Entrepreneurship Across The Curriculum—Total Faculty Buy-In
This workshop is designed for the novice interested in starting an entrepreneur program at their college or university. There will be an interactive discussion with the attendees designed to brainstorm ideas about the various steps necessary to gain the entire faculty’s support. The core of presentation will follow the book One Minute Entrepreneur by Ken Blanchard and Don Hutton.
Lehigh Carbon Community College is located in the Lehigh Valley once home to such industrial giants as Bethlehem Steel and Mack Trucks, and continues to be the home for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and The Crayola Factory. Most industry has given way to service businesses as well as miles of industrial parks housing storage warehouses for such companies as Nestles and Walgreens. While the complexion has changed, the future looks promising with several major projects such as Wall Street West and the conversion of the former Bethlehem Steel Plant to an economic hub. Gambling has come to the Lehigh Valley and the Steel Plant is slated for several casinos. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize the potential for business opportunities both in and around the Bethlehem development site.
I attended a session at NACCE in Texas where the presenter proposed an entrepreneur program in a hybrid format. It had a huge impact for my proposal which is a one-year certificate, meeting once on a Saturday for 6-8 hours, and the remainder of the course material being delivered on-line.
My first task was to get the faculty excited about the idea. I knew I would have the business support. I sent an invitation to key faculty who I believed could persuade their fellow faculty members to join them in infusing entrepreneurship into their curriculum. With the grant I received from the Coleman Foundation January 2008, I was able to offer a workshop to train my key personnel. In addition, I have offered a $100 stipend to the attendees of the workshop once they have furnished proof of how they have implemented the information from the workshop.
Those who attend this workshop will have a completed syllabus and outline model for an entrepreneurial program they can use at their school.