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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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Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience

 

Guide Description:

“Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” focuses on strategies which tie K-12 programs together with two-year and four-year colleges to provide a seamless transition. Age appropriate learning exercises allow children, youth, and adults to experience entrepreneurship.  Partnerships will also be examined to enhance a smooth transition to becoming an entrepreneur.     

 

Full Description:

“Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” uses a systematic approach to tie K-12 programs to adult entrepreneurship programs in order to establish a transition from introduction to advanced entrepreneurship topics. Elements of the model include establishing partnerships with K-12 programs, youth groups, community development centers, churches, colleges, and universities.  Experiential learning activities provide the foundation to assist “would be” entrepreneurs to use action learning to examine entrepreneurship topics.   The children and youth portion includes identifying resources available in the local community, identifying desired businesses in a community, and research into unmet needs of the community.

 

The young adult and adult portion of “Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” focuses on intermediate and advanced topics that lead to a successful entrepreneurial endeavor.  Topics include target marketing, connecting the market to the financial projectors, and the financial feasibility of the business concept.  The approach is important to create a vehicle where individuals start thinking about entrepreneurship as a viable option at a young age and continue the thought process through its completion.  Individuals often do not embrace an entrepreneurship model until they have been displaced from employment and are very adverse to making the transition into entrepreneurship.   The model becomes the vehicle which will allow practitioners to assist individuals throughout their “Entrepreneurial Growth Cycle.”

 

 Value-added handouts include the “Entrepreneurial Growth Cycle” Model, examples of age appropriate activities, and examples of community partnerships.  Participants will leave with an understanding of activities and approaches to focus on available community resources that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.

 

Joseph L. Fox, Ed.D., Business Administration Department Chair, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC

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Creating an International Student Business Coalition

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Creating an International Student Business Coalition

 

Guide Description:
Asheville-Buncombe Technical College’s Center for Business and Technology Incubation launched a new program called the International Student/Business Growth Coalition in Fall 2005. This program originated from incubator clients who needed low cost, innovative ways to enter global markets and compete successfully with foreign competition.

 

Full Description:
This program creates profitable partnerships among disparate groups—rural Western North Carolina companies, students at a small community college, MBA students at a state university, business incubators in China, South Africa, Mexico, India Belgium, Asheville, NC, and businesses and students in these countries. These partnerships are focused on opening the world to all groups; to showing them how to compete and cooperate, and how to achieve significant economic impact on a global level.

 

In 1999, the head manager of BASF, a major international company, approached AB Tech with an incredible offer; they were closing their Asheville plant and wanted to donate their space to them, this included 37 acres and 277,000 square feet of building space to help create an economic engine for the region. Long story short, AB Tech accepted, and after millions of dollars of renovations paid for mostly by the county, they opened the corporate/economic development division that includes the 141,000 square foot incubator. After establishing the basic incubator programs, Director Russ Yelton turned his attention to the international market, hoping to bring international business back to the area—an appropriate way to honor this international company’s former space. He knew that based on the incubator’s assets—the incredible, large space, their infrastructure, and solid programs—they could have a global impact.

 

Handouts will include sample leases, overview of regular, virtual and student incubators, program development ideas and other internal operating document examples.

250 word description of presentation, the topic’s importance to attendees, as well as handouts.  Please include interactive elements, “models” and how-tos to create added value.
 

Russ Yelton, Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Ventures and Business Incubation, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC 

Dr. Betty Young, President, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC 

Dr.  Bruce Berger, Business Instructor, Western Carolina University, NC

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Service Learning: Students Learn by Teaching Others

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Service Learning:  Students Learn by Teaching Others

 

Guide Description:

Learn how to engage entrepreneurship students in service learning to enrich their classroom learning while making a difference in the lives of others. Your students will learn while they are “teaching” others, whether it’s K-12 grades, other college students, or the general community .  Learn the difference between service learning and volunteerism. 

 

Full Description:

Service learning is not new but is taking on a new life as a powerful pedagogical tool at the college level. Service learning provides students with opportunities for meaningful service to others to make a difference in their lives.  There are varied definitions of service learning with some including general community service or volunteerism, while other definitions are more narrow in scope and only include students “teaching” others.  This session will provide the opportunity to learn what service learning is and what it is not.  It will encourage sharing of service learning projects and techniques of  incorporating service learning not only in business courses, but cross discipline. Successful service learning projects will be shared, such as a basic entrepreneurship class inviting the local business ambassadors(students charged with learning to teach others) from Microsociety magnet elementary school to listen to their elevator speeches and encourage them to ask questions using a speed dating model.  The college entrepreneurship students practiced delivering their elevator speeches to 20 fifth to eighth graders and the elementary students experienced 20 different businesses that the college students were developing. Other service learning projects will also be summarized with a “how-to” approach. The challenges and rewards in developing a service learning program will be included as well as ideas on how to obtain administrative support, internal and external funding and community support.  Service learning is an important topic for many colleges to explore because it could satisfy a “civic awareness” core curriculum requirement.

 

 Rose Bednarz-Luglio, Professor, Gateway Community College, CT

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Maximizing Entrepreneurial Collaborations: How a Regional Conference Created Effective Partnerships

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Maximizing Entrepreneurial Collaborations: How a Regional Conference Created Effective Partnerships

 

Guide Description:
This session offers a practical model for organizing and implementing a regional conference on Best Practices for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation. By sharing an approach to conference planning that incorporates dynamic hands-on skills-building sessions and showcases local entrepreneurial spirit, Colorado Mountain College demonstrates how a stimulating venue for conference participants fosters K-16 partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance the delivery of entrepreneurship education. This project was partially funded by a Coleman elevator grant.

 

Full Description:
The purpose of this session is to provide a model for community colleges that may want to plan and host a successful regional conference for best practices for teaching entrepreneurship and innovation. The model is based on a conference that Colorado Mountain College (CMC) initiated, developed, coordinated, and hosted at its Timberline Campus in Leadville, Colorado from June 5 to 7, 2008. CMC is a comprehensive community college with a service area of 12,000 square miles in the north central Rocky Mountains. 

 

The conference brought together entrepreneurship educators from postsecondary and secondary schools, students, practicing entrepreneurs, and governmental and not-for-profit support organizations to discuss and develop best practices for delivering entrepreneurship education and training and recruiting and retaining students. In addition, the conference participants created state-wide partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance learning experiences of entrepreneurship students at all levels and in all venues. 

 
The session will consist of a PowerPoint presentation and discussion that highlights the conference planning time table, setting and facilities, program schedule and speakers/presenters, promotions and marketing, food and accommodations, transportation, management tools, vendor exhibits, conference materials, equipment and support, and entertainment. In addition, the presentation will include the conference fundraising strategies, budgeting, and evaluation. 
 
The presentation will emphasize lessons learned that will impact the planning and implementation of future conferences. We hope that the session attendees will learn from the changes that we plan to make in the logistics, outreach, and fundraising for next year’s conference. 
 
Our goal is to encourage other community colleges to plan and host regional conferences on entrepreneurship education and training. These colleges can learn from our experience and we are willing to provide advice during their planning process. The session attendees will receive a “how-to” Conference Planning Guide that includes a planning timetable.
 

Susanna B. Spaulding, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director-Entrepreneurship Program, Colorado Mountain College, CO

Nicole M. Fazande, MAEd, Division Director II-Dillon Center, Summit Campus

Colorado Mountain College, CO

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Building a Pathway: Linking High School, Two - and Four - Year College Campuses

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Building a Pathway:  Linking High School, Two - and Four - Year College Campuses  

 

Guide Description: 

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. 

 

 Full Description: 

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

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Miami’s Entrepreneurship Education Pathway

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Miami’s Entrepreneurship Education Pathway
 
Guide Description:
This presentation will discuss Miami Dade College’s (MDC) current partnerships and the potential opportunities surrounding the e-ship educational pathway in South Florida, including dual enrollment, faculty development initiatives that bring together high school teachers and college professors, and initiatives that connect the public schools, 2 year and 4 year colleges.

 

Full Description:  

This session will discuss several key points of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) current e-ship education efforts including:

1.)   The creation of a steering group comprised of faculty, staff, local business leaders and NFTE representatives that helped to design MDC’s certificate in e-ship

2.)   The creation of the A.S. in Marketing with a focus in e-ship

3.)   The connection MDC has with the South Florida Office of NFTE and the resulting faculty development initiatives

4.)   The dual enrollment program and the process of garnering the support of high school teachers that has enabled high school students to take college level e-ship courses

5.)   The outcomes MDC experiences from the first ever Pathway to Entrepreneurship College Fair which is being sponsored by our local NFTE office and will bring together educators from all levels. This event happens in October, 2008

 

Miami Dade College is relatively new to e-ship education but, with support from our leadership, has made a commitment to develop new programs and increase awareness of e-ship. E-ship is a “major” within Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) and many high school graduates are eager to continue their e-ship studies after graduation. Although our e-ship program is still in its infancy, we are making great strides in building the connections needed to create a pathway for e-ship education. Schools who are new to e-ship education will be able to learn from both our successes and our failures along this journey.
 

Stephanie J. Etter, D.Sc., Director, School of Business, Miami Dade College, FL

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Opening Doors Through Community College/University Articulations in Entrepreneurship

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Opening Doors Through Community College/University Articulations in Entrepreneurship

 

Guide Description:
 Learn the steps to go about starting an A.A.S. in Entrepreneurship program and the advantages of working with a university partner to attract more students to any Entrepreneurship program.  Haywood Community College and Western Carolina University will describe their articulation agreement and its advantages to the students and to both institutions.

 

 

Full Description:  

Haywood Community College was the first college in North Carolina to have been approved to offer an A.A.S. program in Entrepreneurship beginning in the fall of 2008.  Attendees will gain insight on the process and resources involved in the starting of the A.A.S. in Entrepreneurship.  Attendees will be able to understand the specifics of the Entrepreneurship degree program at HCC and gain insights on the importance of the establishing a partnership through an articulation agreement with Western Carolina University.
 

David Forester, Department Chair of Business & Entrepreneurship, Haywood Community College, NC 

Frank Lockwood, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Western Carolina University, NC

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Kaleidoscope, a Twist in Education

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Kaleidoscope, a Twist in Education

 

Guide Description:  

This session will present programming which was organized in collaboration with local, regional and national organizations addressing the needs of the community to engage the Plus 50 population.  Lessons learned and best practices will be shared. Professionals who are looking to involve the community and educational partnership would benefit from this presentation.

 

Full Description:
What is known is that change is coming – in what some describe as a demographic tsunami. Nearly 11,000 people turn 50 every day. In three years, 38 percent the population will be at least 50. By 2030, 20 percent of the population will be 65 years or older. It is a big enough segment of the population that it is important for professionals to start thinking about what these people want and need in their next chapter.  Education and Industry too needs to Re-THINK how to adapt to the changing demographics in the workforce and the needs, wants and abilities of the aging population. Everyone knows the PLUS 50 population will confront volatile economic conditions in their retirement years. This is causing more and older Americans to go back into the workforce. This presentation will address these issues and discuss “Kaleidoscope, a twist in Education” initiative which was created in Northeast PA to help the Plus 50 population prepare for a new chapter in their lives.  “Kaleidoscope, a twist in Education” is a collaborative project sponsored and supported by the colleges and universities of Luzerne County: King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Misericordia University, PennState Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes University and AARP which brings a variety, scope, expertise and creativity to Kaleidoscope programming and events. Kaleidoscope is available for individuals seeking an opportunity for continuing their intellectual, social and personal growth. Kaleidoscope offers to take a fresh look at where you can go. 
Lessons learned and best practices will be shared. Professionals who are looking to provide training to the PLUS 50 population would benefit from this presentation.
 

Christine R. Donnolo, Associate Dean, Continuing Education, Luzerne County Community College, PA

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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

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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

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