Let’s Build Something Together: Social Entrepreneurship Throughout our Community Colleges
A “first-of-its-kind” social entrepreneurship website for our community colleges to successfully: increase awareness; network and contribute to one another’s program; attract contemporary-thinking students; provide experiential learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom; encourage student creativity, faculty freedoms, and meaningful community contributions. Extra seating made available.
The Maricopa Project is a “first-of-its-kind” social entrepreneurship website to be shared by every community college who wishes to provide creativity, initiative, and leadership opportunities for their students, faculty, and administration. This project is committed to developing students interested in becoming today’s educated leaders and empowers them to solve real community problems. This is "for real" learning to benefit "for real" people who need our help, right now.
The social entrepreneurship business model consists of ordinary people who: a) create social value for particular communities, b) generate funds and/or teach community members how to entrepreneurially become more self-sufficient, c) provide ecological plans and strategies for both improved health and living conditions for community members, and d) organize themselves with an infrastructure that can be self-sufficient, replicable, growing, and sustainable.
You will learn how to:
1) develop a social entrepreneurship program within the classroom and on campus (year 1).
-recruit, organize, manage, plan, promote, assign, share, research, lead, and enrich.
2) implement your program out into the community (year 2).
-investigating issues of social value, methods of support within your goals of sustainability; forging partnerships; designing an effective volunteer system; aggressively growing with your membership; and providing an online community for students, faculty, and community; all with the support of our expanded community college network.
3) produce necessary, meaningful, and measurable outcomes to serve as guidelines, success indicators, research, publications, and benchmarking for our fellow community colleges.
4) engage students in a variety of active learning experiences.
Art Hooper, Adjunct Faculty, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, AZ