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Jim Correll


Residence: Coffeyville, Kansas

Organization: Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College

Occupation: Director, Fab Lab ICC

First job: Soda jerk at Satanta Drug in Satanta, Kansas

Philosophy: Embrace an entrepreneurial mindset and the power of positive thought.

Favorite music: Country

Favorite movie:The Voice

Favorite book: Wow, there are many, but currently Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

What got me interested in my work: The launch of the Successful Entrepreneur program at
Independence Community College in 2006 by Dr. Terry Hetrick.

Greatest Accomplishment: Working with a great team and college president, Dr. Dan Barwick, to launch the Fab Lab ICC. It took us only seven months from the time of the final decision in March 2014 to the grand opening in October 1, 2014.

Success is... Seeing the transformation in self-efficacy in people that comes from
an entrepreneurial mindset and the Fab Lab experience.

Pet Peeve: A fixed, closed mindset.

Favorite Quote: “The organizations, communities and nations that thrive are the ones that initiate actions, that launch rapid innovation cycles, that learn by doing as soon as they can. They are sprinting forward while others are still waiting at the starting line.”
Creative Confidence by David Kelley and Tom Kelley

Current Project: Preparing to build a $700k annex to Fab Lab ICC.

What impact has NACCE had on your college's entrepreneurship efforts? The transformation that is leading us toward a more entrepreneurial Independence Community College and ultimately the creation of Fab Lab ICC came from my personal transformation journey that began at the NACCE conference in 2011 when Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger first introduced me to Uncle Cleve and the Ice House Entrepreneurship program. NACCE is and has been a great combination of entrepreneurship, innovation and academic elements.

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