Using the Champion Model to Embed Entrepreneurship at Your Campus
New entrepreneurship programs can struggle to gain a foothold when other programs are in competition for enrollment. By partnering with an entrepreneurship champion on campus, bold steps can be taken to integrate entrepreneurship into the curriculum. The results can serve as a blueprint for integration with other programs across the curriculum.
When Arizona Western College launched its Entrepreneurship program in the fall of 2006, it was a stand-alone certificate program, which had limited interest or awareness from across campus. An internal scan quickly identified a potential partner in Sam Colton, the Professor of Welding and Coordinator of Construction and Applied Technology (CAAT) Institutes. Sam’s appreciation of the value of entrepreneurship to his students prompted him to make entrepreneurship courses a requirement of all degree or certificate seeking students in his program, regardless of whether they intended to pursue a business of their own. Beyond the requirement of entrepreneurship courses for his students, Professor Colton models best practices integration of the entrepreneurial mindset in his classes. As a part of course requirements, students form a pseudo-business and complete all functions of a working metals fabrication shop as a part of their grade.
The partnership between the entrepreneurship and welding programs provided a working model and has resulted in the embedding of entrepreneurship courses in the degree and certificate requirements for other vocational programs including HVAC, culinary arts, nutrition, dietetics, computer graphics, electrical, carpentry, massage therapy, personal training, and others.
Shane Turner, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Arizona Western College, AZ
Samuel Colton, Professor of Welding and Coordinator of Construction and Applied Technology (CAAT) Institutes, Arizona Western College, AZ