$7,500 to support the High School Pathways to Entrepreneurship. High school teachers and students will be introduced to entrepreneurship through teacher workshops and a summer camp for students. An Entrepreneurship Pathways Committee of high school teachers and college faculty will be established to develop collaborative programs and curriculum articulation.
With the camp scheduled to start on July 12th we held our last
planning meet on July 7th. The attendance numbers stood at 18. We
reviewed what would take place and that we would have the students get into
groups by the month of their birth. We would also have them use the marshmallow
and spaghetti to work as a group to build a building.
I learned that everyone had been given the wrong starting time. Instead of
being to 8:00am they were told 9:00am. Alison agreed to call everyone on our
list and let them know the correct time. Most were not at home when the calls
went out. So some of the parents called back they were again given the wrong
starting time. I decided to play it by ear on Monday and be there with things
for the group to do at 8:00 and then wait until 9:00 to actually start the
program. Thus we would correct the time as the parents came in to sign up the
kids. At this time we obtained a medical release and a photo release from the
The program started with getting the kids into groups. It had occurred to me
that a solution to the kids into age groups was to also have them use there
month and year of birth to get into groups. This worked well with the kids
quickly developing was to get into order without talking. We allowed the kids
to work at their own pace on their own business ideas. A number had come to the
camp with ideas to work on. If after two days they had not come up with an idea
of their own we had them work with someone in their group who had an idea. By
the end of the first week almost all had developed an idea of their on to work
During the camp we would present a different business idea each day. Talk on
the subject and try to have an entrepreneur talk on how they used this area
when starting their business. We also so used Website, Video and other methods
to present the days them.
We recorded most of the camp on video and also took a group picture of the
camp. A copy of the group photo plus a certificate of completion was give to
each student. Certificates of appreciation were given to everyone who had
helped with the camp.
With just a little
more than a week until the start of the entrepreneur camp plans are coming
along very nicely. Currently there are 18 students and volunteers signed up for
the two week summer camp. We have learned some things already which will help
us next year. e ran the registration through the non-credit camp centrat
program. This presented some difficulties obtaining important information about
the registrants back ground and ages. We also had difficulty knowing where our
marketing was effective or where it had to be intensified. My next posting will
be the results of the workshops and more recommendations for future workshops.
I will also be hosting a session at the 8th annual conference in Orlando.
In March the "Business Educators
Workshop” was held by the Business Enterprise Center to develop interest in the
Entrepreneur Camp among High School Teachers. In the afternoon, session of the
workshop, a discussion was held with the teacher to see what they thought
should be in the camp.
During the remainder of March
and into April, instructors were secured to teach the camp, room and space was
reserved for the camp and planing was started on what material should be
presented and in what way.
On April 16th a
planning meeting was held with the camp instructors, advisor, an entrepreneur,
to plan how the camp would be run and what the students would do during the
camp. Each student is to work on his or
her own business idea and develop a business plan for their business idea. The
students may work along, obtain help from their fellow camp members, or from
the instructors, or entrepreneurs at the camp. They will develop their business
plan as far, as possible in the two weeks of the camp. Materials will be given
to the students that they can use to continue working on the business idea
after the camp.
The instructors will have ideas of fun ways to introduce the students
to leadership and team work through actives that will also be incorporated into
the camp through out parts of the day. An advisor is working on developing
these activities. A business plan workbook is to be developed for the students
to use as a guide to use in developing their business idea.
On March 18 2010 Lehigh Carbon Community College hosted a workshop for high school business teachers and FBLA advisors. The goal was to not only educate the attendees on new ways to teach Entrepreneurship but to excite the teachers so they would go back to their districts and advertise our Entrepreneur Summer Camp for high school students. We applied for and were granted 6 hours Act 48 credits.
In attendance we had 40 attendees from 6 school districts. The evaluations were outstanding for all the speakers, and many of the attendees wanted to know when the next workshop was scheduled. One attendee volunteer to be an instructor for the summer camp.
Several attendees stayed after the workshop to discuss further techniques for teaching entrepreneurship and innovative projects.
The workshop was a hugh success, now lets just hope we get the high school students to come to the summer camp. We have slots for 25, I have 5 teachers and 1 coordinator.
In preparation for the summer camp I chose to offer a workshop for area high school business teachers and Future Business Leaders advisors. There are two purposes one is to educate the teachers and advisors about the new funding from the Feds for small business start-ups. The second and more important point is to use the attendees to market the Entrepreneur Summer Camp.
Please find attached the program description, goals for the workshop, and the learning objectives. I had to create this document for my application for ACT 48 credits for the HS attendees.
The dates for the summer camp have been established for July 12th through July 23rd, from 8am to 12 noon. This is a 40 hour camp, opened to high school students in Lehigh and Carbon counties.
On December 14, 2009 I met with the faculty and administration for Lehigh Carbon Technical Institute. They are very excited about the Summer Entrepreneur camp. Cyndee Barkley faculty member from the business division will be working with me not only on the camp but the mentor/business teachers workshop scheduled for March 11, 2010. We are hoping that the workshop attendees will be the marketing mechanism to get the students to come to the camp. The workshop will feature member of SCORE as well as the small business association.
Summer 2010 Lehigh Carbon Community College and the Business Enterprise Center will sponsor a summer camp for you entrepreneurs. Richard Warner obtained a grant from the Coleman Foundation for not only the camp but a Act 48 accredited high school faculty workshop planned for March 2010. This workshop will discuss all the aspects of starting your own business and what business skills should be taught in the high school curriculum. It is hoped that the faculty will go back to their school districts and encourage their seniors and graduates attend this summer camp. The structure of the camp is similar to the Junior Achievement where students come up with a business idea and develop all aspects of that business to make it a reality.
Any new 2010 high school graduates or seniors are eligible for this camp.
This program has two parts to it, the first part is to offer a workshop for Future Business leaders Association (FBLA) advisors as well as high school business teachers to ultimately help with the marketing of the entrepreneur summer camp 2010. The committee is composed of representatives from Lehigh Carbon Technical Institute (LCTI), the dual enrollment coordinator, representative from the community, and myself director of the Business Enterprise Center. This committee's first task will be to organize the workshop scheduled for March 11, 2010. The goals, objectives, and outcomes are necessary to have the workshop accredited for Act 48 credits. The theme of the workshop will be infusing entrepreneurship into the secondary education curriculum.