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This blog contains all breakout session presentations from the 6th annual conference, January 4-7, 2009 in Anaheim CA. Feel free to share this with colleagues, and post comments on the blog.

 

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Built for Change, Built to Last, Built From the Core

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Built for Change, Built to Last, Built From the Core

 

Guide Description:
In 2007, MSCTC began planning an entrepreneurship venture.  In one short, but fast and furious, year we developed the campus-wide and community supported Business and Entrepreneurial Services.  The BES has been embraced by faculty and provides credit and non-credit courses, business counseling, and has already assisted local economic development efforts. 

 

 

Full Description:
Recently, entrepreneurship has become a major “buzz” word.  When MSCTC, Detroit Lakes began the process of establishing a Business and Entrepreneurial Services entity, we determined we would build an entity that would create change in a meaningful manner, would have lasting implications on the college and would stimulate the economic development of the communities we serve.

 

We determined that any efforts we would undertake would require strong faculty and staff input, support, and commitment.  With this in mind we developed a “Core Group” to generate organic and authentic vision, programming, services and outcomes.

 

In one short year the BES has developed into a campus-wide, faculty led, community supported entity that has placed rural Detroit Lakes on the entrepreneurship map. 

 

Successes

ü  Entrepreneurship Speaker’s Series

o   Nationally known entrepreneurs such as Dave Anderson of Famous Dave’s Restaurants

o   Internationally known educators including Dr. Jeffrey Stamp

o   Expanded to a bi-monthly entrepreneur’s roundtable. 

ü  Partnerships

o   Economic Development at the city, county, regional, state, federal, and tribal level

o   Chambers of commerce

o   Regional funding agencies 

ü  Fundraising efforts,

o   Grants - nearly $500,000

o   Business and Industry - in initial stages to underwrite a community and student business incubators

 

This session will provide participant with the following Essential Replicable Elements:

ü  Core Group

o   Membership

o   Meetings schedule

ü  Partnerships

o   University

o   K-12

o   Local Economic Development efforts

ü  Funding Resources

ü  Advisory Board

o   Membership

o   Roles

 

Presenters will discuss the models efforts to develop strategies, partnerships and resources as well as examining challenges and strategies to resolve them.
 

Cristobal “Cris” Valdez, Campus Provost, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, MN        

Helene Hedlund, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, MN

Tags:  Leadership 

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Experiencing Experiential Learning – What Happens Next?

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Updated: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Experiencing Experiential Learning – What Happens Next?

 

Guide Description: 

There is an increasing focus on letting students learn through experiential learning. Furthermore research shows that entrepreneurship students enhance their learning when this is acquired through experiential learning. What happens when an entire academic programme strives to base its ontology on experiential learning? How do the students perceive this shift in orientation and how do the lecturers alter their teaching style in order to match the new learning styles?

 

Full Description:   

The presentation will be highly interactive and will entail podcasts of what happens at the i-house in Copenhagen when students learn through experiential learning. Furthermore the attendees will be exposed to a session in which their experiences will be included in the session.

 

Pernille Berg, Head of Innovation and Development, Niels Brock, Denmark

Tags:  Faculty Development 

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Linking Community College and Elementary Schools Through Social Entrepreneurship

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Linking Community College and Elementary Schools Through Social Entrepreneurship
 
Guide Description:  
This session will focus on adding meaning to the educational experience of both elementary school and college students when improved health becomes a shared objective.  Two cases will be presented and a discussion will center on using this information to encourage future collaborations between community colleges and elementary schools. 

 

Full Description:  
Community colleges have a shared mission of adding value to their own community while providing a valuable educational experience for their students.  Parkland College researches community needs through town hall meetings, local media reports, and information provided by area businesses.  A key concern identified is the poor state of physical health of elementary school children.  This is evidenced by the institution of mandatory diabetes testing by the local school district for all students entering the 5th grade.  In response, Parkland College provided opportunities in social entrepreneurship linking elementary schools and the college.  Social entrepreneurship describes an approach that involves key individuals (or organizations) adopting innovative and flexible solutions to social problems that lead to change.  Leadbeater (1997, p. 57)

 

Parkland College students in sports physiology and nutrition added value to the community through opportunities at local elementary schools.  The sports physiology students implemented a 6 week exercise program for over 225 students using donated pedometers at Washington Elementary School.  Donated food and prizes were available to provide incentives for the elementary students. Parkland nutrition students designed healthier school lunch offerings that met government guidelines for cost, preparation time, nutrition and acceptance.  As a result of these projects, the local school district is pursuing more opportunities to engage in social entrepreneurship with Parkland College.

 

Learning objectives, implementation strategies, outcomes, and SWOTs from the projects will be presented.  An active discussion on how to use this information when linking the community college and elementary schools will follow.
 

Toni Marie Burkhalter,  Associate Professor, Parkland College, IL

Tags:  Linking K-16 

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Unique Outreach Program Encourages Disadvantaged Business Success through Training/Mentoring

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Unique Outreach Program Encourages Disadvantaged Business Success through Training/Mentoring

 

Guide Description:  
Focus group interaction before we created our Targeted Business Development Program led to the development of a unique training series like none you will ever see in off –the-shelf programs for women and minority small businesses; includes assistance in personal accountability as well as a holistic look at personal/business finance.

 

Full Description:  
In 2003 the Lambeau Field Renovation was completed, but in the debriefing process, the Stadium District Board overseeing the renovation saw a trend that needed to be addressed:  subcontractors attempting to employ minority and women owned businesses as part of their effort to meet Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals had difficulty doing so.  They found that DBE’s, and in particular, Minority Business Enterprises (MBE’s) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE’s) were less than competitive in getting and keeping these sub-contracts, for a variety of reasons.   To help, NWTC, in conjunction with the Stadium District Board, funded a position dedicated to providing small business training, mentoring and networking, thereby enabling DBE’s to compete more successfully on a level playing field. 

 

Since its creation, the Targeted Business Development Program has:

  1. Developed innovative curriculum expressly to meet the needs of minority and women owned businesses
  2. Created a training setting that covered all relevant business topics – training format was 3 hours per session, one session per week, 24 weeks
  3. Enrolled 34 businesses in the program
  4. Required all participants to write their business plans

Participants in this concurrent session will learn how we market the program, how we screen and evaluate participants, what we teach, how we teach it, and how we measure its success.  Many community colleges dream about offering a program like this.  Now NACCE members can hear from someone who has been offering such a program for 2 years.  We’ll share our pricing strategies, and talk about the future.
 

Andrew Clark, Manager, NWTC Center for Entrepreneurship, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College,  WI      

JD Murphy, Entrepreneur Specialist, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, WI

Tags:  Diverse Populations 

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Outreach Opportunities within the Community and the College Credit Programs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Outreach Opportunities within the Community and the College Credit Programs

 

Guide Description: 
This presentation is an overview of the development, growth, and stability of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) depicting its hierarchy within the college and its relationship within the community.

 

Full Description:   

The Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (IES) was created in 1999.  Its main focus is to be a resource for aspiring entrepreneurs providing critical information, tools, and skills necessary for business success.

 

The Institute is designed to increase the economic vitality of the region through business development. This is accomplished through a balance of credit and non-credit programs.

 This presentation will depict ways to promote outreach through the variety of services, activities, collaborations, and venues that the IES conducts.  The IES is one of the major outreach components of Harrisburg Area Community College.

 

Handouts will include the following:

PowerPoint Presentation

Brochures and Flyers:

            Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Women on the Move

            Artisan Marketplace

            Women’s Talkabouts

            Workshops

            KIDZ BIZ
 

Fran Verotsky, Director, Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Harrisburg Area Community College, PA

Tags:  Outreach 

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Community College Partnership for Business Retention & Growth

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Community College Partnership for Business Retention & Growth

 

Guide Description: 

Are economic woes jeopardizing employment opportunities in your district?  Plant closing announcements and relocation to third world locations have become commonplace throughout the country.  Join us to see how one rural community college is taking proactive and unusual steps to eliminate this dilemma, while becoming one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation.

 

Full Description:   

Community colleges can play a pivotal role in strengthening local businesses to compete in a global economy. After an analysis of the strengths and challenges for area employers and a study of financial impact on the community if an employer is lost, the community college can look for creative ways to assist in creating a competitive advantage through training and education.

 

 Rend Lake College has made the integration of training and education into the business environment a primary focus.  This presentation will focus on the more notable initiatives instituted by Rend Lake College with reciprocal benefits.  Those initiatives include:

 

  • Purchase of a bankrupt outlet shopping mall and transformation to multi-purpose use for business & education including a small business development center, Kumon Center, Infant through Pre-K program, One Stop Center for government services, meeting space and classrooms, and retail shops.
  • Development of  College Training Centers inside the Continental Tire, NA plant and Walgreens Distribution Center with a focus on providing outstanding “customer service” to non-traditional students
  • Founding partner of a corporate university at Continental Tire, NA
  • Development of Internship Partnership programs        at Continental Tire, NA
  • Use of video-conferencing to maximize training/education dollars by connecting programs from multiple business locations.
  • Leveraging educational opportunities in the workplace as a “value added” benefit of employment.

Handouts will include analysis documents that can be used to determine business needs and solutions, resource information, and program models, as well as benefits realized by the college as a result of these programs.

 

Sharon Bowman, Industrial Training Coordinator' Rend Lake College, IL

Tags:  Outreach 

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What is Meant by Entrepreneurship? One Way of Finding Out

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
What is Meant by Entrepreneurship?  One Way of Finding Out

 

Guide Description:

Learn how Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City worked to create a common definition of entrepreneurship after establishing a Department of Entrepreneurship.  The goal was a unified, district-wide definition that would encompass all academic, non-credit, and programmatic activity.  We will walk through the process and surprise you with the results!

 

Full Description:

Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City created a Department of Entrepreneurship, but never considered how any of their 42,000 students or 1300 faculty and staff would define entrepreneurship.  The problem quickly appeared that if everyone was defining entrepreneurship differently, then the program itself takes on over 43,000 different definitions.  Now try gathering resources and unifying a diverse campus, not to mention reaching out to the greater community.  To begin unifying the campus around a single definition, focus groups were conducted with students, faculty, staff, and administration for each of MCC’s five campuses.  A qualitative analysis was then done for each group and between groups.  The result reflected MCC’s diversity of students and employees, but also created a common ground upon which to start building how MCC would view entrepreneurship.  From this common foundation, MCC has worked, and continues to work, to instill a common definition of entrepreneurship throughout the MCC community and to our external audiences as well, even as MCC continues to build an entrepreneurship program. 

 

The session will present how the data was gathered, traditional and historical definitions of entrepreneurship, and what conclusions MCC finally reached and how they reached them.  Presenters will engage the audience in defining entrepreneurship for themselves, sharing these definitions in some manner to (hopefully) prove that even at a professional gathering, there is not a single definition.  The attendees can then use this to support that such a situation is ripe for discussion, debate and exchange which should thrive in any academic institution.
 

Todd D. Mick, Ph.D., Director of Entrepreneurship, Metropolitan Community College, MO

Michael Harris, Ph.D., Assist Prof of Entrepreneurship, East Carolina University, NC

Tags:  Faculty Development 

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Problem-based Learning: Welcome to the Real World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Problem-based Learning: Welcome to the Real World

 

Guide Description:  
The Chair of a Faculty Development Committee, guided three faculty (business, psychology, and theatre) through a peer mentoring research project to evaluate problem-based learning in the classroom as a learner-centered teaching technique to improve student learning outcomes. The results for both faculty and students were significant.

 

Full Description:  

Problem-based learning is a student-centered inquiry process that increases transfer of learning.  Dr. Flint's research at College of the Desert, a Hispanic Serving Institutution, proved that problem-based learning increased engagement and knowledge rentention, thus impacting learning.  In this workshop you will review the theory of problem-based learning and its application in today’s classroom,  evaluate the value ofthis method for workforce preparation, and identify how problem-based learning assists with assessment of student learning outcomes to meet accreditation standards.

  • Review definitions of terms: learner-centered, teacher-centered, transfer of learniing, problem-based learning
  • Brainstorm activity to identify the skills needed in a 21st century workforce global economy
  • Demonstrate the relevance of problem based learning to the real world
  • Facilitate large group discussion on application of problem based learning in the classroom
  • Facilitate with a PowerPoint presentation and handouts

The uniqueness of this presentation is the combined background of the presenter – both corporate trainer (in companies like Hewlett-Packard) and tenured faculty member in higher education.  Dr. Flint has a Masters in Public Administration, a PhD in Education, and will finish her MBA the end of 2008.  She is an executive at a corporation, but consults on a daily basis with community college leaders.  Dr. Flint is an adjunct professor of business courses at Biola University and continues practicing learner-centered teaching methods.  She is passionate about incorporating workplace skills in community college curriculum to keep America competitive in a global economy and believes that problem-based learning is a method that works for all learning styles.

 

Handouts include Journal articles by Dr. Flint on Transfer of Learning and Problem-based Learning; college course outlines with the integration of workforce skills outcomes; and references for further reading and research.
 

Dr. Wendy Flint, Senior Vice President, Boston Reed College, CA

Tags:  Curriculum 

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The New Space Age - How Social Media Increases Student Enrollment

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
The New Space Age - How Social Media Increases Student Enrollment
 
Guide Description:

You’ve heard of Linkedin, Facebook, and Myspace. In this 50 Minute presentation you'll get a real taste of the marketing power of the new Web 2.0 services including strategic ways to promote and engage potential and existing students into your entrepreneurship program. No technical or prior knowledge required.

Full Description:
You've heard the term: Social Media. You've heard the phenomenal stories of using blogs and marketing campaigns on social networking sites. But what does this really mean? In this presentation you will learn the basic ingredients of social media including blogs, social communities, podcasts, forums, and more. You'll tap into the power and popularity of social media sites and learn quick ways to sort through the maze and choose the best social media strategy that works best to encourage and increase student enrollment in credit and non-credit offerings for your Entrepreneurship Program.

In addition, you’ll learn how potential students and entrepreneurs are making the most of social media to connect, promote, and find resources that can help them in their careers and their businesses. This presentation will require active participation from attendees and a willingness to immerse in social media practices -- web forums, blogs, virtual worlds, and social communities.

Much of the class discussion takes place in a variety of virtual world environments which will enable diligent attendees to establish both theoretical and experiential foundations for making strategic decisions and judgments regarding the application of social media to increase student enrollment -- and have some notion of how social media can affect collaboration within their respective communities.

No technical or prior knowledge required.

IMPORTANCE TO ATTENDEES:

Because of the increasing role of social media in today’s world, using social media is very important to a community college’s future strategy and future ability to compete and thrive.

Also, there are many potential students that could be left out because they just don’t know your program exists. These are potential students who are searching within virtual communities for references, resources, and recommendations for training and education, to help their careers and to help their businesses keep up.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this presentation participants will:

Gain an understanding of Web 2.0 and the current implications to real world business

• Be familiar with basic terms and concepts regarding Web 2.0 and social media

• Understand concepts regarding user generated content, blogging and creating social networks

• Develop a strategy for including social media in their marketing efforts

• Understand the dos and don’t of using social media

• Evaluate what they can contribute to an online community

• Engage in discussions on Web2.0 in a various environments as a basis for a clear understanding of future directions in marketing and entrepreneurship education.

 

HANDOUTS AND INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS

Each attendee will be provided a handout outlining the discussion and a quick start sheet to establish a basis for their social media marketing strategy to increase student enrollments and exposure. A media presentation will also be used along with step-by-step instruction on how to create an online profile, how to engage in online networking and a quick lesson on how to create a podcast.

We will also use an easel to illustrate key steps and there will be lots of back and forth discussions with attendees to ensure comprehension.
 

Sherese Duncan, President & CEO, Effició, Inc. and Central Piedmont Community College, NC

Tags:  Curriculum 

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The Chicken, The Egg, and The Incubator… How to Start an Entrepreneurship Center without Scrambling the Eggs!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Chicken, The Egg, and The Incubator… How to Start an Entrepreneurship Center without Scrambling the Eggs!

 

Guide Description:

In this interactive presentation, Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) will present the steps the college went through in starting an Entrepreneurship program; including lessons learned along the way.  Colleges looking to get started in entrepreneurship both academically and as an auxiliary enterprise will be able to use this model to get started!

                                 

Full Description:  
This presentation will provide a model for community colleges interested in starting an Entrepreneurship Program; what should be included in the program; how to get started; lessons learned; pitfalls to avoid; and how to replicate this model at your own college.  Participants will participate in an interactive group project designed to engage participants in the initial design of an Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee.   Participants will receive a handout with step by step strategies for the development of Entrepreneurship Program. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

*      Identify strategies for the development of an entrepreneurship advisory committee

*      Identify the steps in the creation of an Entrepreneurship Program, both academic & auxiliary

*      Identify the appropriate steps that can be replicated at your own community college.

 

Dr. Kevin Drumm, President, Northern Wyoming Community College, WY

Cindi Thiede, Assistant Vice President for Program Development, Northern Wyoming Community College, WY

Tags:  Econ Dev Agencies 

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