, Net Impact members take on social challenges, protect the environment, invent new products and orient business toward the greater good. The organization helps students broaden their thinking, build their networks and scale their impact beyond just individual actions and emphasizing the power of the business sector to drive social and environmental change.

The CTC Net Impact chapter is comprised primarily of students majoring in business administration. Formerly a part of Students In Free Enterprise (S.I.F.E.) and Enactus, CTC opted to join Net Impact in May 2017 and was one of only three community college chapters at that time. During its time with S.I.F.E. and Enactus, the CTC chapter won more than 15 regional championships and one national championship.