Keys to Entrepreneurship Curriculum
Guide Description: This session seeks to identify today’s entrepreneurship students at America’s community colleges. Johnson County Community College’s entrepreneurship credit program began in 1992 and has evolved over the last seventeen years to include 12 entrepreneurship courses, an AAS degree and 27 certificate programs. The development of this entrepreneurship programming will be discussed in terms of how it serves this diverse student audience.
Throughout the seventeen year history of providing entrepreneurship education at JCCC, we have discovered (and applaud) the profiles of the entrepreneurship students we have the opportunity to serve. Their diverse histories, experiences, lifestyles and motivations have led us to identify numerous initiatives to continue to improve both the content and delivery of our entrepreneurship programming.
The session will review the history of entrepreneurship programming at JCCC – to include courses, certificates, and degree programs in the for-credit division as well as a review of the workshops and one-to-one counseling offerings in JCCC’s non-credit division.
Attendees may find two “models” developed by JCCC to be adaptable for their institutions: 1) “Bridging the Gap Between Credit and Non-Credit Entrepreneurship Programming” and 2) Program-specific Entrepreneurship Certificates. The first model focuses on the institution’s service to aspiring entrepreneurs through our credit programming and the ongoing service offerings to existing entrepreneurs through our non-credit programming.
The second model demonstrates how JCCC has “woven” entrepreneurship education throughout the institution. Addressing both the opportunities and challenges, the “how-to’s” and “why to’s” of these models will be discussed.
Focusing on the diverse student audiences in our entrepreneurship programming, the session will discuss current and future opportunities to further enhance our programming and, thus, better serve today’s entrepreneurship students.
Donna Duffey, Professor and Department Chair, Entrepreneurship, Johnson County Community College, KS