Collaborating Across the Curriculum; Two Programs, One Goal—Student Success!
Anne Arundel Community College faculty from the departments of business management and hotel restaurant management are collaborating in advancing students towards meeting their entrepreneurial goals. In this presentation, they will share the critical thinking, experiential and project based learning assignments and opportunities provided to their students. Additionally, they will provide insight on how the Entrepreneurial Studies and Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institutes have collaborated in developing a certificate program for students interested in pursuing business opportunities.
Faculty will present a brief history of the collaborative efforts provided to students, including curriculum and course information, scholarship opportunities, business partnerships, business plan competitions, and “Best of Business” events. Project based and experiential learning assignments will be reviewed as well as aspects of promoting critical thinking into the curriculum.
Faculty in Hotel Restaurant Management provides students a variety of opportunities to establish documentation of opening a business. Many of these assignments and projects become part of their business plan. The critical thinking aspects of the assignments provide students with the necessary financial and managerial perspectives involved with developing a business plan.
Faculty will present the way service learning projects are incorporated into the Entrepreneurship curriculum. A team of faculty uses the talents of several different classes to work on large projects with local non-profit organizations. The students experience the power of identifying each of their individual strengths and making a contribution to the success while being given an opportunity to identify and work on their weaknesses as well.
ESI also participates in the college’s travel study program and provides scholarships used by students traveling to Europe and China. In May of 2007 students went to learn how to do business in the European Union and in May of 2008 participated in the Doing Business In China travel study course. A student’s video ( 6 min.) of his learning experience will be shown to the attendees. A similar video of the travel study to China will also be available ( 8 Min.)
Serious students continue on through the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute curriculum and further develop and refine their goals, ultimately presenting their work to business partners for review. Their work is then highlighted during a college wide “Best of Business” event. (8 min. video is available).
Business plan projects, networking opportunities, and other assignments geared towards moving students towards their entrepreneurial goals will be presented.
Faculty will share handouts outline project and assignment outcomes and assessment rubrics as well as the collaborative certificate program. Additionally, student work will be on display.
Ken Jarvis, Associate Professor, CCE, CEC, CHE, Hotel Restaurant Management, Anne Arundel Community College, MD
Joyce Ezrow, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurial Studies Institute, Anne Arundel Community College, MD