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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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The First Enterprise College in England – All You Need to Know!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
The First Enterprise College in England – All You Need to Know!

 

Guide Description:

The vision of Enterprise College Doncaster, England is to be a Centre of Excellence for Enterprise Education in Doncaster (and beyond!!) developing an enabling culture of Enterprise and Innovation within the college. Enterprise Champions will be leading and developing Enterprising projects in each department building on another definition of Enterprise, which is a company organised for commercial purposes.

 

Full Description:   

Doncaster College is the largest provider of further education in South Yorkshire, England. It is also the largest provider of higher education in the region. Our Mission Statement: "Meeting learner needs and aspiring to excellence." During the last academic year, more than 22,000 people enrolled on more than 1,100 part and full-time courses. Across its two main campuses, the College employs around 1,200 staff and accommodates students aged 16+.

Have you ever thought about what it means to be Enterprising? To have a bold and adventurous spirit and willingness to undertake new ventures? Drive and ambition ‘To Be Whatever You Want To Be’?

 

The vision of Enterprise College Doncaster is to be a Centre of Excellence for Enterprise Education in Doncaster (and beyond!!) developing an enabling culture of Enterprise and Innovation within the college.

 

Enterprise Champions will be leading and developing Enterprising projects in each department building on another definition of Enterprise, which is a company organised for commercial purposes.

 

The aim here is for each department to have Enterprising Projects to develop sustainability by reducing dependency on external funding through Enterprising activities. Enterprise activities will furthermore raise the profile of departments throughout the college, raising the profile of the college in the local business communities and providing excellent networking opportunities

 

The ability to run a successful Enterprise project will have the prerequisite of providing a ‘real world of work’ learning experience for all students and staff involved along with excellent Continuous Professional Development opportunities. Student retention, achievement and employability skills will be raised giving them the opportunity to participate in a portfolio of programmes which will encourage the development of skills, attributes and behaviours which will lead to an Enterprising approach in the workplace.  

 

For the Enterprise Champions this activity is a departmental business plan which outlines the Enterprising activity and contains all the sections within a standard business plan with the addition of plans for staff CPD and student learning.
 

Dr Mark Mabey, Vice Principal – Higher Education, Doncaster College, England

Tags:  Leadership 

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Building Entrepreneurship Education Curriculum Partners Across the State

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Building Entrepreneurship Education Curriculum Partners Across the State

 

Guide Description: 

Panel presenters will discuss the various implications behind partnering for a statewide entrepreneurship curriculum.  The partnership was forged via the emphasis in economic development by the Governor of the State of Arkansas, the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges, and the support of the presidents and chancellors of two year colleges in Arkansas. 

 

Full Description: 

Panel presenters will discuss the various implications behind partnering for a statewide entrepreneurship curriculum.  The partnership was forged via the emphasis in economic development by the Governor of the State of Arkansas, the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges, and the support of the presidents and chancellors of two year colleges in Arkansas.  The ten colleges or approximately one-half of the community colleges in the State agreed to a major emphasis in Entrepreneurship as a part of their Applied Associate of Science Degree in Business Management.  The 21 semester-credit hour emphasis or standalone certificate will be presented for information purposes.   There will be extra time for audience participation and a Questions and Answer session.

 

The Statewide Consortium for the Entrepreneurship Curriculum is one of only a few states who engage in a statewide partnership.  Because of the commitment to economic development for each service area, under the purview of the Arkansas community colleges participating in the consortium, the curriculum was adopted and tweaked by all ten colleges.  This partnership allows for a 2 + 2 continuance of education for students in the service areas through online degree completion by some Arkansas four-year institutions.  Participants will leave with an awareness of the strengths and opportunities for improvement for building collaborations on a statewide basis from several perspectives.  The outcomes of the panel presentation articulate this State’s desire to increase economic development opportunities and the impact for her citizens.
 

Dr. Donna Wood, Associate Vice President, Global Business Development

NorthWest Arkansas Community College, AR

Dr. Ted Kalthoff, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Arkansas State University-Beebe, AR

Tags:  Linking K-16 

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Blended e-Learning: An Innovative Approach in Entrepreneurship Education

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Blended e-Learning: An Innovative Approach in Entrepreneurship Education

 

Guide Description:  
Blended e-Learning combines face-to-face instruction with online content. Developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in partnership with Cisco Learning Institute, Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture provides a dynamic, hands-on approach to entrepreneurship.  Students learn through self-discovery as they research, develop, and write a start-up business plan.

During this session, presenters will share a brief description of the blended e-learning delivery method and lead a discussion of its advantages and challenges. How Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture is integrated into entrepreneurship curriculum and best practice teaching recommendations that create a more effective learning environment will be discussed.

 

Full Description:  
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has developed turn-key blended e-learning course material (Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture) that enables students to learn through self-discovery as they research, develop, and write a start-up business plan.

 

Research available on hybrid or blended learning is limited. Yet, hybrid or blended learning is becoming an evolution of pedagogy among educational institutions. PEV has given the Kauffman Foundation the opportunity to research and measure the outcomes of this delivery method for teaching entrepreneurship. During this discussion we will discuss research findings, demonstrate the course design, and share a number of best-practice teaching and learning recommendations that should be of interest to educators and online course developers. We will show how face-to-face instruction is combined with online content, media, and activities to create a dynamic learning environment. 

 

Tina Sterling, Consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, MO

Tags:  Curriculum 

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University of Hawaii’s – Maui Community College’s – Entrepreneurship Program “Creating Entrepreneurship Program Customer Segments”

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

University of Hawaii’s – Maui Community College’s – Entrepreneurship Program “Creating Entrepreneurship Program Customer Segments” 

Guide Description:

"Can't Get Dim Sum? No Falafel? Closest Kosher Deli 2500 miles from Kahului? What do you do when your ethnic entrepreneurial strata becomes "All American" after three generations, or others became mesmerized by job security? Find out how Maui's Community College trolled the high schools in search of a student pool, to populate it's four year baccalaureate in entrepreneurship."


Full Description:
Maui Community College's four-year degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT), is the first baccalaureate in a community college in the WASC Region. It combines the best in entrepreneurial education with information technology and liberal arts. Students are expected to apply the knowledge learned to real world situations and problem solving. The comprehensive program is taught in state-of-the-art facilities and in a culturally diverse environment. Expected outcomes for graduates are: students will be prepared to start and operate their own businesses, seek employment in small to mid-sized companies, or apply for graduate studies.

The program was faced with recruitment problems that are unique to two-year colleges when attempting to compete with four-year colleges in an “uneven playing field.” Therefore, it had to differentiate itself from the terminal A.A.S. Program while looking at the very same A.A.S. path as a potential feeder. Our objective was to create a general multifaceted marketing strategy, that did not cannibalize our two-year program, while building a viable customer base in the county’s high schools.

Bridge programs may serve as a significant platform in attracting students to 2 year, and 4-year programs in entrepreneurship.

It is this Ke Alohaka Summer Bridge Program, was open to any Maui County High School Student (preference given to high school juniors and graduating seniors and students of Hawaiian ancestry). At the successful conclusion of the one-month course, the students had earned three college credits and a three hundred dollar stipend. Emphasis was placed on self-assessment, cultural enrichment, world of information, survey of occupational clusters and related academic preparation relevant to interests, values and decision-making. The college level courses were geared towards preparing students for effective career and life exploration, and planning. The students’ academic choices and activities are to be monitored for a period of three years.

My presentation will reflect the curricula of the general education program as a framework for entrepreneurial and information technology elements, which are designed to familiarize with, and attract students to the ABIT Program. The focus will be on the tools that were used to instruct opportunity creation, recognition, and evaluation. The presentation will share our successful experiences in the use of simulations, which maintained the students’ interests throughout the course, and their surprising impact on students’ perception and/or commitment to entrepreneurship education.  Additionally, I will emphasize the unique application of digital technology in teaching leadership, management and networking skills, to a new generation of technocrati. 

It is our belief that the evidence gathered would show the need to interact with the potential entrepreneur at an earlier stage of the mandatory educational process, and thereby create a segment of committed opportunity seekers in the undergraduate environment.

Rafael Boritzer, ABIT Program Coordinator, University of Hawaii-Maui Community College, HI

Tags:  Linking K-16 

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A Winning Combination: Partnerships that Produce

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Winning Combination:  Partnerships that Produce

Guide Description:
Join Virginia Department of Business Assistance and the Virginia Community College System to learn how a collaboration of over 25 state and federal government, and local organizations in rural and urban communities are partnering to connect entrepreneurs with resources that provide education on starting and growing a business in Virginia. 

Full Description:  

The "Entrepreneur Express: Moving Your Business Forward" workshop program started in late 2006 as a way to make business support resources more accessible to entrepreneurs in the 23, mostly rural, Southwest Virginia counties that have been impacted by off shoring from the textile and furniture industry.  Due to the regions geography and distance to resources for small business, new entrepreneurs and potential new business owners were not aware and uneducated about the resources available to move their business forward. This ½ day training event is held in economically challenge communities and covers business planning basics, marketing, financing and other small business assistance resources. In Virginia, there are 26 state agencies; over 100 programs and over 300 forms that may touch a Virginia business….the program focus is to match resources to the needs of rural Virginia’s small business community.  This collaborative program with local, regional, state and federal resource providers is taking the resources into the communities and educating entrepreneurs who need help. Today, it is Virginia’s signature business outreach program in every part of the state.  Partnering with the Virginia Community College System has allowed for the development of an entrepreneur pipeline to build demand for in depth business training at campuses.  Since August 2007, 20 workshops reaching 770 entrepreneurs have been conducted in predominately rural Southwest Virginia. 

Virginia recently launched a new online Business One-Stop to support entrepreneurship development that can help new entrepreneurs determine their business formation requirements and can pre-fill their business registration forms.

Sandy Ratliff, Business Services Manager, Virginia Department of Business Assistance, VA

Trenton Hightower, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development Services, Virginia Community College System, VA

Tags:  Diverse Populations 

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship through Education & Collaboration: The Grinspoon Model

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Encouraging Entrepreneurship through Education & Collaboration: The Grinspoon Model

 

Guide Description:  
In Western Massachusetts, thirteen colleges, including three community colleges, collaborate on entrepreneurship education, thanks largely to the philanthropy of local businessman Harold Grinspoon.  His charitable foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative has granted funds to over 200 student businesses, sponsored annual banquets featuring live elevator pitch competitions and held annual conferences for up to 500 students.

 

Full Description:   

The session will focus on the history and stunning success of the HGCFEI. Participants would include Brenda Wishart, Director and Gail Olmsted, representing the faculty perspective. It is anticipated that an additional one or more faculty representing other participating colleges will also present. The model will be presented, the participating institutions identified, and the impact of the funding, collaboration, education, celebration  and training opportunities will be shared. It is anticipated that video clips from the annual banquet and elevator pitch competition will be presented, along with Spirit Award winner testimonials. The session will conclude with suggestions for the replication of the Grinspoon model in other regions.  

 

Gail OlmstedAssistant Professor, Springfield Technical Community College, MA

Brenda Wishart, Director, Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Entrepreneurship Initiative, MA

Tags:  Outreach 

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Valdosta’s $60,000 Business Plan Contest: You Can Do It Too!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Valdosta’s $60,000 Business Plan Contest: You Can Do It Too!

 

Guide Description:  

With entrepreneurship gaining acceptance as a primary economic development strategy, educators are searching for ways to forge partnerships, engage communities and reach out to potential entrepreneurs.  In Valdosta, Georgia a unique twist on the tried and true business plan contest was launched with an amazing result. 

 

Full Description:  

In the three years that Valdosta’s contest has been in existence, more than 100 teams have competed for $15,000 in cash and $45,000 in prizes.  This model is unique in that it is not restricted to students but is open to anyone and everyone who wants to start a business in our county and it is easy to modify for different communities’ needs.     

 

This program will cover the history of Valdosta’s contest and will detail how partnerships were formed between the business community, colleges, and chamber of commerce.  Further it will explain how the organizational structure and rules for the contest were created, and how the cash prize along with in-kind donations were secured for the winner.  Participants will learn how the program was launched with socials and publicity, produced and delivered entrepreneurship training programs for contestants, provided one-on-one consulting and mentoring as well as the process for finding the winner.

 

A package of marketing and development materials will be provided to workshop attendees so they may use them as a framework to create their own contests.  Materials provided include copies of rules and regulation, legal verbiage for the protection of contest officials, and samples of advertisements. 

 

With the strategies and program materials shared in this session, participants will be able to create a business plan contest in their own communities that will enhance and sustain new business development and encourage an environment that nurtures entrepreneurship.  As a side benefit, this is a lot of fun!
 

Suzanne Barnett, Director, Small Business Development Center, Valdosta State University, GA

Tags:  Outreach 

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Teaching Innovation: Raising the Bar in Community Colleges through Innovation

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Teaching Innovation: Raising the Bar in Community Colleges through Innovation

 

Guide Description:
This presentation will introduce a new framework for teaching breakthrough innovation that walks students from scouting opportunity to knowing what to innovate, the process of innovation, and steps for commercialization. Students must learn the process to innovate, concepts of commercialization, and business sense. Through his own research, the presenter has developed science of innovation, and curriculum for innovation that he has been successfully teaching at the university level.

Full Description:
The American
Community College
system offers an excellent opportunity to a large number of students in getting good education before committing to their long term career objectives. Education at Community Colleges empowers students to realize their early learning and professional objectives. However, today our students are challenged due to global competition, and a declining leadership position of the U.S. economy. This global challenge continues to adversely affect many communities throughout the country. This changes provide a great opportunity for Community Colleges to play a critical role in revitalizing our economy at the grass roots level. More importantly, a need has arisen that fully aligns with the vision and mission of the Community College system. We must teach people to think, innovate and create entrepreneurial opportunities.

 

Praveen is the author of several books including Business Innovation in the 21st Century, just released A Complete and Balanced Service Scorecard, and Stat Free Six Sigma. Praveen has worked at Motorola in pioneering the Six Sigma deployment methodology, and teaching professionals worldwide. Praveen has done extensive work in teaching and achieving excellence, and presently focused on teaching and institutionalizing innovation. Praveen writes a monthly column on Manufacturing Excellence in Quality Magazine (www.qualitymag.com), and on innovation for the www.realinnovation.com He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Innovation Science (www.multi-science.co.uk/ijis.htm) that is planned for launch in February 2009. Praveen teaches Operations Management at DePaul University, and Business Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Besides teaching, He has taught seminars/ classes at several Community Colleges including College of DuPage, Harper Community College, Oakton Community Colleges, and Joliet Junior College.

 

Praveen Gupta, President, Accelper Consulting, IL 

Tags:  Faculty Development 

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Launching E-Ship Online

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Launching E-Ship Online

 

Guide Description:  
Taking a program online presents an incredible opportunity to reach new students. It also presents many challenges to ensure that the quality of learning is not compromised. Come learn the strategies and practices we developed to ensure that our online courses adhered to the highest standards for online courses.

  

Full Description:  

By offering the courses in an Entrepreneurship program online, a college can significantly increase enrollment by attracting students who might not otherwise be able to participate in an on-site program because of geographical or scheduling issues. However, ensuring those online courses are high-quality learning experiences can be very challenging particularly when instructors are part-time and may not be familiar with the best practices for teaching online.

 

Delgado Community College’s Business Department has developed and instituted a system which ensures that the online learning sites are content rich sites developed according to the best practices for online pedagogy and the instructors are trained to maximize their effectiveness online and are properly supported in the online environment.

 

The workshop will cover how we obtain and evaluate the online content as well as cover our training program to ensure that our online courses adhere to the standards set forth by Quality Matters ™.
 

Patrick Conroy, J.D., Business Department Chair, Delgado Community College, LA

Catherine Lenihan, Management and Marketing Program Director, Delgado Community College, LA

Tags:  Curriculum 

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Keys to Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Keys to Entrepreneurship Curriculum

 

Guide Description:  This session seeks to identify today’s entrepreneurship students at America’s community colleges.  Johnson County Community College’s entrepreneurship credit program began in 1992 and has evolved over the last seventeen years to include 12 entrepreneurship courses, an AAS degree and 27 certificate programs.  The development of this entrepreneurship programming will be discussed in terms of how it serves this diverse student audience. 

 

Full Description: 

Throughout the seventeen year history of providing entrepreneurship education at JCCC, we have discovered (and applaud) the profiles of the entrepreneurship students we have the opportunity to serve.  Their diverse histories, experiences, lifestyles and motivations have led us to identify numerous initiatives to continue to improve both the content and delivery of our entrepreneurship programming. 

 

The session will review the history of entrepreneurship programming at JCCC – to include courses, certificates, and degree programs in the for-credit division as well as a review of the workshops and one-to-one counseling offerings in JCCC’s non-credit division.

 

Attendees may find two “models” developed by JCCC to be adaptable for their institutions:  1) “Bridging the Gap Between Credit and Non-Credit Entrepreneurship Programming” and 2) Program-specific Entrepreneurship Certificates.  The first model focuses on the institution’s service to aspiring entrepreneurs through our credit programming and the ongoing service offerings to existing entrepreneurs through our non-credit programming.

The second model demonstrates how JCCC has “woven” entrepreneurship education throughout the institution. Addressing both the opportunities and challenges, the “how-to’s” and “why to’s” of these models will be discussed. 

 

Focusing on the diverse student audiences in our entrepreneurship programming, the session will discuss current and future opportunities to further enhance our programming and, thus, better serve today’s entrepreneurship students.
 

Donna Duffey, Professor and Department Chair, Entrepreneurship, Johnson County Community College, KS

Tags:  Curriculum 

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