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Metropolitan Community College (NE) will develop 20 faculty champions for entrepreneurship from across campus to embed entrepreneurship concepts into their classes. Matching funds: $4,900. Project Director: Heather Nelson

 

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The Golden Ticket: MCC's Grant Report

Posted By Heather Nelson, Saturday, October 01, 2011

On behalf of Metro Community College, I"d like to extend my gratitude to the Coleman Foundation for launching a campus-wide entrepreneurial mindset to reach out and not only work with these new Faculty Champions of Entrepreneurship graduates - but due to the matching grant challenge introducing out senior leadership team and our development office to this new program's potential and personnel. 

I'm pleased to report that MCC has provided funding to support this program to re-run a second year.  I've decided to decrease the amount of new champion instructors down to 10 (roughly half) to enable more one-on-one development.  But, also because the school has dedicated funding and adopted "Entrepreneurship" as its themed topic for this year's professional development area for all faculty generally.  Therefore, we will be hosting 4 workshops throughout the year with funding to bring in real speakers (yeah - did I say REAL speakers....knowledge experts in this field!) to teach and invigorate us on areas of innovation/sustainability, building an entrepreneuerial eco-system, etc....  So we will actually have general workshops going along with this focused program. 

I therefore encourage all readers to not only consider adopting a program of this similar theme at their school; but to obviously take advantage of the Coleman grant funding available at the NACCE conferences.  It has made a signficant difference in our little program in a BIG way!

As an individual VERY NEW to this world of grants.....writing them....managing them....reporting for them.....I've attached with permission from MCC's development and innovation office our final grant summary report as submitted to the Coleman Foundation detailing this program, the budget with attachments (all of which are also attached to this blog......actually, this entire blog has MORE attachments than the report does for sake of reporting consideration).  I hope that it greatly helps YOU to launch a similar type program and/or go after your next grant.

For additonal questions or information - please don't hesitate to contact me at:

Heather Nelson

402-289-1376

hnelson@mccneb.edu

 

Again, Thank You to the Coleman Foundation!

Sincerely,

 

Heather Nelson

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Celebration Lunch Brings 13 Entrepreneurs To Campus!

Posted By Heather Nelson, Saturday, October 01, 2011
Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2011

Just yesterday, MCC brought out its inaugural Entrepreneur Champions Across The Curriculum program to a close by bringing together its 21 faculty graduates with their local entrepreneurs.  And - 13 of the local entrepreneurs with their busy schedules could actually attend!  Additionally, each of the Program Dean's were invited, Foundation and grant's staff (always keep them happy :) as well as two of our matching grant donors. 

The program kicked off with MCC's Executive VP welcoming 50 attendees and talking about the Coleman Foundation enabling through this very first every grant received for the MCC for the topic of "Entrepreneurship", this program to be created.  The heart of our time was spent with 5 faculty showcasing their curriculum developed (and most already implemented/started, so they could tell for "real" about student reactions which added to the end value of this program).  It was an awesome experience to see their work!  But what was an even better observation was the obvious disappointment of the other participants....everyone wanted to showcase their curriculum to their Deans, their entrepreneurs and the donors....but we just didn't have time.  So - I might have to put my creative hat on and try to give my "light" to everyone and not have any hard feelings.....It's a good, bad to deal with that everyone was so excited.

The attendees "graduated" receiving certificates from our EVP and the Dean of Business.  Please see picture attached - don't we make a fun group!

but if you thought the day was over....you're wrong.

We asked (ahead of time) for any local entrepreneur that was in attendance to spend an additional 45 minutes with us to participate in a focus group (Advisory board equivalent) session to give us feedback and advise for future strategic planning.  Eight entrepreneurs stayed.  Their insight and information shared reinforced many thoughts that we have had AND introduced new.  This is only the second time that we have done something like this; so it was certainly time with our program just finishing up its 6th year.

Attached are things to help those that might be following along to look to implement something like this such as:

1.  Luncheon Invite sent to a) Entrepreneurs for Lunch and Focus Group b) Deans and c) Donors

2.  Luncheon Agenda

3. Focus Group Handout

and....a few pictures for you to "see" the celebration - ENJOY!

Heather

 

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Workshop #3 - Curriculum Design

Posted By Heather Nelson, Saturday, October 01, 2011

Workshop #3 was originally planned to be a "pre-session" of the day where we had our final Celebration Luncheon.  But, because in between workshop #2 and #3 each faculty participant was required to have a business coaching session with one of the members of our Entrepreneur Instruction team, I could quickly see that we needed a "working curriculum development day".  Therefore, I separated out Workshop #3 to be a day of its own just for this and this was THE BEST decision that we could have made to positively change things through the direct course of our program implementation.  I actually ended up having two different Workshop #3 days to accomodate schedules and some instructors came to both days...without being asked....just because they wanted to have the designated timeframe, be in the room with their new found friends and seek help from our entrepreneur team as needed.  It was really neat to see!

At the end of Workshop #3, the participants made Elevator Pitches (they were taught and prepared for this at the end of Workshop #2) to share their final curriculum plans with each other.  From this, we selected 5 (4 of the individual participants and 1 team) to make their presentations LIVE at the Celebration Luncheon. 

Because we ended up separating out Workshop #3 from the Celebration Luncheon, another 3 weeks past where our new Fall Quarter also started.  This enabled faculty to BEGIN live implementation of their curriuclum plans and therefore have REAL results to report at the lunch! 

Because Workshop #3 was open lab time for Curriculum Design, there was no handout created.

Heather

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Workshop #2 - Opportunities For Self Employment

Posted By Heather Nelson, Saturday, October 01, 2011

Between workshop #1 and workshop #2, each participant was required to identify and interview a local entrepreneur from their discipline area of teaching AND to create a learning plan for how to utilize this entrepreneur live in their classroom to merge academia with the "real world".  (and do be prepared to help the faculty find acceptable entrepreneurs....I asked them to register their entrepreneurs ahead of time so that I could approve their choices and/or help them find more/better choices.  Next go-around, I will create a formal "Entreprener Registration" form to collect the info pre-interview and have room for a post paragraph summary follow up....hint/hint)

This second workshop theme was "Opportunity". 

I started by showing the instructors about entrepreneurial opportunities in the Nebraska and Omaha-metro area by giving a basic summary of "background info".  I then shared with them how to access general and specific databases MCC has purchased for entrepreneurial information such as ReferenceUSA and First Research.  This enabled us to locate everyone's Industry Analysis forecasts (which they loved!) and prompted a not planned discussed about MCC's Career Center.  I was VERY surprised about how many (more so adjuncts) did not know that MCC's Career Center provided workforce data reports for each discipline areas by just asking for it to help teachers be able to discuss the job outlook market.  Now, I was able to show them how to obtain economic development data/reports to be able to show their students the other side of the coin:  how to create their own business (and therefore job) which is known as economic development. 

I was aware that when I had surveyed my peer teachers from other disciplines that when I asked them "What do you do"?, that they usually answered very technically what they teach.  When I would follow up and ask, "What do you prepare your students to be able to do....?", most would answer in some format to have their students be able to get a job.  Now, our entreprener champion faculty members have tool belts loaded with an arson or resources to address that they prepare students to get jobs AND start businesses in their academic discipline areas!

The other great focus in workshop #2 was inspiring the faculty to teach innovatively through creative thinking application.  This in itself can be done through modeling examples throughout the workshop - which we did; but also having a specific topical discussion on this.  We used many "things" such as The Whack Pack (thanks to my friends at Southeast CC in Lincoln for turning me onto this tool!), games, videos, etc....

Attached is:

1.  Workshop #2 Student Handout (with Agenda)

I hope this is helpful to you -

Heather

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Program Launch! Time For Workshop #1

Posted By Heather Nelson, Saturday, October 01, 2011
Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2011

Our pilot program enabled us funding for 20 participants.  But due to the overwhelming surprise number of applicants....and 2 of them coming from "teams" (or departments wanting to work as teams to tackle the idea of how to embed entrepreneurship at a higher level across the department and into multiple classrooms or in multiple ways at a time - which was COOL!), we accepted 23 participants into the program.  15 were working individually and the other eight were from 2 teams (The English Department and the Culinary Program).  All in all, our pilot program touched 13 program areas across the campus.  The other 11 programs included:

Accounting, Business (Management/Marketing), Arts, Photography, Human Relations, Psychology, Ethics, Science/Anatomy/Physiology/Genetics, Info Technology, History and Solar Energy. 

What great new Champions we have waving the flag for entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship / innovation & creativity!

The first workshop theme was "Engaging Entrepreneurs".  The basic premise was to introduce the attendees to:

1.  MCC's existing ENTR program - (so not to duplicate efforts)

2.  Identifying Entrepreneurial Characteristics (in general)

3.  How to identify those characteristics in our students

4.  How to create discussions and assignments that "talk" to entrepreneurs while still reaching their subject/discipline objectives.

 

A good starting place was for each to first understand who they are categorized by being an Entrepreneur, an Intrapreneur, an Innovator or Creative Thinker, or finally the Key Employee.  This gave the opportunity to go over the differences which I represented with posters that were color coded.  Each were then asked to blow up a balloon that represented "their color".....and let me say that the room became very colorful as balloons became tied together, were put one inside the other to represent an outer/inner shell.  They were indeed very much into this exercise!  Each placed their balloons on a wall throughout the room and stood in groups of now new found friends of similar mindset.  This led us into introductions of whom everyone was and what we taught.  Very enlightening first day's workshop! 

The characteristics generated by table teams were each placed one on a post it note that were then shared with the class and placed on a "wall cloud". One could quickly see the unique traits brainstormed as well as the common traits that each group identified.  I retained the post it notes of the individual words and my assistant so graciously entered them into the program at www.tagxedo.com and created a picture of a star of the words that we later inserted on the final graduating certificates (see attachment).  The larger words means that these are characteristics that were duplicated by teams.

 See pictures attached for this first workshop experience.

I've additionally attached:

1.  Workshop #1 Introduction Email

2.  Workshop #2 Faculty Participant Handout (with Agenda)

3.  Graduating Certificate showing the "Star" designing of Entrepreneurial Traits created at www.tagxedo.com

I do hope that it helps you create your own similar "champion" program.

 - thanks!

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

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Program Planning: Research & Application Process

Posted By Heather Nelson, Saturday, October 01, 2011
Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2011

Hello Fellow NACCE members!

Metro Community College's Coleman Grant timeline ran from June -September 2011 (we seriously just finished this up yesterday - whew!), for our inaugural offering of the newly created Entrepreneur Champions Across The Curriculum! program.  And might I say....it has been an exciting endeavor to work with 21 of my peer faculty from thirteen discipline areas.  I encourage every single school to implement a program such as this, as the enthusiasm for the subject of entrepreneurship has multiplied 100x since our start from our leadership down to the Dean's areas impacted and now through to our new Faculty Champion graduates. 

In the planning stages of developing this program, I began to research and research everywhere I could to find what other Universities and CC's were doing in relation to this subject.  To hopefully help YOU start YOUR OWN program, here's my first steps taken:

 

1.  Visited with Dr. Tim Stearns, Coleman Foundation Chair In Entrepreneur and Executive Director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California University State, Fresno.  He started several years a prior a similar "Champion" program from Professors across the curriculum and shared his application (which he further gave me permission to share with each of you).  Tim takes only a few professors each year into his Champion Program and was exhausted for me at the thought of having to work with 20 in one setting....and I now understand his empathy.  Ironically, with our second running of MCC's program next year - we are decreasing our pool size to 10 to more effectively manage the needs (I was very surprised at how 1/4 of our participants really "didn't get it" and needed several individual meetings and custom help with their assignments....but bless their hearts they had the passion and desire to "get it" and eventually did :).    I'm also going to take Tim's suggestion and require in our second year's running that each applicant be pre-approved by their area Dean.  Originally, MCC decided not to task the Dean's to be involved in this; nor did we want to cause more turnaround time needed in the application process.  But now that we are wanting to be more selective and be sure that we are working with high level participants, we are going to implement his suggesion.  Attached is Fresno's application and program outline for YOUR hopeful program development. 

At MCC, we had a very simple application process that went out by email blast.  It is attached.  Despite only asking for a 1 paragraph summary with additional misc. information to be emailed; I was surprised at how many faculty wanted a "canned application" form.  Also attached is our example of prior work that we had done with other Instructors already to motivate and guide them.  THIS was very, very helpful as it proved to be the "ah-ah" moment for those that weren't quite in understanding of what the program was all about.

2.  I reviewed the Coleman Foundation's new site for its "Coleman Fellow" program - a similar program for University Professors at.  http://colemanfellows.com/.  Even just in the past few months, this website has become even more robust with its Professors loading up sample syllabi, articles, discussions, etc....  good stuff!

3.  But, the single best find that prepared for a mindset of working on the topic of Entrepreneurship Across The Curriculum was this book:

Handbook of University-wide Entrepreneurship Education

Edited by G. Page West III, Elizabeth J. Gatewood and Kelly G. Shaver

ISBN 978-1-84720-455-4

www.e-elgar.com

I purchased it via Amazon for roughly $155.  Link at:  http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-University-wide-Entrepreneurship-Education-Page/dp/1847204554/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317507166&sr=1-1

The first part of the book is written in chapter/book format as what to-do.  The second part of the book are actual case studies from Universities all around the globe doing just this.....how they have implemented entrepreneurship into their entire schools OR specific disciplne areas.  Example areas covered are:  science, liberal arts (generally), law, civics, etc....

4.  I contacted the Academic publishers to have them hunt for books or chapters within books on the crossing of disciplines with entrepreneurship and this was not successful at all......so if anyone wants an entrepreneurial opportunity - you can write books on this! 

5.  But, my own collection of finding books over the past two years as I"ve been thinking about this, capturing articles as they've come across my desk and finding associations that supported specific discipline areas and contacting them for help proved a success!  I was able to have books on the following subjects ready for my new 20 (it actually turned out to be 23) recruits on the subjects of:

-technology entrepreneurship

-ethics and entrepreneurship

-corporate entrepreneurship (intrapreneurship)

-arts entrepreneurship

-science entrepreneurship

-engineering entrepreneurship

-etc.....the list goes on ;)

 

Feel free to use and abuse the attachments from either Tim or myself as you wish - that's the Nebraska way of getting things done without recreating the wheel.  And what we do a second time (or next time) will always therefore be better and be better usage of the coleman's grant funds!

Heather

 

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Posted By Matthew R. Montoya, Friday, October 29, 2010
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