Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Register
6th Breakout Sessions
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   


View all (103) posts »

Using the Champion Model to Embed Entrepreneurship at Your Campus

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Using the Champion Model to Embed Entrepreneurship at Your Campus


Guide Description:

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.


Full Description:
 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

Tags:  Curriculum 

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
Latest News
Upcoming Events

October Member Webinar - Catalyzing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in our Relationship Economy

HP LIFE Informational Webinar - October 2017

10/30/2017 » 12/22/2017
October 2017- NACCE's Entrepreneurship Specialist Certificate Online Training

Fostering an Innovator Mindset in Students & Entrepreneurs Webinar {Presented by Innovator Mindset}

November Member Webinar: "Cross Functional Learning Teams Summary and Sample Projects"

NACCE2017 Sponsors

NACCE | National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
1 Federal St. Bldg. 101, Springfield, MA 01105
P: 413-306-3131 | F: 413-372-4992
Contact us now!