Student Entrepreneurship Clubs – Making Them Work on the Community College Campus
Student entrepreneurship clubs are becoming an integral part of Entrepreneurship programs nationally. One such program - the Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO) currently has 140 chapters on college campuses nationwide. In this session, a representative of CEO headquarters and a panel of CEO faculty advisors will focus on exchanging ideas on how to implement CEO on the Community College Campus.
Student entrepreneurship clubs are becoming an integral part of Entrepreneurship programs nationally.
The clubs provide an added experiential learning vehicle where students can discuss their entrepreneurial aspirations, invite distinguished entrepreneurs to speak, tour businesses with the founders and even start part time
In 1984, Professor Gerry Hills cofounded a student membership entrepreneurship organization which eventually became the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), a national organization which today has chapters at 140 colleges and universities. CEO hosts a national conference annually which draws over 1200 students from throughout the country.
The majority of current CEO chapters are at 4 years institutions. Currently, an important goal of CEO is to increase the number of chapters at Community Colleges so that those students might also reap the benefits of such experiences. Recognizing that establishing student organizations at community colleges brings challenges different
from those at a 4 year institution, this conference session will focus on exchanging ideas on how to implement CEO on the community college campus. A representative of the CEO headquarters will provide an overview of the organization followed by a panel of faculty advisors from existing CEO chapters.
Barbara Millard, Assistant Professor Entrepreneurship, Johnson County Community College, KS
Gerald E. Hills, Coleman Chair in Entrepreneurship, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Barb Shine, Business, Genesee Community College, NY
Tim Putnam, Associate Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, North Iowa Area Community College, IA