BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Raritan Valley Community College Enactus team, including two students from Hillsborough, qualified as Regional Champion at the Enactus United States Regional Competition, held March 29 in Washington, DC.

The RVCC team now advances to the National Exposition, which will be held May 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Team members from Hillsborough are Stephanie Altholtz and Stephen Hicks.

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The 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. 

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. Student programs are established on campuses across the nation. Enactus students apply business concepts to develop entrepreneurial projects that transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

RVCC Enactus students work throughout the year, including during the summer, focusing on projects that empower those in need in Somerset and Hunterdon County. The team gives a 17-minute audio/visual presentation in front of a panel of business executives to persuade the judges that RVCC Enactus is among the most effective Enactus teams in the country.

Enactus teams and their projects are judged on how effectively they meet the following five criteria: Target People in Need; Consider the Relevant Economic, Social, and Environmental Factors; Apply Business and Economic Concepts and an Entrepreneurial Approach; Effectively Empower its Target Audience; and Improve the Quality of Life and Standard of Living for its Project Beneficiaries.

“I am thrilled that our RVCC Enactus students once again have distinguished themselves at competition,” said team advisor Tracy Rimple. “This is further evidence of the high quality of our students, the excellence of our programs, and dedication of our faculty and staff.”

The Enactus United States National Exposition offers competitive, energy-filled events where teams showcase the collective impact of their community outreach efforts. Students present their projects and are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges, who rank them on how they use business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need.

The winners of these national competitions are then invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup.

RVCC Enactus members consist of a wide variety of majors, including business, engineering and criminal justice. This diversity of disciplines provides a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills acquired through coursework and extracurricular activities that are essential to Enactus economic development initiatives.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road.