Building a Pathway: Linking High School, Two - and Four - Year College Campuses
The Community College Entrepreneurial Pathway is a unique partnership that has resulted in consistent curriculum and programs across 10 community colleges and California State University, Fresno. The goals are to: build a higher level of knowledge and skills among young adults by building an “Entrepreneurial Pathway” from high school, community college to four year college; to prepare students to launch their own business at any point along the pathway; and to bring consistency to the delivery of entrepreneurial education in the Central Valley.
Communities are recognizing the economic value of promoting entrepreneurship among young people by fostering a mindset that can lead to the launch of new businesses, reverse the trend of “brain drain” and increase the number of new jobs in the community.
This presentation discusses a holistic approach to building an entrepreneurship program on a community college campus and describes a unique partnership that has resulted in consistent curriculum and programs across 10 community colleges and California State University, Fresno. The goals are to build a higher level of knowledge and skills among young adults (and others) by building an “Entrepreneurial Pathway” from community college to graduation from a four year college and to bring consistency and unity to the delivery of entrepreneurial education at community college and four year institutions in the Central Valley. The “Entrepreneurial Pathway” is built through collaboration among Central Valley high schools, community colleges, and California State University, Fresno. By structuring a program composed of common curricula and common skill development, students can begin building a career of self-employment by following a path that enables them to use their classroom training while simultaneously building opportunities for a new venture launch. To assist in venture launch and sustainability another important element of the CCEP is the development of on-campus or community based incubators and/or entrepreneurship centers.
Attendees will learn about the essential elements in building a pathway to connect two year and four year institutions which includes curriculum and program development, community outreach, educational institution partnerships and incubator development.
Genelle Taylor, Associate Director, Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California State University, CA
Marianne Dunklin, Program Director, Community College Entrepreneurial Pathway, California State University, Fresno, CA
Eric Nasalroad, Faculty, Reedley College, CA
Brent Calvin, Dean, Business Division, College of the Sequoias, CA