At NACCE, we have known for over a decade that small businesses are the life blood of the economy.
Entrepreneurs innovate, create jobs and grow the economy. Community colleges are a vibrant member of their local entrepreneurial ecosystems. They create entrepreneurs, launch startups and grow existing local businesses.
Innovative community colleges have made a commitment to advance entrepreneurship in their communities. These colleges both engage small businesses off campus and incite entrepreneurship on campus. Now more than ever, it is vital that community colleges spark an entrepreneurial mindset in all students and equip small businesses with tools to grow. Across the curriculum, from business departments to cosmetology departments, this next generation of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs need to be equipped with entrepreneurial approach to problems and the skills to run a business. It is no longer a question if entrepreneurship can be taught but rather how can we best teach it.
Today’s students want to learn by doing. They want to practice the theory in real life situations. We are delighted to partner with HP to pilot HP LIFE (Learning Initiative For Entrepreneurs) in six community colleges across the country. HP LIFE provides relevant, small business simulations students crave. We are delighted to see that the initial results from this Open Educational Resource are positive:
- Students are engaged (One faculty ambassador reported that student came to class having finished all assigned modules in a week because he was so interested!)
- Faculty find it easy to implement into their existing curriculum
The fact that HP LIFE is underwritten by HP greatly benefits the often cash-strapped community college student. It is also a way to keep a faculty’s syllabus fresh at no cost to them.
This joint program is harnessing the power of an Open Educational Resource to be a catalyst in fostering entrepreneurship. While we consciously started lean with 6 test schools, mid-way through the semesters we see the power for this partnership with HP LIFE to be a driving force inciting entrepreneurship on and off campus.
Technical schools can include HP LIFE into a wide variety of credit and non-credit programs to enhance the skill of students who will eventually go into businesses for themselves.
Small business centers can use HP LIFE in a "flip the counseling session” model and then provide customized face-to-face training to small business owners.
Startup competitions can use modules to help contestants craft their pitch.
Every new opportunity that NACCE and HP LIFE discovers, represents not only an opportunity to empower an entrepreneur with skills to succeed, but also opportunity to fuel the economy. NACCE is proud to partner with an organization committed to collaboration, economic development and giving back.
We are delighted to see more schools integrate HP LIFE into their curriculum this Spring. We welcome aboard:
For more information about how to integrate HP LIFE in your class this spring, please contact Kim Norbuta at Norbuta@nacce.com or join one of the following webinars.
HP LIFE Overview - Come learn about HP LIFE and the opportunity you have to use it in your course.
Tuesday, 11/12/13 2pm EST
Friday, 11/22/13 10am EST
HP LIFE and YOUR Course - Come learn how you can use HP LIFE in your course from faculty currently using it in his or her course.
Wednesday, 11/13/13 11am EST