Folsom Lake College - 21st Century InterDisciplinary Education Application Learning (I.D.E.A.L.)
Folsom Lake College is actively engaged in educating the next generation of diverse business and commercial professionals. Faculty strive to be on the cutting edge, creating an infrastructure to facilitate the education and development of the ‘new business and commercial professional’.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, faculty are collaborating with the business communities to utilize technology, business planning and shared alliances, creating a strong and vibrant enterprise culture of education.
Faculty are emphasizing, through an interdisciplinary approach, the applicability of action learning as a paradigm for management and business development, particularly as a pedagogical devise in both the classroom and business environments. This approach or application of learning is being recognized world-wide as an increasingly important element of economic growth and development.
The IDEAL concept being implemented at Folsom Lake Colleges focuses on how a process model for enterprise education can be used to target various student groups in an interdisciplinary manner, and emphasizes the need to teach entrepreneurship to all students, including non-business students, who in many instances are the originators of ideas, but unfortunately do not have the business knowledge to develop the idea further. This creates a “value-add” service to students, business and college simultaneously.
This is of great significance to our audience due to the current budget constraints, need to align with 21stcentury learning as well as the added pressure on community colleges to produce more productive citizens ready for the global marketplace.
Learning outcomes; 1) how to establish an effective interaction between the business community and students in developing business, diversity & marketing plans, 2) how to encourage businesses to embrace the community/technical college as a resource, 3) how to help students engage in entrepreneurial activities that help to identify and shape their business futures.